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The illusion that reactive and hierarchical planning methods are at odds with each other needs to be dropped. By exploiting each method's strengths, a synthesis of hierarchical and reactive paradigms can yield robust, exible, and generalizable navigation. Psychological and neuroscienti c studies support this claim.
Childcare robots are being manufactured and developed with the long term aim of creating surrogate carers. While total child-care is not yet being promoted, there are indications that it is „on the cards‟. We examine recent research and developments in childcare robots and speculate on progress over the coming years by extrapolating from other ongoing… (More)
Fukuda was among the rst to consider teams of robots working together [9.]. His cellular robot system (CEBOT) is a collection of heterogeneous robotic agents which are capable of assembling and disassembling themselves. Imagine, for example, a self-assembling ship in bottle. This ability to allow complex structures to be constructed on-site and the… (More)
This article investigates the commonalities between motivations and emotions as evidenced in a broad range of animal models, including humans. In particular, a focus is placed on how these models can have utility within the context of working robotic systems. Behavior-based control serves as the primary vehicle through which emotions and motivations are… (More)
Over the years, there has been seemingly endless debate on how robot software architectures differ from each other and how they resemble each other. Often points are made that some architectures can do one thing while another cannot, or that in fact they are equivalent. The question is posed "Just what does it mean when we say that an architecture is… (More)
This paper, the third in a series, provides representational and design recommendations for the implementation of an ethical control and reasoning system potentially suitable for constraining lethal actions in an autonomous robotic system so that they fall within the bounds prescribed by the Laws of War and Rules of Engagement. It is based upon extensions… (More)
Hybrid architectures provide an e ective means for integrating world knowledge with reactive control. This paper describes the motivation behind the architectural decision to hybridize, and presents a case study in mobile manipulation in the context of the Autonomous Robot Architecture (AuRA).
This paper provides the motivation and philosophy underlying the design of an ethical control and reasoning system potentially suitable for constraining lethal actions in an autonomous robotic system, so that its behavior will fall within the bounds prescribed by the Laws of War and Rules of Engagement. This research, funded by the U.S. Army Research Office… (More)
Hybrid Multi-Agent Architectures support mobile robots colonies moving in dynamic, unpredictable and time varying environments to achieve collective team-oriented behaviors for solving complicate and difficult tasks. The development of a new coalition formation and coordination framework for robot colonies in dangerous, unknown and dynamic environment is… (More)