Forecasting the future, avoiding dangers and anticipating opportunities: these skills are still very limited in current robotic systems. But at ISTC the Goal-Oriented Agents Laboratory (GOAL) is walking this path. The challenge is the realization of robots able to predict the long-term consequences of their actions. This research line aims at replacing reactive robots, which simply respond to their environmental stimuli, with goal-directed robots.


Future robots will evolve their behaviour depending on environmental conditions: this is one of Artificial Intelligence challenges. At ISTC the Laboratory of Autonomous Robotics and Artificial Life (LARAL) is contributing to the creation of a new generation of robots able to take initiatives and changing reality. 

Spontaneously acquiring new skills and behaviors: not only humans and animals can do it. Developmental Robotics research is currently working on the creation of truly intelligent robots that can learn in complete autonomy. At ISTC the Laboratory of Computational Embodied Neuroscience (LOCEN) aims to build robots that, just like children, can acquire increasingly complex behaviors based on curiosity and the pleasure to learn. 

Not only single intelligent robots, but also team of robots! At ISTC the Laboratory of Autonomous Robotics and Artificial Life (LARAL) works on the creation of groups of physically assembled robots capable of cooperating.