UT professors collaborate, improve robot soccer team

Balance doesn’t come as easy to a robot as it does to famous soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo. UT professors Michael Mauk and Peter Stone are solving this inequality with computers and cerebellums. Mauk and Stone are in two very different departments — neuroscience and computer science, respectively — but collaborate on projects to bring these fields together. Right now, they are working on bringing the cerebellum, the part of the brain that directs coordination, to Stone’s robot soccer team.  The two met when Mauk, the chair of the neuroscience department, first moved to UT-Austin. They realized both of their labs focus on learning and intelligence.  “We are doing many of the same things,” Stone said. “He’s just trying to simulate how the human brain works, and I’m trying to figure…

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