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!