• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Long Term Robot Autonomy: Can AI help?

    Robots, just like humans, require energy to function. In current mobile robots, this energy is supplied by a power store that is taken back to a base station and charged before the robot is re-deployed. For closed systems and long-term inspection operations, it is sometimes not feasible or even possible for the robot to return to a charging station. Furthermore, robots using sensors can observe the environment, can learn from the environment, and adapt accordingly. The aim of this research is to design and develop a self-sustainable robot capable of energy harvesting from its environmental sources and utilize it intelligently. A state-of-the-art AI model will be developed which 1) given a set of tasks, calculate the tasks energy requirements and decide which tasks can carried out considering robot current energy level 2) constantly monitors the robot energy level while performing tasks and learns from environment, and 3) decide when to preserve / harvest energy. The potential application we are aiming for this research is, autonomous monitoring of city or building water / gas / sewage pipelines.

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