Resource-Bounded Sensing and Planning in Autonomous Systems

Shlomo Zilberstein. Resource-Bounded Sensing and Planning in Autonomous Systems. Autonomous Robots, 3:31-48, 1996.


This paper is concerned with the implications of limited computational resources and uncertainty on the design of autonomous systems. To address this problem, we redefine the principal role of sensor interpretation and planning processes. Following Agre and Chapman's plan-as-communication approach, sensing and planning are treated as computational processes that provide information to an execution architecture and thus improve the overall performance of the system. We argue that autonomous systems must be able to trade off the quality of this information with the computational resources required to produce it. Anytime algorithms, whose quality of results improves gradually as computation time increases, provide useful performance components for time-critical sensing and planning in robotic systems. In our earlier work, we introduced a compilation scheme for optimal composition of anytime algorithms. This paper demonstrates the applicability of the compilation technique to the construction of autonomous systems. The result is a flexible approach to construct systems that can operate robustly in real-time by exploiting the tradeoff between time and quality in planning, sensing and plan execution.

Bibtex entry:

  author	= {Shlomo Zilberstein},
  title		= {Resource-Bounded Sensing and Planning in Autonomous Systems},
  journal	= {Autonomous Robots},
  volume	= {3},
  number	= {},
  year		= {1996},
  pages		= {31-48},
  url		= {}
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