CORAL Group - Carnegie Mellon University

CoBot Robots

We are driven by our vision of multiple autonomous intelligent mobile robots capable of robustly performing service tasks and interacting with humans in our indoor environments.

Our CoBot robots follow a novel symbiotic autonomy, in which the robots are aware of their perceptual, physical, and reasoning limitations and proactively ask for help from humans, for example for object manipulation actions. (The CoBot robots, at this time, do not have arms.)

We pursue research in particular in effective real-time mobile robot localization and navigation algorithms, symbiotic human-robot interaction, and multi-task multi-robot dynamic task planning. The CoBot robots are capable of autonomous localization and navigation in our Gates Hillman Center using the Kinect depth-camera, WiFi, and/or LIDAR.

We first released one of our CoBot robots, CoBot-2, to all the residents of GHC on September 23, 2011. In its first 3 hours of operation, from 1pm to 4pm, its schedule was completely booked.

Send us (people below) email if you would like to schedule tasks for CoBot!

Longterm deployment logs of the CoBots, including odometry, sensor readings, and location estimates are available for download from here.

CoBot Researchers

Manuela Veloso, Joydeep Biswas, Brian Coltin, Stephanie Rosenthal, Susana Brandao, Cetin Mericli, Tom Kollar, Mehdi Samadi, Tekin Mericli, Carlos Aguero, Juan Pablo Mendoza, Max Korein
We are very thankful to Mike Licitra for the design and construction of the CoBot robots.
The research on the CoBot robots is funded by NSF.

CoBot Research Directions

Video of CoBot's History

Video of CoBot Executing Tasks

CoBot Publications