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Application of Intelligent Automata to Reconnaissance

by Rosen, C. A. and Nilsson, N. J.

Technical Report
Institution: Stanford Research Institute
March 1967.

Note: Project 5953 Interim Report 2
From the Nilsson archives – SHAKEY papers

Abstract

This report describes the results of research during the past four months on the project, “Application of Intelligent Automata to Reconnaissance.” The primary goal of this project is to investigate techniques in artificial intelligence applied to the control of a mobile automaton in a realistic environment. The main emphasis is on the design of a hierarchy of computer programs that will accept visual and other sensory information from the automaton and direct its actions toward the completion of missions requiring the abilities to plan ahead and to learn from previous experience.

As of the beginning of March 1967, it is anticipated that the vehicle and other special hardware will be completed and be ready for preliminary experiments within two months. The preprocessor is expected to be completed a few weeks thereafter. Various “Immediate Action” computer programs are now being written to drive the registers on the vehicle and thus accomplish simple movements and sensing acts. In addition, maneuvering tactics designed during previous simulation experiments are being written into SDS 940 computer programs that will call the immediate action routines in the proper sequence to accomplish simple missions.

The SDS 940 computer system is now almost fully operational and will soon be utilized by the automaton project.

Our present status, then, can best be described as having nearly completed all preparatory work, placing us in a position to begin actual experiments with the automaton. We have arrived at this stage somewhat ahead of the schedule outlined at the beginning of the project; consequently, this opens the possibili ty of exerting a more intensive effort on programming the actual vehicle.

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Associated Projects

Shakey

Application of Intelligent Automata to Reconnaissance

Development of the original robot Shakey for exploring AI problems.

AIC Personnel

Name Title E-mail
Bell, J. H. Alumnus
Lieskovsky, Vladimir Alumnus
Nilsson, Nils J Alumnus
Rosen, Charles A. Alumnus

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