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Flakey In Action: The 1992 AAAI Robot Competition

by Konolige, Kurt and Myers, Karen and Ruspini, Enrique and Saffiotti, Alessandro

Technical Note 528
Institution: AI Center, SRI International
Address: 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
Apr 1993.

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Abstract

Flakey is an autonomous mobile robot developed at the Artificial Intelligence Center of SRI International. This document describes Flakey’s architecture, control mechanisms and perceptual capabilities at one particular milestone: Flakey’s participation in the first AAAI International Robotic Competition in 1992. Much of Flakey’s software was designed for general navigation tasks in office-buildings but was readily adapted for use in the competition. While most competitors modified the environment in some way to simplify the problems of self-localization and object recognition, Flakey also distinguished itself through its ability to navigate gracefully while avoiding obstacles and people, employing techniques based on fuzzy logic. The effectiveness of Flakey’s software design was validated by second place finishes in both stages of the competition.

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Name Title E-mail
Konolige, Kurt G Alumnus
Myers, Karen Program Director & Principal Scientist
Ruspini, Enrique H Alumnus

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