Robot companion: a social-force based approach with human awareness-navigation in crowded environments
Document typeConference report
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Rights accessOpen Access
Robots accompanying humans is one of the core capacities every service robot deployed in urban settings should have. We present a novel robot companion approach based on the so-called Social Force Model (SFM). A new model of robot-person interaction is obtained using the SFM which is suited for our robots Tibi and Dabo. Additionally, we propose an interactive scheme for robot’s human-awareness navigation using the SFM and prediction information. Moreover, we present a new metric to evaluate the robot companion performance based on vital spaces and comfortableness criteria. Also, a multimodal human feedback is proposed to enhance the behavior of the system. The validation of the model is accomplished throughout an extensive set of simulations and real-life experiments.
CitationFerrer, G.; Garrell, A.; Sanfeliu, A. Robot companion: a social-force based approach with human awareness-navigation in crowded environments. A: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. "IROS 2013: New Horizon Conference Digest: 2013 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems: Tokyo, Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan, November 3-8, 2013". Tokyo: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2013, p. 1688-1694.
- VIS - Visió Artificial i Sistemes Intel.ligents - Ponències/Comunicacions de congressos 
- IRI - Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPC - Ponències/Comunicacions de congressos 
- Departament d'Enginyeria de Sistemes, Automàtica i Informàtica Industrial - Ponències/Comunicacions de congressos