Abstract for the September 26, 1997 Robotics Institute Seminar

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Autonomous Mobile Robot Navigation Including Door Opening Behavior

Keiji Nagatani
Intelligent Robot Laboratory
Institute of Information Science and Electronics
University of Tsukuba, Japan

4:15pm, Adamson Wing, Baker Hall

This research was performed for my Ph.D until 1996 in Univ. of Tsukuba, Japan (Supervisor was Prof. Shin'ichi Yuta). In this talk, I introduce research approach "Task Orietned Approach" which we did, and reports one experimental result of autonomous navigation including door opening behavior.

Generally, robotic research is performed by following step, 1) To propose a general theory or algorithm for robot 2) To confirm an abailablity by simulation or experiment There are many researches along this approach, and many good theories and algorithms are proposed. However only basic behaviors are realized under strict condition, and intelligent versaile robot is a very long way, actually.

To grow out of this situation, we propose "Task Oriented Approach" for robotic research. First we set up a concrete task, and then we realize the task step by step. On the process of it, we may find new theory or algorithm which is directly connected with actual problems. We fixed our reserach task as "Autonomous Navigation including Door Open Behavior", in indoor environment.

We developed one robot system to realize the task, and realized robust navigation including door opening behavior. In this talk, I report both hardware and software issue of the robot, and experimental results. On the process of Experiment, we found not only know-how, but several knowledges and problems which common mobile manipulator has. We also discuss about them.

Biographical Sketch:
I was born in Kanagawa, Japan. I graduated Univ. of Tsukuba in 1992 and got a Doctor of Engineering at Univ. of Tsukuba in 1997. Now, Post Doctoral Student in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University. This program is supported by Reserach Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

For appointments, please contact the speaker: keiji@ri.cmu.edu

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