KVP: A Knowledge of Volumes Approach to Robot Task Planning

Andre Gaschler, Ronald P. A. Petrick, Manuel Giuliani, Markus Rickert und Alois Knoll

Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 202–208

November 2013 · Tokyo, Japan · DOI: 10.1109/IROS.2013.6696354


Robot task planning is an inherently challenging problem, as it covers both continuous-space geometric reasoning about robot motion and perception, as well as purely symbolic knowledge about actions and objects. This paper presents a novel "knowledge of volumes" framework for solving generic robot tasks in partially known environments. In particular, this approach (abbreviated, KVP) combines the power of symbolic, knowledge-level AI planning with the efficient computation of volumes, which serve as an intermediate representation for both robot action and perception. While we demonstrate the effectiveness of our framework in a bimanual robot bartender scenario, our approach is also more generally applicable to tasks in automation and mobile manipulation, involving arbitrary numbers of manipulators.

Stichworte: robotics, james