Specification of Abstract Robot Skills in Terms of Control System Behaviours

  • Tomasz KornutaEmail author
  • Tomasz Winiarski
  • Cezary Zieliński
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 351)


Robotic systems possess diverse effectors and receptors influencing their capabilities. For this reason description of robot tasks in a human-understandable form, being strict and abstracting the hardware limitations at the one hand, yet enabling straightforward transformation into robot actions at the other, has been elusive. Herein we propose a method of specification of tasks in terms of abstract object-level relations. This approach imposes the introduction of manipulation primitives modifying those relations by influencing object parameters. To narrow the scope of research in this paper we focus on one of the most elementary robot skills: grasping. We decompose the robot control system using the embodied agent-based methodology, define a set of required behaviours and express the skill as a sequence of those behaviours. To enable the future automatic translation from specification to code, we developed a formal specification of the introduced concepts.


embodied agent robot behaviours robot skills grasping force control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomasz Kornuta
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tomasz Winiarski
    • 1
  • Cezary Zieliński
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Control and Computation Eng.Warsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland

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