CSAIL Researchers Take New Approach to Robotic Planning

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In the quest to create a robot able to help humans with everything from grocery shopping to cleaning the kitchen, Professor Leslie Pack Kaelbling and Professor Tomas Lozano-Perez are taking a new approach: Breaking down the tasks a robot must perform into smaller, simpler steps.

Kaelbling and Lozano-Perez, leaders of the Learning in Intelligent Systems Group, believe that by using a hierarchical, progressive algorithm, meaning that the robot is programmed to handle one small task at a time and not pre-programmed with details pertaining to future actions, robots will be able to both navigate a space and perform specific tasks.

Read more about Kaelbling and Lozano-Perez’s work here.