Cognition-Enabled Robot Manipulation in Human Environments: Requirements, Recent Work, and Open Problems

Mustafa Ersen, Erhan Oztop, Sanem Sariel

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Service robots are expected to play an important role in our daily lives as our companions in home and work environments in the near future. An important requirement for fulfilling this expectation is to equip robots with skills to perform everyday manipulation tasks, the success of which is crucial for most home chores, such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping. Robots have been used successfully for manipulation tasks in wellstructured and controlled factory environments for decades. Designing skills for robots working in uncontrolled human environments raises many potential challenges in various subdisciplines, such as computer vision, automated planning, and human-robot interaction. In spite of the recent progress in these fields, there are still challenges to tackle. This article outlines problems in different research areas related to mobile manipulation from the cognitive perspective, reviews recently published works and the state-of-the-art approaches to address these problems, and discusses open problems to be solved to realize robot assistants that can be used in manipulation tasks in unstructured human environments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7894169
Pages (from-to)108-122
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017

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