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EPSRC Reference: GR/J49785/01
Title: ITE: MULTIPLE AUTOMATA FOR COMPLEX TASK ACHIEVEMENT
Principal Investigator: Barnes, Professor D
Other Investigators:
Gray, Professor J Aylett, Professor R Larmouth, Professor J
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Department: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Organisation: University of Salford
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 1994 Ends: 31 July 1997 Value (£): 230,023
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Human-Computer Interactions Robotics & Autonomy
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The aim of the research is to investigate the joint IT/Engineering problem of how to enable a single human operator to interface to, and interact with, multiple automata for the purpose of planning and executing a complex task. The objectives are:1) to develop a multi-agent non-linear predictive planning system to decompose a defined task into sub-tasks for execution by multiple mobile robots,2) to implement a negotiation based technique to allocate sub-tasks to individual mobile robots,3) to integrate a reactive planning system with both our existing mobile robot control architecture and the predictive planning systems and,4) to build appropriate mobile robot hardware for a set of research demonstrations that show the results of our research when applied to salient aspects of the complex problem posed by our industrial collaborators.
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