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Model-Based Strategies for High-Level Robot Vision



Michael O. Shneier, Ronald Lumia, Ernest Kent


The higher levels of a sensory system for a robot manipulator are described. The sensory system constructs and maintains a representation of the world in a form suitable for fast responses to questions posed by other robot subsystems. This is achieved by separating the sensing processes from the descriptive processes, allowing questions to be answered without waiting for the sensors to respond. Four groups of processes are described. Predictive processes (world modellers) are needed to set up initial expectations about the world and to generate predictions about sensor responses. Processes are also needed to analyze the sensory input. They make use of the predictions in analyzing the world. A third essential function is matching, which involves comparing the sensed data with the expectations, and provide errors that help to servo the models to the world. Finally, the descriptive process constructs and maintains the internal representation of the world. It constructs the representation from the sensed information and the expectations, and contains at all times everything known about the world. The sensory system is responsive to changes in the world, but can also deal with interruptions in sensing, and can supply information that may not be available by sensing the world directly.
Computer Vision


Shneier, M. , Lumia, R. and Kent, E. (1986), Model-Based Strategies for High-Level Robot Vision, Computer Vision, [online], (Accessed July 17, 2024)


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Created July 31, 1986, Updated February 17, 2017