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A Research and Development Program in Applications of Intelligent Automata to Reconnaissance-Phase I

by Rosen, C. A, Nilsson, N. J. and Adams, M. B.

January 1965.

Note: Proposal ESU 65-1 Technical. See proposal ESU 65-117 and project 5953

Abstract

Stanford Research Institute proposes a program that will ultimately lead to the development of machines to perform reconnaissance missions that are presently considered to require human intelligence.

Significant but uncoordinated research studies applicable to this field are being carried out in a number of laboratories. We propose–in a balanced program of experimental, theoretical, and exploratory research–to coordinate the efforts of a large group of specialists wi thin and outside the Institute, directed towards the orderly development of theory, technique, and hardware.

Several key problem areas have been identified and will serve as the basis of our ini tial work. These include, among others, research in adaptive pattern recognition, in learning systems, and in multilevel goal-seeking systems. In addition to the necessary exploration of these areas by analyses and simulation, it is intended to develop a machine facility to permit operation with models that will embody desired concepts, but will avoid superfluous engineering design, thus concurrently implementing theoretical results, major practical problems will not be overlooked, costs of real solutions may be assessed and the operating models can also serve a major purpose in the generation clarification, and simplification of complex ideas.

The machine facility will consist primarily of a high-speed data processing system controlling a simple, mobile vehicle equipped with visual and tactual sensors. It is planned to demonstrate with this facility a goal-seeking automaton learning to perform non-trivial missions in a complex and changing environment–missions that would normally be considered to requi re intelligence.

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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
Adams, Milton B. Alumnus
Nilsson, Nils J Alumnus
Rosen, Charles A. Alumnus

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