Research project

Flexible cognition for robotics in manufacturing

Project overview

We are applying digital mental models for robots that can be flexibly and rapidly re-tasked for various tasks. We are generating a cognitive architecture that embeds descriptions of human cognitive capabilities of mental simulation for creative problem solving on manufacturing robots and task structure mapping in a unified framework for the purposes of achieving rapid re-tasking (task flexibility) of industrial robots via passive human demonstrations. State of the art architectures (such as SOAR and ART-R) often make use of a prior task informed rigid procedural rules that make them less amenable for exploring rapid re-tasking on robots while techniques that use machine learning paradigms (e.g deep neural networks or reinforcement learning) that require lots of data and result in task specific applications. Furthermore, these techniques are yet to be successfully combined with the creation of digital mental models through envisioning and applied to varying tasks in manufacturing environments similar to those to be investigated in this proposal. Our work package is in the application of robot envisioned digital mental models to support them in creativity and imagination of morphological informed solutions to problems encountered in manufacturing (and other sectors outside manufacturing) as well as to support the application of previously learnt skills to new similar tasks. This will lead to rapid re- tasking and task flexibility in robots.


Lead researcher

Dr Erich Graf

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Multisensory perception
  • Scene perception
  • Decision making
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