AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS IN FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS. Conference Paper uri icon

abstract

  • Summary form only given. The authors are exploring and developing techniques to enable mobile robots to work in a less constrained world than that of an AGV (autonomous guided vehicle). By having the robot maintain an a priori world map, supplementing it as necessary, with sensor-based world perceptions (especially ultrasound and vision), its utility and mobility are enhanced. By maintaining an explicit representation of spatial uncertainty and revising positional estimates using incoming sensor data, the robot does not rely on wire or paint-stripe tethers to reality to navigate. Research is being performed using a Denning research vehicle in a flexible manufacturing system (FMS) environment. AI techniques in knowledge representation are used to embed the knowledge necessary for a robot's achievement of successful goal-oriented behaviors. Relevant behaviors for a mobile robot in an (FMS) environment are being defined.

author list (cited authors)

  • Murphy, R. R., & Arkin, R. C.

publication date

  • January 1988