Towards a science of integrated AI and Robotics

TitleTowards a science of integrated AI and Robotics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsRajan, K, Saffiotti, A
JournalArtificial Intelligence
Pagination1 - 9
KeywordsAutonomous systems, Cognitive robotics, Embodied AI, Integrated systems, Intelligent robots

The early promise of the impact of machine intelligence did not involve the partitioning of the nascent field of Artificial Intelligence. The founders of AI envisioned the notion of embedded intelligence as being conjoined between perception, reasoning and actuation. Yet over the years the fields of AI and Robotics drifted apart. Practitioners of AI focused on problems and algorithms abstracted from the real world. Roboticists, generally with a background in mechanical and electrical engineering, concentrated on sensori-motor functions. That divergence is slowly being bridged with the maturity of both fields and with the growing interest in autonomous systems. This special issue brings together the state of the art and practice of the emergent field of integrated AI and Robotics, and highlights the key areas along which this current evolution of machine intelligence is heading.