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IEE Colloquium on Autonomous Guided Vehicles

7 Nov 1991

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  • World model based architectures for autonomous guided vehicles

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):2/1 - 2/4
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    Presents the approach taken by the UK National Advanced Robotics research Centre to develop advanced robotic systems. The generic advanced robotic functional architecture for hierarchical development of advanced robotic systems based on the use of world models is discussed. One implementation of this approach-applied to the development of an advanced mobile vehicle-is presented as an example View full abstract»

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  • AGV path planning in docking situations

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):4/1 - 4/3
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    Current automated guided vehicles (AGVs) normally depend on electrical wires buried in the floor, or reflecting lines painted on it, for their navigation. This makes adaptation to changes in production or warehousing processes elaborate and costly. Some recent AGV systems already use beacons, but are not yet capable of avoiding obstacles. Practical limitations between central computer and on-board... View full abstract»

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  • A platform for the development of a machine stereo vision system for the control of a robot vehicle

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):6/1 - 6/3
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    An autonomous guided vehicle is described which makes use of data from a stereo vision system to assist its operations. Determination of the location of objects is demonstrated and the use of this to assist docking indicated. Stereo vision is also used to provide of an escape mechanism and in the construction of maps of unknown areas. The map construction is seen to depend crucially on good camera... View full abstract»

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  • Distributed architectures for autonomous underwater vehicles

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):1/1 - 1/3
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    Focuses on some recent work using techniques from distributed artificial intelligence (DAI) and real time systems to develop a transputer based system which has the potential to implement real time AI decision making with significant computational power in a hardware package small enough to be implemented on a real autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). The authors are currently using a multi-agent... View full abstract»

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  • A behaviour synthesis architecture for mobile robot control

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):3/1 - 3/4
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    Research is currently being undertaken at the University of Salford into the use of co-operant mobile automata for advanced manufacturing and material handling applications. A novel sensor driven control architecture, the behaviour synthesis architecture, has been developed which meets the requirements. This paper details this architecture and compares it with other sensor driven control methodolo... View full abstract»

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  • Towards a modular robotics standard for AGV design and programming

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):5/1 - 5/4
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    Across the world there are many bodies currently involved in researching into the design of autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs). One of the greatest problems at present however, is that much of the research work is being conducted in isolated groups, with the resulting AGVs sensor/control/command systems being almost completely nontransferable to other AGV designs. This paper describes a new modular... View full abstract»

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  • Computer vision algorithms and architectures for an autonomous guided road vehicle

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):7/1 - 7/3
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    The goal of the work described has been to develop a parallel computer architecture, based on the Inmos transputer, which is capable of real-time analysis of video images obtained from a camera mounted on the front of a vehicle. The algorithms investigated are parallelised to a sufficient degree to allow operation at near frame rate (10-20 frames per second). The two principal approaches adopted a... View full abstract»

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  • Ultrasonic arrays for automatic vehicle guidance

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):8/1 - 8/3
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    Ultrasonics enables range information to be obtained directly from either time or phase measurement over much shorter distances than is possible with light because the speed of sound is much less than that of light. Research at Nottingham has been directed towards the development of transducers and associated signal processing to be used in manufacturing applications such as robot and vehicle guid... View full abstract»

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  • Safety aspects of autonomous guided vehicles in automated warehouses

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):9/1 - 9/5
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    Addresses the practical aspects of safety in the use of autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) and automated storage and retrieval machines (AS/RS) within automated warehouses. The present basic philosophy in relation to the hazards and risks which exist at such installations is predominantly based on the doctrine of hazard analysis, risk assessment, and the reduction of those hazards and risks by, amo... View full abstract»

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  • IEE Colloquium on `Autonomous Guided Vehicles' (Digest No.164)

    Publication Year: 1991
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    The following topics were dealt with: distributed architectures for autonomous underwater vehicles; world model based architectures for autonomous guided vehicles; a behaviour synthesis architecture for mobile robot control; path planning; modular robotics standard; AGV; stereo vision systems; computer vision algorithms and architectures; ultrasonic transducer arrays; and AGV safety aspects in aut... View full abstract»

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