The Saphira Architecture: A Design for Autonomy

K. Konolige, K. Myers, E.H. Ruspini, and A. Saffiotti

Mobile robots, if they are to perform useful tasks and become accepted in open environments, must be fully autonomous. Autonomy has many different aspects ; here the focus is on three central ones: the ability to attend to another agent, to take advice about the environment, and to carry out assigned tasks. All three involve complex sensing and planning operations on the part of the robot, including the use of visual tracking of humans, coordination of motor controls, and planning. It is shown how these capabilities are integrated in the Saphira architecture, using the concepts of coordination of behaviour, coherence of modelling, and communication with other agents.
K. Konolige, K. Myers, E.H. Ruspini, A. Saffiotti. The Saphira Architecture: A Design for Autonomy. J. of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 9(2-3):215-235, 1997.
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