COACHES: an assistance multi-robot system in public areas
Jeanpierre, Laurent and Mouaddib, Abdel-Illah and Iocchi, Luca and Lazaro, Maria and Pennisi, Andrea and Sahli, Hichem and Erdem, Esra and Demirel, Ezgi and Patoğlu, Volkan (2017) COACHES: an assistance multi-robot system in public areas. In: The European Conference on Mobile Robotics (ECMR), Paris, France
Official URL: http://ecmr2017.ensta-paristech.fr/main/proceedings/
In this paper, we present a robust system of self-directed autonomous robots evolving in a complex and public spaces and interacting with people. This system integrates highlevel skills of environment modeling using knowledge-based modeling and reasoning and scene understanding with robust image and video analysis, distributed autonomous decisionmaking using Markov decision process and Petri-Net planning, short-term interacting with humans and robust and safe navigation in overcrowding spaces. This system has been deployed in a variety of public environments such as a shopping mall, a center of congress and in a lab to assist people and visitors. The results are very satisfying showing the effectiveness of the system and going beyond just a simple proof of concepts.
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