A TASK-LEVEL PROGRAMMING PROCEDURE FOR ROBOTS

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
21687
Solicitation Year:
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Solicitation Topic Code:
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Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Triangle Research & Dev Corp.
Po Box 12696, Research Trngl Pk, NC, 27709
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Donald R Myers
(919) 781-8148
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
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Abstract
DIFFICULTIES IN PROGRAMMING AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS CONTINUE TO IMPEDE WIDESPREAD APPLICATIO OF AUTOMATION. HIGH LEVEL PROGRAMMING CAPABILITY THAT PERMITS THE USER TO THINK IN TERMS OF THE COMPLETE TASK AS OPPOSED TO THE INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENTS REQUIRED OF THE ROBOT DOES NOT YET EXIST. IN RESPONSE TO THIS PROGRAMMING DIFFICULTY, A PROCEDURE IS BEING STUDIED THROUGH WHICH A ROBOT IS PROGRAMMED, IN A USER-FRIENDLY MANNER, AS THE OPERATOR OR PROGRAMMER PHYSICALLY DEMONSTRATES SEVERAL STRATEGIES FOR ACCOMPLISHING THE TASK. AFTER A SMALL NUMBER OF DEMONSTRATIONS, THE ROBOT CONTROLLER IS THEN CAPABLE OF PERFORMING THE TASK AUTONOMOUSLY, DRIVEN BY ITS UNIQUE, INTERNALLY DEVELOPED PROGRAM. IN ESSENCE, THE UPGRADE PATH FROM PURE TEACH PENDANT PROGRAMMING OR MASTER/SLAVE OPERATION OCCURS INVISIBLY TO THE USER AND DOES NOT REQUIRE A CONVENTIONAL PROGRAM TO BE WRITTEN BY THE USER FOR THE AUTONOMOUS SUBTASK.

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