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Improving robot situational awareness through commonsense: Side-stepping incompleteness and unsoundness
 

Summary: Improving robot situational awareness through commonsense:
Side-stepping incompleteness and unsoundness
Sanford T. Freedman and Julie A. Adams
Abstract-- Robots are continuously being deployed in ever
challenging domains with tasks of increasing complexity. With
these mounting challenges, robots will need to gain a better
understanding of their environment and the status of sur-
rounding dynamic obstacles. Human situational awareness may
provide robots with this greater understanding. Presently, no
straightforward approach is known for achieving human level
situational awareness within robotic systems.
This paper presents an initial exploration into the possibilities
of utilizing commonsense reasoning for the explicit purpose of
fostering robot situational awareness. The paper opens with
a description of both situational awareness and commonsense
reasoning and some of the challenges involved in incorporating
these abilities into robotic systems. A possible system is de-
scribed for improving robot situational awareness through the
use of commonsense reasoning. The paper concludes with an
initial proof of concept evaluation of the proposed system.

  

Source: Adams, Julie A. - Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University

 

Collections: Engineering; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences