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Robotics bridgewater state college spring 2005


Bridgewater State College

Spring 2005

Thinking about space

Thinking about space
Thinking about space

  • Brooks once claimed unnecessary

    • But for complex tasks found necessary.

  • Can't go from here to your car without thinking about the space and obstacles in between.

    • No planning done without thinking about space

Representing space
Representing Space

  • Easiest way of internal representation

    • Use a map.

  • Needed for

    • Knowing where to go/navigation

      • “free space”

    • Recognize regions or locations in environment

    • Recognize objects in environment

How does robot represent environment
How does robot represent environment?

  • Let environment represent itself.

    • All planning and manipulation of environment take place on real environment at given time.

    • Plans only based on instantaneous immediate sensor input.

  • If internal representation

    • What are the primitives?

      • Objects? Features? Symbolic entities? Spacial occupancy? etc?

Decomposing space
Decomposing space.

  • Simple method:

    • Divide the space into equal sized squares

    • Decide for every square, is this square free or filled.

    • Could implement with 2d array.

    • bitmap/occupancy grid

    • Space considerations (how much?)

    • Plus side- General

      • Can also add other information like confidence, terrain info etc.

Occupancy grid storage
Occupancy grid storage

  • Cells that are all the same still represented separately

    • Wastes lots of space

    • Can't similar pixels be compressed?

Quad tree
Quad Tree

  • Recursive data structure.

    • Represents square 2-D region

    • Hierarchical

      • May reduce storage

        • Large spaces of occupied or unoccupied space

        • Scattered spaces – storage no better than occupancy grid.

      • Worst case worse than occupancy since extra overhead.

      • Base-2 nice for decisions.

Bsp tree

  • Binary Space Partitioning trees.

    • Usually in computer graphics.

    • Useful for 2d spaces

      • Free space divided into regions by lines parallel to outside edge.

      • Each boundary divide cell into two – but not necessarily evenly.

      • Arbitrary division point

      • No unique BSP-tree for a given space.

Exact division
Exact division

  • Subdivide space into several non-overlapping regions.

    • Union of parts is exactly the whole space.

  • Non-overlapping not necessary, but convenient

  • End spatial decomposition methods.

Geometric modelling
Geometric modelling

  • Spatial decomposition can use a lot of memory

  • Geometric maps one answer

    • Describe world in terms of simple geometric shapes, points, line, polygons and circles.

    • Will assume 2d representation since we don't have manipulators

    • Key components

      • Set of primitives for describing objects

      • Set of composition and deformation operators to manipulate objects


  • Lack of stability

    • Representation changes a lot from small input change.

  • Lack of expressive power

    • Different environments map to same representation

    • Difficult (impossible) to represent salient features in modelling system.

Lack of uniqueness
Lack of uniqueness

  • Models may approximate input

    • Express single set of observations more than one way.

    • Minimal descriptive length

      • Associate cost with each model and attempt to find single model that minimizes cost.


  • Minimize problems by adding stabilizer

    • Discard outlying data points

    • Prefer longer line segments.

      • And parallel to other directions.

    • Prefer models that are more compact possible for set of data points.

    • Prefer models with uniform curvature.

Topological representations
Topological Representations

  • Noisy data -> hard to make good geometry

  • Humans seem to use more topological approach,

    • So how about for robots

    • Cognitive science approach

    • Key to topological:

      • Some explicit representation of connectivity between two places

      • May have no “metric data” at all.

Topological reps ii
Topological Reps II

  • Abstract the environment

    • Descrete spaces connected by edges

    • Represent as graph

    • G = (V, E)

      • V: Set of nodes; E: set of edges that connect them.

    • Book example of ceiling mounted landmarks

    • Airplane travel.

Part ii representing the robot in space
Part IIRepresenting the robot in space

  • Up to now,

    • just concerned with representing the world

    • But need to represent the robot in the world.

    • Now let's represent the robot.

Configuration space
Configuration Space

  • Configuration space formalism

    • Specification for physical state of robot relating to fixed environmental frame

    • For simple rigid robot that can move and turn on flat surface but has no limbs

    • Configuration q=[x,y,

      • What does this remind you of from mobility?

C space constraints
C-Space constraints

  • Contraints prohibit robot from entering some areas

    • Circular robot with radius r can't go closer to any object than distance r

    • Written as G(q)=0 where q is the pose

    • Holonomic constraint

      • Any constraint that does not involve velocity

      • For any real world obstical – can expand to set of points and solve to keep the robot's pose correct.

Non holinomic contraints
Non-holinomic Contraints

  • Non-holinomic Contraints

    • Contraints on what velocities are allowed

      • Much more difficult to calculate.

    • Getting from point A to point B without complete pose control

    • Parallel parking

    • Backing a tractor trailor truck.

    • Free flying robots (conservation of angular momentum.

    • C-space Search path can get large.


  • Point-robot assumption

    • Assume robot is a point capable of omni-directional movement

    • Physics jokes?

    • But robotics: so have to make up for this

    • Do so with object dilation

    • Show on board.

Path planning
Path Planning

  • Now we've covered

    • representing space

    • Representing robot in space

  • Now plan motion

    • Big field – entire book written just on path planning for robots

    • Skim surface.

Path planning summary
Path Planning Summary

  • Want to get from point A to point B

    • Often want minimum length path.

    • Sometimes minimum cost path

      • Not always the same

        • Rochester NY example.

        • Path curvature

    • Obsicles

    • Anytime algorithms

    • “safe paths”

Standard path planning
Standard Path Planning

  • “standard” planning basic assumptions:

    • Rigid robot A

    • Static, known environment W

    • Robot domain is euclidean (we'll use 2-d space)

    • Known set of obsticles in W: B1 B2 ... Bq

    • Robot travels in straight line segments perfectly

Evaluating planning techniques
Evaluating Planning Techniques

  • Environment and robot

    • Different techniques are needed for different robot capabilities

  • Soundness: is the planned path guaranteed to be collision free?

  • Complete: if a path exists is is guaranteed to be found?

  • Optomality: cost of path found vs. best path

  • Space and time complexity.

Graph search
Graph Search

  • Basic graph search learned in most CS classes

    • If you have a topological graph

      • Start from initial node, expand that node

        • Add adjacent nodes to OPEN list

        • Found goal? If not, choose one of the nodes on OPEN and put start node on CLOSED list.

      • Depth-first / Breadth-first / A* search

Optimizing search
Optimizing Search

  • Evaluation function f(n)

    • n is a node on the graph

    • Smaller values of f(n) means n more likely to be on optimal path.

    • Choose node with smallest value of f(n)

    • Assume no 0 or negative values for f(n) (every move costs something)

    • F(n) = g(n)+h(n)

    • G(n) is estimated cost from start to n

    • H(n) is estimated cost from n to goal

Graphsearch procedure
GraphSearch Procedure

  • Procedure GraphSearch(s, goal)

    • OPEN := {s}.

    • CLOSED :={}.

    • Found := false.

    • While (OPEN ≠Ø) and (not found) do

      • OPEN := OPEN – {n}.

      • CLOSED := CLOSED  {n}

      • If n ∈ goal then

        • found := true

      • else

        • OPEN := OPEN  M. (where M is set of all nodes directly accessible from n)

A search
A* search

  • Use G(n) as upper bound on cost thus far

    • maximize g(n)

  • Use h(n) as lower bound on cost of time to go

    • Underestimate cost remaining

  • Will find optimal path to goal.

Dynamic programming
Dynamic Programming

  • Solution must adhere to Bellman's principle

    • Given points A, B, C

    • Optimal path from A to B through C found by optimal path from A to C and optimal path from C to B

    • Create “cost table” for moving from place to place till have a good solution to end point.

      • Use heuristics to not create entire cost table.

Visibility graph planning
Visibility Graph planning.

  • V-Graph

    • Technique produces minimum length path

      • Through graph traversal.

    • Defined:

      • G=(V, E) such that V is made up of union of all verticies of polygonal obsticles as well as start and end points of path.

      • Edges of graph connect all vertices that are visible to one another.

V graph planning ii
V-Graph planning II

  • Once V-Graph setup

    • Have graph whose edges can be traversed w/out hitting anything

    • Start and goal nodes are included in verticies

    • So can travel from start to goal w/out hitting anything

    • Can search graph in time O(N2) on the number of verticies.

To be continued
To Be continued

  • More Navigation next time.