Action-related place-based mobile manipulation

Freek Stulp, Andreas Fedrizzi, Michael Beetz
2009 2009 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems  
In mobile manipulation, the position to which the robot navigates has a large influence on the ease with which a subsequent manipulation action can be performed. Whether a manipulation action succeeds depends on many factors, such as the robot's hardware configuration, the controllers the robot uses to achieve navigation and manipulation, the task context, and uncertainties in state estimation. In this paper, we present 'ARPLACE', an action-related place which takes these factors, and the
more » ... t in which the actions are performed into account. Through experience-based learning, the robot first learns a so-called generalized success model, which discerns between positions from which manipulation succeeds or fails. On-line, this model is used to compute a ARPLACE, a probability distribution that maps positions to a predicted probability of successful manipulation, and takes the uncertainty in the robot and object's position into account. In an empirical evaluation, we demonstrate that using ARPLACEs for least-commitment navigation improves the success rate of subsequent manipulation tasks substantially.
doi:10.1109/iros.2009.5354281 dblp:conf/iros/StulpFB09 fatcat:uc7rbgwv6nbyfofqghgoglolwu