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A cognitive robotic ecology approach to self-configuring and evolving AAL systems

Dragone, Mauro, Amato, Giuseppe, Bacciu, Davide, Chessa, Stefano, Coleman, SA, Di Rocco, Maurizio, Gallicchio, Claudio, Gennaro, Claudio, Lozano, Hector, Maguire, LP, McGinnity, TM, Micheli, Alessio, O׳Hare, Gregory M.P., Renteria, Arantxa, Saffiotti, Alessandro, Vairo, Claudio and Vance, Philip (2015) A cognitive robotic ecology approach to self-configuring and evolving AAL systems. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 45 . pp. 269-280. [Journal article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.engappai.2015.07.004

Abstract

Robotic ecologies are systems made out of several robotic devices, including mobile robots, wireless sensors and effectors embedded in everyday environments, where they cooperate to achieve complex tasks. This paper demonstrates how endowing robotic ecologies with information processing algorithms such as perception, learning, planning, and novelty detection can make these systems able to deliver modular, flexible, manageable and dependable Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) solutions. Specifically, we show how the integrated and self-organising cognitive solutions implemented within the EU project RUBICON (Robotic UBIquitous Cognitive Network) can reduce the need of costly pre-programming and maintenance of robotic ecologies. We illustrate how these solutions can be harnessed to (i) deliver a range of assistive services by coordinating the sensing & acting capabilities of heterogeneous devices, (ii) adapt and tune the overall behaviour of the ecology to the preferences and behaviour of its inhabitants, and also (iii) deal with novel events, due to the occurrence of new user׳s activities and changing user׳s habits.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Robotic ecology; Ambient assisted living; Cognitive robotics; Machine learning; Planning
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Intelligent Systems
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute > Intelligent Systems Research Centre
Computer Science Research Institute
ID Code:32183
Deposited By: Dr Sonya Coleman
Deposited On:07 Aug 2015 10:08
Last Modified:07 Aug 2015 10:08

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