Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it has developed artificial intelligence technology (IA) that improves collaboration between humans and machines using reverse reinforcement learning (IRL) to learn and imitate the actions of specialized operators.

L’IRL, one of the main features of Mitsubishi Electric’s Maisart artificial intelligence technology, allows machines to imitate human actions on the basis of relatively small amounts of data.

The new collaborative artificial intelligence technology will be further improved by testing that will be implemented in automated driving vehicles (AGVs) and robots at production and distribution sites where machines operate together with humans. It is expected that the ultimate use of this technology will be for autonomous vehicles and other applications.

Main features of collaborative artificial intelligence

Improves efficiency in the environments in which both humans and machines work. In mixed working environments with humans and machines, Mitsubishi Electric’s collaborative artificial intelligence technology allows AGVs to use video recording images from these work areas to learn and imitate human actions. Learning about how to give priority, technology helps AGVs avoid unwanted situations such as collisions or stalls. The internal simulations conducted by Mitsubishi Electric showed an increase in operational efficiency of about 30% compared to operations in conventional mixed working environments, where less intelligent machines are present.

L’IRL Maisart reduces the amount of operational data needed for learning.To allow artificial intelligence to learn and imitate human actions, conventional machine learning requires huge amounts of operational data, in this case video data, which to them

However, Mitsubishi Electric’s Maisart artificial intelligence uses the IRL to reduce the amount of data needed to learn and imitate human actions. In simulations, the new technology required only 10% or less of the video data used normally.

Future developments

In the future, Mitsubishi Electric will continue to develop its new collaborative artificial intelligence for final application in commercial structures. The benefits envisaged include increased operational efficiency, allowing workers to maintain social space and allowing machines and human beings to work safely in environments such as production lines for factories and logistics warehouses, as well as in applications for autonomous driving vehicles.

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