Reasoning for Autonomous Domain-Specific Robots

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Application Deadline
2/28/2020 6:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

This research topic addresses the challenge in developing reasoning for autonomous robots. Reasoning robots would require agents that perform deliberative planning. The goal of planner agents are to generate a set of synchronized high-level commands that once executed will achieve mission goals. In robotics the planner/deliberator is the locus of time-consuming computations. Usually this means such things as planning and other exponential search-based algorithms but also includes polynomial-time algorithms with large constants such as, but not limited to, certain vision processing algorithms in the face of limited computational resources. Techniques and methods for the development of autonomous goal/mission management and planning agents are needed.

Example Approaches:

  • Two categories of planners are “hierarchical task network (HTN) planners” and “planner/schedulers” (Kortenkamp and Simmons, 2016; Georgievski and Aiello, 2015).
  • An example software packages that supports automated planning is CASPER (Continuous Activity Scheduling Planning Execution and Re-planning).

Relevance to the Intelligence Community:

Planning is a general requirement in the management of robots, therefore autonomous planners would be relevant to the mission of the Intelligence Community.

Key Words: Mission Planning, Autonomy, Cognition, Planning, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics


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