(The Silver Medal Winner in the Robot Competition at AAAI96)

yoda picture

Yoda, JEDI Master

YODA robots

YODA, Young Observant Discovery Agent

(See the resemblence? . . .)

The YODA project at USC/ISI consists of a group of young (and one not so young) researchers who share a passion for autonomous systems that can bootstrap their knowledge of real environments by exploration, experimentation, learning, and discovery. Our goal is to create a mobile agent that can autonomously learn from its environment based on its own actions, percepts, and missions.


Wei-Min Shen , Jafar Adibi, Bonghan Cho, Gal Kaminka, Jihie Kim, Behnam Salemi, Sheila Tejada

AAAI96 Robot Competition Home Page

USC Chronical News Coverage

PBS Scientific American Frontier Program (sheduled on air April 9, 1997)

The 1 minute Quicktime Movie (14M) of the piece on YODA shown as a part of the PBS Scientific American Frontier Program

System Descriptions

AAAI-96 Abstract. get ps file

AI Magazine Article (Spring 1997). get PDF file

Mailing Address

USC/Information Sciences Institute
4676 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695
(310) 822-1511
(310) 823-6714 (fax)

visitors since July 11, 1996

YODA Project( )