Lab Course: High-Level Agent Programming for Logistics Robots

Submitted by Till Hofmann on 24. June 2019 - 10:19
RCLL RoboCup 2015 (Hefei, China)

The Knowledge-Based Systems Group is, amongst others, doing research in task-level reasoning and agent controllers for mobile robots like in the RoboCup Logistics League (RCLL) as part of the Carologistics RoboCup Team.

Developing agents for such robotic tasks poses diverse problems to solve: acting rationally under hard real-time constraints, agent-to-agent communication, multi-robot cooperation, and task-level reasoning.

The goal of this lab course is to implement the RCLL scenario in Golog. For this, we will use the newly developed Golog++, which provides a framework for the agent programming language Golog. Golog allows a high-level specification of agent behavior with an explicit world model based on the Situation Calculus.

The scenario for the lab course will be the RoboCup Logistics League (RCLL). In this scenario (top picture), two competing groups of three robots each must complete dynamic production chains according to orders which are posted throughout the game period of 15 minutes. We have developed a simulation of the RCLL (lower picture) that allows to quickly run the game and test without long setup times of real robots. This simulation is also the basis for the Planning and Execution Competition for Logistics Robots in Simulation.

RCLL 2016 Simulator Screenshot

In this lab course you have the chance to

  • learn about robot software development
  • develop an intelligent control program
  • apply methods of AI to robotic scenarios

Videos

The following shows a video of the simulation explaining its basic elements.

You can find many more videos showing and explaining the game at the Carologistics Youtube Channel. It specifically contains a playlist with videos of the RCLL Winter School 2015 that explain major components of the system.

Requirements

  • basic study period completed (Bachelor/Vordiplom)
  • lecture "Artificial Intelligence" from our department
    (or objective evidence of equivalent knowledge)
  • programming skills (mostly C++)
  • interest in logic-based programming
  • high motivation
  • Linux skills beneficial

Registration

The registration deadline for this lab course is over. If you are registered, you should have received an e-mail with an invitation to the introductory meeting. If you have not, please contact Till Hofmann as soon as possible.

Outline

The rough outline of the lab course's schedule is as follows:

  • getting to know our software framework (Fawkes)
  • work in groups (2-4 students each)
  • concept + design
  • implementation
  • integration
  • evaluation

The introductory meeting is on Wednesday, Oct 9, 15:00 in room 2U13.