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Using a BDI Agent to Represent a Human on the Factory Floor of the ARIAC 2023 Industrial Automation Competition

September 15, 2023
Leandro Buss Becker, Anthony Downs, Craig I. Schlenoff, Justin Albrecht, Zeid Kootbally, Angelo Ferrando, Rafael Cordoso, Michael Fisher
The "Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition" (ARIAC) is an international robotic competition carried out in a simulated ROS2/Gazebo factory floor. Competitors control a robot, overcoming a range of agility challenges in this simulated

Agile Industrial Robots

January 24, 2022
Craig I. Schlenoff, William P. Shackleford, Zeid Kootbally, Brian Antonishek, Frederick M. Proctor, Thomas Kramer, William Harrison, Anthony Downs
In this chapter, we explore existing robot agility research efforts, while focusing on key technologies that help to enable agility, such as the ones mentioned in the preceding paragraphs. In particular, we will look at perception, knowledge representation

Assessing Industrial Robot agility through international competitions

August 31, 2021
Anthony Downs, Zeid Kootbally, William Harrison, Pavlo Piliptchak, Brian Antonishek, Murat Aksu, Craig I. Schlenoff
Manufacturing and Industrial Robotics have reached a point where in order to be more useful to small and medium sized manufacturers, the systems must become more agile and able to adapt to changes in the environment. This paper describes the process for

Agility Metrics in the ARIAC Competition

July 10, 2021
Anthony Downs, Zeid Kootbally, Craig I. Schlenoff
A thriving manufacturing sector is the essential heart of a vibrant and balanced economy in the United States(U.S.). Small and medium manufacturers (SMMs) constitute an important sector in the U.S. manufacturing but they are currently facing an increasing

The Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition

December 3, 2018
William Harrison, Anthony Downs, Craig I. Schlenoff
The Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition (ARIAC) is an annual simulation-based competition initiated in 2017. The competition challenges teams to design industrial robotic system control code to function in a dynamic environment. Each team

Applying Measurement Science to Evaluate Ground, Aerial, and Aquatic Robots

October 12, 2017
Adam S. Jacoff, Rick Candell, Anthony Downs, Hui-Min Huang, Kenneth Kimble, Kamel Saidi, Ann Virts
This paper reports on three measurement science field exercises for evaluating ground, aerial, and aquatic robots. These events, conducted from February to June 2017, were conducted in close co-ordination with the responder community, standards

Test Methods for Robot Agility in Manufacturing

June 2, 2016
Anthony J. Downs, William S. Harrison, Craig I. Schlenoff
In today's world of fast-paced change and ever evolving technologies, there is constant pressure on manufactures for agile production. The need for customization and robustness require today's manufacturers to shift production goals quickly, and address

Performance Testing and Evaluation of Transformative Apps Devices

April 16, 2014
Anthony J. Downs, Lisa J. Fronczek, Emile L. Morse, Brian A. Weiss, Ian P. Bashor, Craig I. Schlenoff
Transformative Apps (TransApps) is a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) funded program whose goal is to develop a range of militarily-relevant software applications ("apps") to enhance the operational effectiveness of military personnel on

Emergency Response Robot Evaluation Exercise

March 22, 2012
Adam S. Jacoff, Hui-Min Huang, Ann Virts, Anthony Downs, Raymond Sheh
More than 60 robot test methods are being developed by a team lead by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with the sponsorship of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These test methods are being specified and standardized

Comprehensive Standard Test Suites for the Performance Evaluation of Mobile Robots

January 31, 2011
Adam S. Jacoff, Hui-Min Huang, Elena R. Messina, Ann M. Virts, Anthony J. Downs
Robots must possess certain sets of capabilities to suit critical operations such as emergency responses. In the mobility function, ground robots must be able to handle many types of obstacles and terrain complexities, including traversing and negotiating

Performance Measurements for Evaluating Static and Dynamic Multiple Human Detection and Tracking Systems in Unstructured Environments

June 30, 2010
Bodt Bodt, Richard Camden, Harry A. Scott, Adam S. Jacoff, Tsai H. Hong, Tommy Chang, Richard J. Norcross, Anthony Downs, Ann Virts
The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA) conducted an assessment and evaluation of multiple algorithms for real-time detection of pedestrians in Laser Detection and Ranging (LADAR) and video sensor data taken from

Stepfield Pallets: Repeatable Terrain for Evaluating Robot Mobility

December 31, 2008
Adam S. Jacoff, Anthony J. Downs, Ann M. Virts, Elena R. Messina
Stepfield pallets are a fabricated and repeatable terrain for evaluating robot mobility. They were developed to provide emergency responders and robot developers a common mobility challenge that could be easily replicated to capture statistically

Traversability Metrics for Urban Search and Rescue Robots on Rough Terrain

January 31, 2007
V Molino, Rajmohan Madhavan, Elena R. Messina, Anthony J. Downs, Adam S. Jacoff, Stephen B. Balakirsky
Rough terrain, such as the rubble that we would expect to find in urban disaster areas, will likely impede robot mobility. The goal of this paper is to find methods for quantifying the difficulty a robot should encounter traversing a region of rough

Registration of Range Data from Unmanned Aerial and Ground Vehicles

October 1, 2003
Anthony J. Downs, Rajmohan Madhavan, Tsai Hong Hong
In the research reported in this paper, we propose to overcome the unavailability of GPS using combined information obtained froma scanning LADARrangefinder on an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) and a LADAR mounted on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that