Robots


Make it So: Continuous, Flexible Natural Language Interaction with an Autonomous Robot

AAAI Conferences

While highly constrained language can be used for robot control, robots that can operate as fully autonomous subordinate agents communicating via rich language remain an open challenge. Toward this end, we developed an autonomous system that supports natural, continuous interaction with the operator through language before, during, and after mission execution. The operator communicates instructions to the system through natural language and is given feedback on how each instruction was understood as the system constructs a logical representation of its orders. While the plan is executed, the operator is updated on relevant progress via language and images and can change the robot's orders. Unlike many other integrated systems of this type, the language interface is built using robust, general purpose parsing and semantics systems that do not rely on domain-specific grammars. This system demonstrates a new level of continuous natural language interaction and a novel approach to using general-purpose language and planning components instead of hand-building for the domain. Language-enabled autonomous systems of this type represent important progress toward the goal of integrating robots as effective members of human teams.


Towards State Summarization for Autonomous Robots

AAAI Conferences

Mobile robots are an increasingly important part of search and rescue efforts as well as military combat. 
In order for users to accept these robots and use them effectively, the user must be able to communicate clearly with the robots and obtain explanations of the robots' behavior that will allow the user to understand its actions. 
This paper describes part of a system of software that will be able to produce explanations of the robots' behavior and situation in an interaction with a human operator.


The AAAI-2002 Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition

AI Magazine

The Eleventh Annual AAAI Robot Competition and Exhibition was held at the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in August 2002. This article describes each of the events that were held: Robot Challenge, Robot Exhibition, Robot Host, and Robot Rescue.


The AAAI-2002 Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition

AI Magazine

The Eleventh Annual AAAI Robot Competition and Exhibition was held at the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in August 2002. This article describes each of the events that were held: Robot Challenge, Robot Exhibition, Robot Host, and Robot Rescue.


The 1997 AAAI Mobile Robot Exhibition

AI Magazine

A wide variety of robotics research was demonstrated at the 1997 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Mobile Robot Exhibition. Twenty-one robotic teams participated, making it the largest exhibition ever. This article describes the robotics research presented by the participating teams.


The "Hors d'Oeuvres, Anyone?" Event

AI Magazine

Five teams entered their robotic waiters into the contest. After a preliminary round to judge the safety of the robots, the robots served conference attendees at the opening reception of the Fourteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence.


The "Hors d'Oeuvres, Anyone?" Event

AI Magazine

The first Hors d'Oeuvres, Anyone? event at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Mobile Robot Competition was held in 1997. Five teams entered their robotic waiters into the contest. After a preliminary round to judge the safety of the robots, the robots served conference attendees at the opening reception of the Fourteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence.


The 1997 AAAI Mobile Robot Exhibition

AI Magazine

A wide variety of robotics research was demonstrated at the 1997 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Mobile Robot Exhibition. Twenty-one robotic teams participated, making it the largest exhibition ever. This article describes the robotics research presented by the participating teams.