Dr Nick Hawes

Reader in Autonomous Intelligent Robotics

School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Email: n.a.hawes@cs.bham.ac.uk
Twitter: @hawesie
Phone: +44 (0) 121 41 43739
Office: 133 (first floor, back right)
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[hanheideetal10motivation] Marc Hanheide, Nick Hawes, Jeremy Wyatt, Moritz Gobelbecker, Michael Brenner, Kristoffer Sjoo, Alper Aydemir, Patric Jensfelt, Hendrik Zender and Geert-Jan M. Kruijff. A Framework for Goal Generation and Management. In Proceedings of the AAAI Workshop on Goal-Directed Autonomy. July 2010. [pdf] [bib]
Abstract. Goal-directed behaviour is often viewed as an essential characteristic of an intelligent system, but mechanisms to generate and manage goals are often overlooked. This paper addresses this by presenting a framework for autonomous goal generation and selection. The framework has been implemented as part of an intelligent mobile robot capable of exploring unknown space and determining the category of rooms autonomously. We demonstrate the efficacy of our approach by comparing the performance of two versions of our integrated system: one with the framework, the other without. This investigation leads us conclude that such a framework is desirable for an integrated intelligent system because it reduces the complexity of the problems that must be solved by other behaviour-generation mechanisms, it makes goal-directed behaviour more robust in the face of a dynamic and unpredictable environments, and it provides an entry point for domain-specific knowledge in a more general system.
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