Does It Help a Robot Navigate to Call Navigability an Affordance?

  • Joachim Hertzberg
  • Kai Lingemann
  • Christopher Lörken
  • Andreas Nüchter
  • Stefan Stiene
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4760)


Gibson’s notion of affordance seems to attract roboticists’ attention. On a phenomenological level, it allows functions, which have “somehow” been implemented, to be described using a new terminology. However, that does not mean that the affordance notion is of help for building robots and their controllers. This paper explores viewing an affordance as an abstraction from a robot-environment relation that is of inter-individual use, but requires an individual implementation. Therefore, the notion of affordance helps share environment representations and theories among robots. Examples are given for navigability, as afforded by environments of different types to robots of different undercarriages and sensor configurations.


Mobile Robot Robot Control Robot Control System Symbol Grounding Problem Perceptual Anchor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Hertzberg
    • 1
  • Kai Lingemann
    • 1
  • Christopher Lörken
    • 1
  • Andreas Nüchter
    • 1
  • Stefan Stiene
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für InformatikUniversität OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

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