Plan-based Object Search and Exploration Using Semantic Spatial Knowledge in the Real World
Proceedings of the European Conference on Mobile Robotics (ECMR 2011), 2011
In this paper we present a principled planner based approach to the active visual object search problem in unknown environments. We make use of a hierarchical planner that combines the strength of decision theory and heuristics. Furthermore, our object search approach leverages on the conceptual spatial knowledge in the form of object cooccurences and semantic place categorisation. A hierarchical model for representing object locations is presented with which the planner is able to perform indirect search. Finally we present real world experiments to show the feasibility of the approach.