Robot Task Planning for Low Entropy Belief States

11/18/2020 ∙ by Alphonsus Adu-Bredu, et al. ∙ 0

Recent advances in computational perception have significantly improved the ability of autonomous robots to perform state estimation with low entropy. Such advances motivate a reconsideration of robot decision-making under uncertainty. Current approaches to solving sequential decision-making problems model states as inhabiting the extremes of the perceptual entropy spectrum. As such, these methods are either incapable of overcoming perceptual errors or asymptotically inefficient in solving problems with low perceptual entropy. With low entropy perception in mind, we aim to explore a happier medium that balances computational efficiency with the forms of uncertainty we now observe from modern robot perception. We propose FastDownward Replanner (FD-Replan) as an efficient task planning method for goal-directed robot reasoning. FD-Replan combines belief space representation with the fast, goal-directed features of classical planning to efficiently plan for low entropy goal-directed reasoning tasks. We compare FD-Replan with current classical planning and belief space planning approaches by solving low entropy goal-directed grocery packing tasks in simulation. FD-Replan shows positive results and promise with respect to planning time, execution time, and task success rate in our simulation experiments.

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