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Diagnosing Faults In Autonomous Robot Plan Execution
Author(s): Raymond K. Lam; Rajkumar S. Doshi; David J. Atkinson; Denise M. Lawson
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Paper Abstract

A major requirement for an autonomous robot is the capability to diagnose faults during plan execution in an uncertain environment. Many diagnostic researches concentrate only on hardware failures within an autonomous robot. Taking a different approach, this paper describes the implementation of a Telerobot Diagnostic System that addresses, in addition to hardware failures, failures caused by unexpected event changes in the environment or failures due to plan errors. One unique feature of the system is the utilization of task-plan knowledge and context information to deduce fault symptoms. This forward deduction provides valuable information on past activities and the current expectations of a robotic event, both of which can guide the plan-execution inference process. The inference process adopts a model-based technique to recreate the plan-execution process and to confirm fault-source hypotheses. This tech-nique allows the system to diagnose multiple faults due to either unexpected plan failures or hardware errors. This research initiates a major effort to investigate relationships between hardware faults and plan errors, relationships that have not been addressed in the past. The results of this research will provide a clear understanding of how to generate a better task planner for an autonomous robot and how to recover the robot from faults in a critical environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 January 1989
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1003, Sensor Fusion: Spatial Reasoning and Scene Interpretation, (5 January 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.948955
Show Author Affiliations
Raymond K. Lam, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Rajkumar S. Doshi, California Institute of Technology (United States)
David J. Atkinson, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Denise M. Lawson, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1003:
Sensor Fusion: Spatial Reasoning and Scene Interpretation
Paul S. Schenker, Editor(s)

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