AAAI Publications, Workshops at the Twenty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Hierarchical Skills and Skill-based Representation
Shiraj Sen, Grant Sherrick, Dirk Ruiken, Rod Grupen

Last modified: 2011-08-24

Abstract


Autonomous robots demand complex behavior to deal with unstructured environments. To meet these expectations, a robot needs to address a suite of problems associated with long term knowledge acquisition, representation, and execution in the presence of partial information. In this paper, we address these issues by the acquisition of broad, domain general skills using an intrinsically motivated reward function. We show how these skills can be represented compactly and used hierarchically to obtain complex manipulation skills. We further present a Bayesian model using the learned skills to model objects in the world, in terms of the actions they afford. We argue that our knowledge representation allows a robot to both predict the dynamics of objects in the world as well as recognize them.

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