Many Robots Make Short Work


Guzzoni, D., Cheyer, A., Julia, L., & Konolige, K. (1997). Many Robots Make Short Work: Report of the SRI International Mobile Robot Team. AI Magazine, 18(1), 55.


Indoor mobile robots are becoming reliable enough in navigation tasks to consider working with teams of robots. Using SRI International’s open-agent architecture (OAA) and SAPHIRA robot-control system, we configured three physical robots and a set of software agents on the internet to plan and act in coordination. Users communicate with the robots using a variety of multimodal input: pen, voice, and keyboard. The robust capabilities of the OAA and SAPHIRA enabled us to design and implement a winning team in the six weeks before the Fifth Annual AAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition.

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