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Machine Learning Meets Quantitative Planning: Enabling Self-adaptation in Autonomous Robots

Pooyan Jamshidi, Javier Cámara, Bradley Schmerl, Christian Kästner and David Garlan.


In Proceedings of the 14th Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems, Montreal, Canada, 25-26 May 2019. To appear.

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Abstract
Modern cyber-physical systems (e.g., robotics systems) are typically composed of physical and software components, the characteristics of which are likely to change over time. %BS{Removed reference to behavior because classical behavior (e.g., run time dynamics) isn't really what we are talking about - we're talking more about qualities.} % the that are likely to change their behavior over time. Assumptions about parts of the system made at design time may not hold at run time, especially when a system is deployed for long periods (e.g., over decades). Self-adaptation is designed to find reconfigurations of systems to handle such run-time inconsistencies. Planners can be used to find and enact optimal reconfigurations in such an evolving context. However, for systems that are highly configurable, such planning becomes intractable due to the size of the adaptation space. To overcome this challenge, in this paper we explore an approach that (a) uses machine learning to find Pareto-optimal configurations without needing to explore every configuration, and (b) restricts the search space to such configurations to make planning tractable. We explore this in the context of robot missions that need to consider task timeliness and energy consumption. An independent evaluation shows that our approach results in high quality adaptation plans in uncertain and adversarial environments.

Keywords: Cyberphysical Systems, Self-adaptation.  
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