Autonomous Vacuum Cleaners Must Be Bayesian

AAAI Conferences 

Autonomous vacuuming agents are no exception. Under the assumptions that the physical architectures for such agents include an on-board, self contained power supply, (to avoid the cord-entanglement problem), and sensors which may be prone to failure and noise, the basic problem is one of tracking and resource management. An accurate and timely representation of critical parameters and system state must be maintained if the task is to be accomplished with any efficiency or reliability. Bayesian techniques provide the most effective and accurate means to maintain this information. Most of these techniques were developed in the early 1960's.