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Alexander Ferrein, Gerald Steinbauer, Stavros Vassos, In Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Cognitive Robotics (CogRob-2012) of the 26th AAAI Conference (AAAI-2012) Conference, Toronto ON, Canada, 2012.
Many tasks for autonomous agents or robots are best de- scribed by a specification of the environment and a specification of the available actions the agent or robot can perform. Combining such a specification with the possibility to imperatively program a robot or agent is what we call the action-based imperative programming. One of the most successful such approaches is Golog. In this paper, we draft a proposal for a new robot programming language YAGI, which is based on the action-based imperative programming paradigm. Our goal is to design a small, portable stand-alone YAGI interpreter. We combine the benefits of a principled domain specification with a clean, small and simple programming language, which does not exploit any side-effects from the implementation language. We discuss general requirements of action-based programming languages and outline YAGI, our action-based language approach which particularly aims at embeddability.