DFKI-LT - Multi-Layered Conceptual Spatial Mapping for Autonomous Mobile Robots

Hendrik Zender, Geert-Jan Kruijff
Multi-Layered Conceptual Spatial Mapping for Autonomous Mobile Robots
in: Holger Schultheis, Thomas Barkowsky, Benjamin Kuipers, Bernhard Hommel (eds.):
2 Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium on Control Mechanisms for Spatial Knowledge Processing in Cognitive / Intelligent Systems,
Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium number SS-07-01, Pages 62-66, Stanford University, CA, USA, AAAI Press, AAAI, Menlo Park, CA, USA, 3/2007

 
This paper presents an approach to spatial mapping for autonomous mobile robots that are to operate among, and interact with, non-expert human users. We argue that our approach of conceptual spatial mapping helps bridge the gap between the representations needed for low-level control of the robot, and the conceptual-topological representations of space humans have. Our approach maintains spatial knowledge on multiple interconnected layers. We show that a process for map acquisition, human-augmented mapping, which combines bottom-up and top-down influences from different modalities, will yield a rich multi-layered spatial representation. This representation enables the robot to perform complex actions in a human-populated environment. We show that our approach can be used to establish a notion of situational and functional awareness.
 
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