Reasoning by Anomaly Detection to Improve Planning Robustness for Autonomous Robots in Changing Environments

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Abstract

The requirement for autonomous robots to exhibit higher level cognitive skills by planning and adapting in an ever changing environment and situation is indeed a great challenge for the AI community. In robotics task planning, the typical use of automated planners entails using fixed action descriptions that neglect the subtle differences that appear when environment change occurs or where behavioural capabilities are not adequately captured. Failure of action at execution time can be a result of a mismatch between the actions in the abstract plan and the low-level commands, because knowledge in the abstract level is incorrect or not sufficiently accurate. The choice of parameters in the low-level commands corresponding to the abstract actions, and their related information can strongly affect the success of execution. Incorrect choices may cause plan execution to fail. For a more robust robot capable of adapting to the changing environment, the goal of this project is to bridge the gap between abstract plans and robot action execution. Our approach is to extend a high-level planning platform (ROSPlan) to help create more robust planning systems by using theory refinement (TR) techniques to develop intelligent robot behaviour based on experience. Refinement will involve reasoning over action execution failure using Anomaly Detection (AD) techniques. The general aims of our research are to make it possible for robot task planning to adapt to changing situations towards long-term autonomy, but still retaining some abstract theory of the environment which can be used as an explanation for behaviour. This paper reports on a crucial step in that theory refinement process: determination of the cause of failure in order to drive the changes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication35th Workshop of the UK Planning and Scheduling Special Interest Group
Number of pages9
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Nov 2020
Event35th Workshop of the UK Planning and Scheduling Special Interest Group - Online
Duration: 16 Dec 202016 Dec 2020
Conference number: 35
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Conference

Conference35th Workshop of the UK Planning and Scheduling Special Interest Group
Abbreviated titlePlanSIG2020
Period16/12/2016/12/20
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