Cognitive Autonomous Systems Laboratory
Welcome to CASL
The Cognitive Autonomous Systems Laboratory (CASL) is a research
group in the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA)
at Linköping University, Sweden, and more particularly
in the department's division for
Artificial Intelligence and Integrated Computation Systems
(AIICS). The group is led by Erik Sandewall and belongs to a sequence
of research groups with related but distinct topics that have worked
over the years and that is referred to as the CAISOR suite.
The CAISOR Website
describes the long-term goals and long-term results of the CAISOR
sequence of research groups and projects.
Our Scientific Area
The CASL group was formed in the beginning of 2002 with cognitive
autonomy in robotic systems as its area of research. The
design of a dialog system for spoken natural-language dialog between
a human and a UAV robot was adopted in the autumn of 2002 as its
concrete common interest. We envisage a proactive dialog system with
considerable autonomy, gradually becoming an "Autonomous Operator's
Assistant", and not only a reactive system that effectuates commands and
queries, but the implementation of a mixed-initiative dialog
without autonomy has been the
first step. The research area for the group can therefore
be characterized as a combination of the following areas:
The first three topics are described in more detail under the menu item
"Research Topic: Robotic Dialog", and the fourth topic under the
menu item "Research Topic: Lifecycle Computing".
- Human-Computer Dialog in Natural Language
- Autonomous Agents, in particular High-Level Autonomy in Robots
for the purpose of interaction
- Knowledge Representation for Autonomous Robots
- Software Technology as required or suggested by the above.
Prospects for the future: Due to the current very disappointing
funding situation in Sweden for UAV research (our source of funding
until now), and the scarcity of alternative funding sources,
it is now unlikely that the group will survive any longer than to
early 2006. However we will keep up the work and finish current
projects before the funding runs out.
The present website contains descriptions of present and past group
members and their projects and results. Please refer also to the main
CAISOR website for a longer-term view of our research.
Posted on 2005-05-16 as part of the