Robot approaching and engaging people in a human-robot companion framework
Document typeConference report
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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This paper presents a new model to make robots capable of approaching and engaging people with a human-like behavior, while they are walking in a side-by-side formation with a person. This method extends our previous work , which allows the robot to adapt its navigation behaviour according to the person being accompanied and the dynamic environment. In the current work, the robot is able to predict the best encounter point between the human-robot group and the approached person. Then, in the encounter point the robot modifies its position to achieve an engagement with both people. The encounter point is computed using a gradient descent method that takes into account all people predictions. Moreover, we make use of the Extended Social Force Model (ESFM), and it is modified to include the dynamic goal. The method has been validated over several situations and in real-life experiments, in addition, a user study has been realized to reveal the social acceptability of the robot in this task.
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CitationRepiso, E.; Garrell, A.; Sanfeliu, A. Robot approaching and engaging people in a human-robot companion framework. A: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. "2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018, p. 8200-8205.
- Departament d'Enginyeria de Sistemes, Automàtica i Informàtica Industrial - Ponències/Comunicacions de congressos 
- IRI - Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPC - Ponències/Comunicacions de congressos 
- VIS - Visió Artificial i Sistemes Intel.ligents - Ponències/Comunicacions de congressos