APPLICATION OF INTELLIGENT AUTOMATA TO RECONNAISSANCE.
Interim rept. Mar-Nov 66,
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CA
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This report describes the results of research during the first eight months on the project Application of Intelligent Automata to Reconnaissance. The primary goal of this project is to investigate techniques in artificial intelligence applied to the control of a mobile automation in a realistic environment. The main emphasis is in the design of a hierarchy of computer programs that will accept visual and other sensory information from the automation and direct its actions toward the completion of missions requiring the abilities to plan ahead and to learn from previous experience. The automation itself is a four-wheeled, self-powered vehicle with two simple arms for grasping objects. It will carry a television camera, an optical range-measuring device, tactile sensors, a transceiver, and storage and routing logic. The vehicle will be radio-controlled by an SDS 940 time-shared computer. The computer, with the aid of special image-processing hardware, will analyze television pictures transmitted from the vehicle and will calculate a sequence of vehicle actions designed to accomplish the tasks given to the automation. Calculation of the appropriate action sequence will be performed by problem-solving computer programs which will use internally-stored models of the world generated and abstracted during the course of automation explorations.
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