How to Make a Humanlike Robot

  • Yoseph Bar-Cohen
  • David Hanson
  • Adi Marom


Making humanlike robots is a complex task that requires not only copying the appearance of humans but also replicating the core of what makes us human, including our thoughts, emotions, and capabilities. Effectively, we need to model human movement and behavior, and even the way we think. This task involves many science and engineering disciplines, including mechanical and electrical engineering, materials science, computer science, artificial intelligence (AI), and control. By developing robots that appear and function similar to humans we understand ourselves better and we make robots that we can better relate to, as though we were relating to fellow humans. Making such robots can benefit from advances in biomimetics – the study of nature and its interpretation in biologically inspired technologies.


Facial Expression Electronic Nose Ultrasonic Motor Electronic Tongue Artificial Muscle 
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Internet Websites

  1. Carnegie Mellon contributions to walking robots
  2. Game machines play (including World Cup)
  3. Gynoid (Female-like robots)
  4. Honda’s Asimo
  5. Humanoid robots
  6. RoboGames (formerly Robolympics)
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoseph Bar-Cohen
    • 1
  • David Hanson
    • 2
  • Adi Marom
    • 3
  1. 1.California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion LabPasadena
  2. 2.Hanson RoboticsRichardson
  3. 3.New York

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