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System and method for seamless task-directed autonomy for robots

United States Patent

September 18, 2012
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Robotics – Intelligence Kernel
Systems, methods, and user interfaces are used for controlling a robot. An environment map and a robot designator are presented to a user. The user may place, move, and modify task designators on the environment map. The task designators indicate a position in the environment map and indicate a task for the robot to achieve. A control intermediary links task designators with robot instructions issued to the robot. The control intermediary analyzes a relative position between the task designators and the robot. The control intermediary uses the analysis to determine a task-oriented autonomy level for the robot and communicates target achievement information to the robot. The target achievement information may include instructions for directly guiding the robot if the task-oriented autonomy level indicates low robot initiative and may include instructions for directing the robot to determine a robot plan for achieving the task if the task-oriented autonomy level indicates high robot initiative.
Nielsen; Curtis (Rexburg, ID), Bruemmer; David (Idaho Falls, ID), Few; Douglas (Idaho Falls, ID), Walton; Miles (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
12/ 048,110
March 13, 2008
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC07-05-ID14517 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.