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Engineering robust intelligent robots
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The purpose of this paper is to discuss the challenge of engineering robust intelligent robots. Robust intelligent robots may be considered as ones that not only work in one environment but rather in all types of situations and conditions. Our past work has described sensors for intelligent robots that permit adaptation to changes in the environment. We have also described the combination of these sensors with a "creative controller" that permits adaptive critic, neural network learning, and a dynamic database that permits task selection and criteria adjustment. However, the emphasis of this paper is on engineering solutions which are designed for robust operations and worst case situations such as day night cameras or rain and snow solutions. This ideal model may be compared to various approaches that have been implemented on "production vehicles and equipment" using Ethernet, CAN Bus and JAUS architectures and to modern, embedded, mobile computing architectures. Many prototype intelligent robots have been developed and demonstrated in terms of scientific feasibility but few have reached the stage of a robust engineering solution. Continual innovation and improvement are still required. The significance of this comparison is that it provides some insights that may be useful in designing future robots for various manufacturing, medical, and defense applications where robust and reliable performance is essential.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 January 2010
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7539, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXVII: Algorithms and Techniques, 753904 (18 January 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.838730
Show Author Affiliations
E. L. Hall, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
S. M. Alhaj Ali, The Hashemite Univ. (Jordan)
M. Ghaffari, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
X. Liao, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
M. Cao, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7539:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXVII: Algorithms and Techniques
David P. Casasent; Ernest L. Hall; Juha Röning, Editor(s)

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