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  1. Elements of Autonomous Self-Reconfigurable Robots

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    Christensen, David Johan

    In this thesis, we study several central elements of autonomous self-reconfigurable modular robots. Unlike conventional robots such robots are: i) Modular, since robots are assembled from numerous robotic modules. ii) Reconfigurable, since the modules can be combined in a variety of ways. iii) Self......-reconfigurable, since the modules themselves are able to change how they are combined. iv) Autonomous, since robots control themselves without human guidance. Such robots are attractive to study since they in theory have several desirable characteristics, such as versatility, reliability and cheapness. In practice...... however, it is challenging to realize such characteristics since state-of-the-art systems and solutions suffer from several inherent technical and theoretical problems and limitations. In this thesis, we address these challenges by exploring four central elements of autonomous self-reconfigurable modular...

  2. Roles and Self-Reconfigurable Robots

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    Dvinge, Nicolai; Schultz, Ulrik Pagh; Christensen, David Johan

    2007-01-01

    A self-reconfigurable robot is a robotic device that can change its own shape. Self-reconfigurable robots are commonly built from multiple identical modules that can manipulate each other to change the shape of the robot. The robot can also perform tasks such as locomotion without changing shape....... Programming a modular, self-reconfigurable robot is however a complicated task: the robot is essentially a real-time, distributed embedded system, where control and communication paths often are tightly coupled to the current physical configuration of the robot. To facilitate the task of programming modular......, self-reconfigurable robots, we have developed a declarative, role-based language that allows the programmer to associate roles and behavior to structural elements in a modular robot. Based on the role declarations, a dedicated middleware for high-level distributed communication is generated...

  3. A mobile self-reconfigurable robot based on modularity

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    Zhong Ming; Guo Wei; Xu Ji'an; Sun Lining

    2009-01-01

    A novel mobile self-reconfigurable robot is presented. This robot consists of several independent units. Each unit is composed of modular components including ultrasonic sensor, camera, communication, computation, and mobility parts, and is capable of simple self-reconfiguring to enhance its mobility by expanding itself. Several units can not only link into a train or other shapes autonomously via camera and sensors to be a united whole robot for obstacle clearing, but also disjoin to be separate units under control after missions. To achieve small overall size, compact mechanical structures are adopted in modular components design, and a miniature advanced RISC machines (ARM) based embedded controller is developed for minimal power consumption and efficient global control. The docking experiment between two units has also been implemented.

  4. Lattice Automata for Control of Self-Reconfigurable Robots

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    Støy, Kasper

    2015-01-01

    Self-reconfigurable robots are built from robotic modules typically organised in a lattice. The robotic modules themselves are complete, although simple, robots and have onboard batteries, actuators, sensors, processing power, and communication capabilities. The modules can automatically connect...... to and disconnect from neighbour modules and move around in the lattice of modules. The self-reconfigurable robot as a whole can, through this automatic rearrangement of modules, change its own shape to adapt to the environment or as a response to new tasks. Potential advantages of self-reconfigurable robots...... are extreme versatility and robustness. The organisation of self-reconfigurable robots in a lattice structure and the emphasis on local communication between modules mean that lattice automata are a useful basis for control of self-reconfigurable robots. However, there are significant differences which arise...

  5. Design and implementation of a modular self-reconfigurable robot

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    Zhao Jie; Tang Shufeng; Zhu Yanhe

    2009-01-01

    A novel modular self-reconfigurable robot called UBot is presented. This robot consists of several standard modules. The module is cubic structure based on double rotational DOF, and has four connecting surfaces that can connect to adjacent modules. A hook-type mechanism is designed, which can quickly and reliably connect to or disconnect from adjacent module. This mechanism is self-locking after connected, and energy-saving. To achieve small overall size and mass, compact me chanical structures and electrical systems are adopted in modular design. The modules have embedded power supply and adopt wireless communication, which can avoid cable-winding and improve flexibility of locomotion and self-reconfiguration. A group of UBot modules can adapt their configuration and function to the changing environment without external help by changing their connections and positions . The basic motion and self-reconfiguration are proposed, and the experiments of worm-like locomotion are implemented.

  6. A Domain-Specific Language for Programming Self-Reconfigurable Robots

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    Schultz, Ulrik Pagh; Christensen, David Johan; Støy, Kasper

    2007-01-01

    A self-reconfigurable robot is a robotic device that can change its own shape. Self-reconfigurable robots are commonly built from multiple identical modules that can manipulate each other to change the shape of the robot. The robot can also perform tasks such as locomotion without changing shape...... of the robot using a dedicated virtual machine implemented on the ATRON self-reconfigurable robot....

  7. Docking Design of Self-Reconfigurable Robot

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    Fei, Yanqiong

    2011-01-01

    Docking design of self‐reconfigurable robots is studied. Firstly, the self‐reconfigurable robot is presented. Its basic module is designed, which is composed of a central cube and six rotary arms. Then, the novel docking mechanism of each module is designed. It is critical for the self‐reconfigurable robot to discard any faulty modules for the self‐repairing actions. The docking process is analyzed with the geometric method. The docking forces between two modules are d...

  8. Modular structure of a self-reconfigurable robot

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    FEI Yanqiong; DONG Qinglei; ZHAO Xifang

    2007-01-01

    This paper proposes a novel, hermaphroditic, and lattice self-reconfigurable modular robot. Each module is composed of a center body--a cubic part and six sides that can rotate independently. There are two holes and two exten- sible pegs on each side. The rotary motion of each side and the extensible motion of the pegs are generated by a motor connected to a reducer, using a cone-shaped gear, belt, clutch, etc. The structure of the module is compact, and has space to extend further.

  9. Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robots Adaptively Transforming a Mechanical Structure: Algorithm for Adaptive Transformation to Load Condition

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    Yosuke Suzuki

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Self-reconfigurable modular robots are composed of modules which are able to autonomously change the way they are connected. An appropriate control algorithm enables the modular robots to change their shape in order to adapt to their immediate environment. In this paper, we propose an algorithm for adaptive transformation to load condition of the modular robots. The algorithm is based on a simple idea that modules have tendency to gather around stress-concentrated parts and reinforce the parts. As a result of the self-reconfiguration rule, the modular robots form an appropriate structure to stand for the load condition. Applying the algorithm to our modular robot named “CHOBIE II,” we show by computer simulation that the modules are able to construct a cantilever structure with avoiding overstressed states.

  10. Metamorphic Algorithm of Self-reconfigurable Modular Robotic System

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    徐威; 王高中; 李倩; 王石刚

    2004-01-01

    A self-reconfigurable robot is a non-linear complex system composed of a large number of modules. The complexity caused by non-linearity makes it difficult to solve the problem of module motion planning and shape-changing control with the traditional algorithm. In this paper, a full-discrete metamorphic algorithm is proposed. The modules concurrently process the local sensing information, update their eigenvector, and act by the same predetermined logical rules. Then a reasonable motion sequence for modules and the global metamorphosis can be obtained. Therefore, the complexity of metamorphic algorithm is reduced, the metamorphic procedure is simplified, and the self-organizing metamorphosis can be obtained. The algorithm cases of several typical systems are studied and evaluated through simulation program of 2-D planar homogeneous modular systems.

  11. Network-based reconfiguration routes for a self-reconfigurable robot

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    LIU JinGuo; MA ShuGen; WANG YueChao; LI Bin

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents a network-based analysis approach for the reconfiguration problem of a self-reconfigurable robot.The self-reconfigurable modular robot named "AMOEBA-Ⅰ" has nine kinds of non-isomorphic configurations that consist of a configuration network.Each configuration of the robot is defined to be a node in the weighted and directed configuration network.The transformation from one configuration to another is represented by a directed path with nonnegative weight.Graph theory is applied in the reconfiguration analysis,where reconfiguration route,reconfigurable matrix and route matrix are defined according to the topological information of these configurations.Algorithms in graph theory have been used in enumerating the available reconfiguration routes and deciding the best reconfiguration route.Numerical analysis and experimental simulation results prove the validity of the approach proposed in this paper.And it is potentially suitable for other self-reconfigurable robots' configuration control and reconfiguration planning.

  12. Towards Python-based Domain-specific Languages for Self-reconfigurable Modular Robotics Research

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    Moghadam, Mikael; Johan Christensen, David; Brandt, David;

    2013-01-01

    This paper explores the role of operating system and high-level languages in the development of software and domain-specific languages (DSLs) for self-reconfigurable robotics. We review some of the current trends in self-reconfigurable robotics and describe the development of a software system...... for ATRON II which utilizes Linux and Python to significantly improve software abstraction and portability while providing some basic features which could prove useful when using Python, either stand-alone or via a DSL, on a self-reconfigurable robot system. These features include transparent socket...... communication, module identification, easy software transfer and reliable module-to-module communication. The end result is a software platform for modular robots that where appropriate builds on existing work in operating systems, virtual machines, middleware and high-level languages....

  13. Collective Displacement of Modular Robots Using Self-Reconfiguration

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    Elian, Carrillo; Duhaut, Dominique

    2007-01-01

    Bioinspiration and Robotics Walking and Climbing Robots, Book edited by: Maki K. Habib , ISBN: 978-3-902613-15-8, Publisher: I-Tech Education and Publishing, Austria, Collective displacement is a very useful behaviour for living creatures. This behaviour can appear in a flock of birds, a school of fish, or a swarm of insects. Flocking behaviour is a common demonstration of the power of simple rules in collective displacement emergence by (Reynolds, 2007). The study of the displacement of a...

  14. Towards Python-based Domain-specific Languages for Self-reconfigurable Modular Robotics Research

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    Moghadam, Mikael; Christensen, David Johan; Brandt, David;

    2011-01-01

    This paper explores the role of operating system and high-level languages in the development of software and domain-specific languages (DSLs) for self-reconfigurable robotics. We review some of the current trends in selfreconfigurable robotics and describe the development of a software system...... for ATRON II which utilizes Linux and Python to significantly improve software abstraction and portability while providing some basic features which could prove useful when using Python, either stand-alone or via a DSL, on a selfreconfigurable robot system. These features include transparent socket...... communication, module identification, easy software transfer and reliable module-to-module communication. The end result is a software platform for modular robots that where appropriate builds on existing work in operating systems, virtual machines, middleware and high-level languages....

  15. Two-dimensional PSD based automatic docking of self-reconfiguration modular exploration robot system

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    Zhang Liping; Ma Shugen; Li Bin; Zhang Zheng; Cao Binggang

    2007-01-01

    Based on the design of a docking mechanism, this paper thoroughly investigates the space automatic docking of self-reconfiguration modular exploration robot system (RMERS). The method that leads robot to achieve space docking by using two-dimensional PSD is put forward innovatively for the median size robot system. At the same time, in order to enlarge the detecting extension and the precision of PSD and reduce its dependence on lighting signal, the PSD was remade by increasing the optical device over its light-sensitive surface. The emission board and LED light scheduling were designed according to docking arithmetic, and the operating principle of docking process was analyzed based on these. The simulation experiments were carried out and their results are presented.

  16. Study on Distributed Motion of Self-Reconfigurable Robot Based on Local Rules

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    WU Qiu-xuan; CAO Guang-yi; TIAN Hua-ying; FEI Yan-qiong

    2007-01-01

    The eigenvector of a module with six adjacent module's state was constructed according to self-reconfigurable robot M-Cubes and the configuration of system was expressed with the eigenvectors of all modules. According to the configuration and motion characteristics of the modules, a 3-dimension motion rule set was provided.The rule sets of each module was run according to eigenvector of the module after the motion direction of system decided and motion rules were selected. At last, the rapid and effective motion and metamorphosis were realized in system. The rule sets are operated on three systems and the distributed motion of system is fully realized. The result of simulation shows that the 3-dimension motion rule sets has perfect applicability and extensibility. The motion steps and communication load of the modules increase with the module number in linear.

  17. Metamorphic strategy based on dynamic meta-modules for a self-reconfigurable robot

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    Zhang Yuhua; Zhu Yanhe; Zhao Jie; Ren Zongwei

    2008-01-01

    For a self-reconfigurable robot, how to metamorphose to adapt itself to environment is a difficult problem.To solve this problem, a new relative orientation model which describes modules and their surrounding grids was given, a module motion rules database which enables the robot to avoid obstacles was established, and finally a three-layer planner based on dynamic meta-medules was developed.The firstlayer planner designates the category of each module in robot by evaluation functions and picks out the modules in dynamic meta-modules.The second-layer planner plans the dynamic meta-module path according to output parameters of the first-layer planner.The third-layer planner plans the motion of the modules in dynamic meta-medule using topology variation oriented methods.To validate the efficiency of the three-layer planner, two simulations were given.One is the simulation of a single dynamic meta-module, the other is the simulation of planning with an initial configuration composed of 8 modules in complicated environment.Results show that the methods can make robot with any initial configuration move through metamorphosis in complicated environment efficiently.

  18. Autonomous vehicle platforms from modular robotic components

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    Schonlau, William J.

    2004-09-01

    A brief survey of current autonomous vehicle (AV) projects is presented with intent to find common infrastructure or subsystems that can be configured from commercially available modular robotic components, thereby providing developers with greatly reduced timelines and costs and encouraging focus on the selected problem domain. The Modular Manipulator System (MMS) robotic system, based on single degree of freedom rotary and linear modules, is introduced and some approaches to autonomous vehicle configuration and deployment are examined. The modules may be configured to provide articulated suspensions for very rugged terrain and fall recovery, articulated sensors and tooling plus a limited capacity for self repair and self reconfiguration. The MMS on-board visually programmed control software (Model Manager) supports experimentation with novel physical configurations and behavior algorithms via real-time 3D graphics for operations simulation and provides useful subsystems for vision, learning and planning to host intelligent behavior.

  19. A distributed and morphology-independent strategy for adaptive locomotion in self-reconfigurable modular robots

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    Christensen, David Johan; Schultz, Ulrik Pagh; Stoy, Kasper

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we present a distributed reinforcement learning strategy for morphology-independent lifelong gait learning for modular robots. All modules run identical controllers that locally and independently optimize their action selection based on the robot’s velocity as a global, shared reward...... physical robots with a comparable performance, (iii) can be applied to learn simple gait control tables for both M-TRAN and ATRON robots, (iv) enables an 8-module robot to adapt to faults and changes in its morphology, and (v) can learn gaits for up to 60 module robots but a divergence effect becomes...... substantial from 20–30 modules. These experiments demonstrate the advantages of a distributed learning strategy for modular robots, such as simplicity in implementation, low resource requirements, morphology independence, reconfigurability, and fault tolerance....

  20. Designing Dual-functionalized Gels for Self-reconfiguration and Autonomous Motion

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    Kuksenok, Olga; Balazs, Anna C.

    2015-04-01

    Human motion is enabled by the concerted expansion and contraction of interconnected muscles that are powered by inherent biochemical reactions. One of the challenges in the field of biomimicry is eliciting this form of motion from purely synthetic materials, which typically do not generate internalized reactions to drive mechanical action. Moreover, for practical applications, this bio-inspired motion must be readily controllable. Herein, we develop a computational model to design a new class of polymer gels where structural reconfigurations and internalized reactions are intimately linked to produce autonomous motion, which can be directed with light. These gels contain both spirobenzopyran (SP) chromophores and the ruthenium catalysts that drive the oscillatory Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction. Importantly, both the SP moieties and the BZ reaction are photosensitive. When these dual-functionalized gels are exposed to non-uniform illumination, the localized contraction of the gel (due to the SP moieties) in the presence of traveling chemical waves (due to the BZ reaction) leads to new forms of spontaneous, self-sustained movement, which cannot be achieved by either of the mono-functionalized networks.

  1. Autonomous packaging robot

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    Vo, Van Thanh

    2010-01-01

    The objective of the autonomous packaging robot application is to replace manual product packaging in food industry with a fully automatic robot. The objective is achieved by using the combination of machine vision, central computer, sensors, microcontroller and a typical ABB robot. The method is to equip the robot with different sensors: camera as “eyes” of robot, distance sensor and microcontroller as “sense of touch” of the robot, central computer as “brain” of the robot. Because the ro...

  2. Autonomous military robotics

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    Nath, Vishnu

    2014-01-01

    This SpringerBrief reveals the latest techniques in computer vision and machine learning on robots that are designed as accurate and efficient military snipers. Militaries around the world are investigating this technology to simplify the time, cost and safety measures necessary for training human snipers. These robots are developed by combining crucial aspects of computer science research areas including image processing, robotic kinematics and learning algorithms. The authors explain how a new humanoid robot, the iCub, uses high-speed cameras and computer vision algorithms to track the objec

  3. Autonomous mobile robots: Vehicles with cognitive control

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    Meystel, A.

    1987-01-01

    This book explores a new rapidly developing area of robotics. It describes the state-of-the-art intelligence control, applied machine intelligence, and research and initial stages of manufacturing of autonomous mobile robots. A complete account of the theoretical and experimental results obtained during the last two decades together with some generalizations on Autonomous Mobile Systems are included in this book. Contents: Introduction; Requirements and Specifications; State-of-the-art in Autonomous Mobile Robots Area; Structure of Intelligent Mobile Autonomous System; Planner, Navigator; Pilot; Cartographer; Actuation Control; Computer Simulation of Autonomous Operation; Testing the Autonomous Mobile Robot; Conclusions; Bibliography.

  4. Motion error calbiration of modular self-reconfigurable robot M-Cubes based on POE%基于指数积的自重构机器人的运动误差校准

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    吴秋轩; 罗艳斌; 迟晓妮; 楼晓春

    2011-01-01

    In the process of self-Reconfigurable for modular robot, the module's assembly, connection, transmission, cantilever deformation and joint flexibility would affect the pose error of the execution module in the end, which would cause the adjacent module not to be properly connected, so the position and orientation of the end module must be calibrated. On the "L" structure of the modular reconfigurable robot M-Cubes, the forward product of exponential error calibration model was derived by the nominal coordinate system built on the link coordinate system, in which the rotation coordinate transformation and the translation coordinate transformation caused by the error factors to the nominal coordinate system was amended. The calibrated model would be applied to the "L" structure of the self-reconfigurable robot M-Cubes, which properly calibrate the pose error of the rotary joint axis and hole in the end execution module, and ensure properly connected with the adjacent joints. The foundation was laid for the self-reconfigurable robot.%模块化自重构机器人在重构过程中,由于模块的装配、连接、传动、悬臂变形、关节柔性都会影响末端执行模块的位姿误差,导致相邻模块不能正常连接,必须对末端模块位姿进行校准.为此,在模块化自重构机器人M-Cubes的“L”结构上,利用建立在连杆坐标系上的名义坐标系,将误差因素引起的旋转坐标变换和平移坐标变换对名义坐标系进行修正,推导出正向指数积误差校准模型.将此校准模型运用到自重构机器人M-Cubes的“L”结构中,很好地校准了末端执行模块旋转关节轴和孔的位姿误差,保证了和相邻关节的正确连接,为自重构奠定了基础.

  5. Autonomous caregiver following robotic wheelchair

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    Ratnam, E. Venkata; Sivaramalingam, Sethurajan; Vignesh, A. Sri; Vasanth, Elanthendral; Joans, S. Mary

    2011-12-01

    In the last decade, a variety of robotic/intelligent wheelchairs have been proposed to meet the need in aging society. Their main research topics are autonomous functions such as moving toward some goals while avoiding obstacles, or user-friendly interfaces. Although it is desirable for wheelchair users to go out alone, caregivers often accompany them. Therefore we have to consider not only autonomous functions and user interfaces but also how to reduce caregivers' load and support their activities in a communication aspect. From this point of view, we have proposed a robotic wheelchair moving with a caregiver side by side based on the MATLAB process. In this project we discussing about robotic wheel chair to follow a caregiver by using a microcontroller, Ultrasonic sensor, keypad, Motor drivers to operate robot. Using camera interfaced with the DM6437 (Davinci Code Processor) image is captured. The captured image are then processed by using image processing technique, the processed image are then converted into voltage levels through MAX 232 level converter and given it to the microcontroller unit serially and ultrasonic sensor to detect the obstacle in front of robot. In this robot we have mode selection switch Automatic and Manual control of robot, we use ultrasonic sensor in automatic mode to find obstacle, in Manual mode to use the keypad to operate wheel chair. In the microcontroller unit, c language coding is predefined, according to this coding the robot which connected to it was controlled. Robot which has several motors is activated by using the motor drivers. Motor drivers are nothing but a switch which ON/OFF the motor according to the control given by the microcontroller unit.

  6. An Autonomous Omnidirectional Robot

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    Yanfei Liu

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available RoboCup is an international research and education initiative, which aims to foster artificial intelligence and robotics research by using competitive soccer as a standard problem. This paper presents a detailed engineering design process and the outcome for an omni-directional mobile robot platform for the Robocup Middle Size League competition. A prototype that can move omnidirectionally with kicking capability was designed, built, and tested by a group of senior students. The design included a mechanical base, pneumatic kicking mechanism, a DSP microcontroller-based control system, various sensor interfacing units, and the analysis of omnidirectional motions. The testing results showed that the system was able to move omnidirectionally with a speed of ∼2 m/s and able to kick a size 5 FIFA soccer ball for a distance of at least 5 meters.

  7. Autonomous flying robots

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    Nonami, Kenzo; Suzuki, Satoshi; Wang, Wei; Nakazawa, Daisuke

    2010-01-01

    Worldwide demand for robotic aircraft such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and micro aerial vehicles (MAVs) is surging. Not only military but especially civil applications are being developed at a rapid pace. Unmanned vehicles offer major advantages when used for aerial surveillance, reconnaissance, and inspection in complex and inhospitable environments. UAVs are better suited for dirty or dangerous missions than manned aircraft and are more cost-effective. UAVs can operate in contaminated environments, for example, and at altitudes both lower and higher than those typically traversed by m

  8. Plant Watering Autonomous Mobile Robot

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    Hema Nagaraja

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Now days, due to busy routine life, people forget to water their plants. In this paper, we present a completely autonomous and a cost-effective system for watering indoor potted plants placed on an even surface. The system comprises of a mobile robot and a temperature-humidity sensing module. The system is fully adaptive to any environment and takes into account the watering needs of the plants using the temperature-humidity sensing module. The paper describes the hardware architecture of the fully automated watering system, which uses wireless communication to communicate between the mobile robot and the sensing module. This gardening robot is completely portable and is equipped with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID module, a microcontroller, an on-board water reservoir and an attached water pump. It is capable of sensing the watering needs of the plants, locating them and finally watering them autonomously without any human intervention. Mobilization of the robot to the potted plant is achieved by using a predefined path. For identification, an RFID tag is attached to each potted plant. The paper also discusses the detailed implementation of the system supported with complete circuitry. Finally, the paper concludes with system performance including the analysis of the water carrying capacity and time requirements to water a set of plants.

  9. Information Engineering in Autonomous Robot Software

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    Ziafati, P.

    2015-01-01

    In order to engage and help in our daily life, autonomous robots are to operate in dynamic and unstructured environments and interact with people. As the robot's environment and its behaviour are getting more complex, so are the robot's software and the knowledge that the robot needs to carry out it

  10. Automated cartography by an autonomous mobile robot

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    Merrell, Mark L.

    1999-01-01

    The major goal of this thesis was to create a map of a room by an autonomous mobile robot using the robot's internal odometry measurements and ultrasonic sensors. Yamabico, an autonomous mobile robot, will be controlled by Model-based Mobile robot Language (MML). The research for this thesis included the development of an algorithm to use information from the line-fitting capability of MML. It also included research about the inherent errors that are incurred using sonar for precise measureme...

  11. Autonomous Robotic Inspection in Tunnels

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    Protopapadakis, E.; Stentoumis, C.; Doulamis, N.; Doulamis, A.; Loupos, K.; Makantasis, K.; Kopsiaftis, G.; Amditis, A.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, an automatic robotic inspector for tunnel assessment is presented. The proposed platform is able to autonomously navigate within the civil infrastructures, grab stereo images and process/analyse them, in order to identify defect types. At first, there is the crack detection via deep learning approaches. Then, a detailed 3D model of the cracked area is created, utilizing photogrammetric methods. Finally, a laser profiling of the tunnel's lining, for a narrow region close to detected crack is performed; allowing for the deduction of potential deformations. The robotic platform consists of an autonomous mobile vehicle; a crane arm, guided by the computer vision-based crack detector, carrying ultrasound sensors, the stereo cameras and the laser scanner. Visual inspection is based on convolutional neural networks, which support the creation of high-level discriminative features for complex non-linear pattern classification. Then, real-time 3D information is accurately calculated and the crack position and orientation is passed to the robotic platform. The entire system has been evaluated in railway and road tunnels, i.e. in Egnatia Highway and London underground infrastructure.

  12. Autonomous Dome for Robotic Telescope

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    Kumar, Akash; Ganesh, Shashikiran

    2016-01-01

    Physical Research Laboratory operates a 50cm robotic observatory at Mount Abu. This Automated Telescope for Variability Studies (ATVS) makes use of Remote Telescope System 2 (RTS2) for autonomous operations. The observatory uses a 3.5m dome from Sirius Observatories. We have developed electronics using Arduino electronic circuit boards with home grown logic and software to control the dome operations. We are in the process of completing the drivers to link our Arduino based dome controller with RTS2. This document is a short description of the various phases of the development and their integration to achieve the required objective.

  13. Development of an Autonomous Mobile Robot

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    Niewada, Valentin

    2015-01-01

    Although the robotics community did a lot of research in the field of autonomous mobile robotics, there are still many unsolved challenges. With this dynamic, the European Robotics Challenges (EUROC) aim at enhancing mobile robotics research by building concrete projects with industrial applications. During my final year internship for the Télécom Physique Strasbourg’s Engineering Degree which has taken place in the Robotics and Mechatronics Institute at the DLR Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany),...

  14. Spatial abstraction for autonomous robot navigation.

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    Epstein, Susan L; Aroor, Anoop; Evanusa, Matthew; Sklar, Elizabeth I; Parsons, Simon

    2015-09-01

    Optimal navigation for a simulated robot relies on a detailed map and explicit path planning, an approach problematic for real-world robots that are subject to noise and error. This paper reports on autonomous robots that rely on local spatial perception, learning, and commonsense rationales instead. Despite realistic actuator error, learned spatial abstractions form a model that supports effective travel. PMID:26227680

  15. Distributed formation control for autonomous robots

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    Garcia de Marina Peinado, Hector Jesús

    2016-01-01

    This thesis addresses several theoretical and practical problems related to formation-control of autonomous robots. Formation-control aims to simultaneously accomplish the tasks of forming a desired shape by the robots and controlling their coordinated collective motion. This kind of robot performan

  16. Spatial abstraction for autonomous robot navigation.

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    Epstein, Susan L; Aroor, Anoop; Evanusa, Matthew; Sklar, Elizabeth I; Parsons, Simon

    2015-09-01

    Optimal navigation for a simulated robot relies on a detailed map and explicit path planning, an approach problematic for real-world robots that are subject to noise and error. This paper reports on autonomous robots that rely on local spatial perception, learning, and commonsense rationales instead. Despite realistic actuator error, learned spatial abstractions form a model that supports effective travel.

  17. Design of a Miniature Autonomous Surveillance Robot

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    ZHENG Chang-e; HUANG Qiang; HUANG Yuan-can

    2009-01-01

    The small size of miniature robots poses great challenges for the mechanical and deetrieal design and the implementation of autonomous capabilities.In this paper,the mechanical and electrical design for a twowheeled cylindrical miniature autonomous robot ("BMS-1",BIT MicroScout-1) is presented and some autonomous capabilities are implemented by multiple sensors and some arithmetic models.Several experimental results show that BMS-1 is useful for surveillance in confined spaces and suitable for large-scale surveillance due to some autonomous capabilities.

  18. Control algorithms for autonomous robot navigation

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    This paper examines control algorithm requirements for autonomous robot navigation outside laboratory environments. Three aspects of navigation are considered: navigation control in explored terrain, environment interactions with robot sensors, and navigation control in unanticipated situations. Major navigation methods are presented and relevance of traditional human learning theory is discussed. A new navigation technique linking graph theory and incidental learning is introduced

  19. Autonomous Robot Navigation In Public Nature Park

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    Andersen, Jens Christian; Andersen, Nils Axel; Ravn, Ole;

    2005-01-01

    This extended abstract describes a project to make a robot travel autonomously across a public nature park. The challenge is to detect and follow the right path across junctions and open squares avoiding people and obstacles. The robot is equipped with a laser scanner, a (low accuracy) GPS, wheel...

  20. Control algorithms for autonomous robot navigation

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    Jorgensen, C.C.

    1985-09-20

    This paper examines control algorithm requirements for autonomous robot navigation outside laboratory environments. Three aspects of navigation are considered: navigation control in explored terrain, environment interactions with robot sensors, and navigation control in unanticipated situations. Major navigation methods are presented and relevance of traditional human learning theory is discussed. A new navigation technique linking graph theory and incidental learning is introduced.

  1. An autonomous weeding robot for organic farming

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    Bakker, T.; Asselt, van C.J.; Bontsema, J.; Müller, J.; Straten, van G.

    2006-01-01

    The objective of this research is the replacement of hand weeding in organic farming by a device working autonomously at ¯eld level. The autonomous weeding robot was designed using a structured design approach, giving a good overview of the total design. A vehicle was developed with a diesel engine,

  2. Reference test courses for autonomous mobile robots

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    Jacoff, Adam; Messina, Elena; Evans, John

    2001-09-01

    One approach to measuring the performance of intelligent systems is to develop standardized or reproducible tests. These tests may be in a simulated environment or in a physical test course. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a test course for evaluating the performance of mobile autonomous robots operating in an urban search and rescue mission. The test course is designed to simulate a collapsed building structure at various levels of fidelity. The course will be used in robotic competitions, such as the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Mobile Robot Competition and the RoboCup Rescue. Designed to be repeatable and highly reconfigurable, the test course challenges a robot's cognitive capabilities such as perception, knowledge representation, planning, autonomy and collaboration. The goal of the test course is to help define useful performance metrics for autonomous mobile robots which, if widely accepted, could accelerate development of advanced robotic capabilities by promoting the re-use of algorithms and system components. The course may also serve as a prototype for further development of performance testing environments which enable robot developers and purchasers to objectively evaluate robots for a particular application. In this paper we discuss performance metrics for autonomous mobile robots, the use of representative urban search and rescue scenarios as a challenge domain, and the design criteria for the test course.

  3. Robots Social Embodiment in Autonomous Mobile Robotics

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    Brian Duffy

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available This work aims at demonstrating the inherent advantages of embracing a strong notion of social embodiment in designing a real-world robot control architecture with explicit ?intelligent? social behaviour between a collective of robots. It develops the current thinking on embodiment beyond the physical by demonstrating the importance of social embodiment. A social framework develops the fundamental social attributes found when more than one robot co-inhabit a physical space. The social metaphors of identity, character, stereotypes and roles are presented and implemented within a real-world social robot paradigm in order to facilitate the realisation of explicit social goals.

  4. Development of autonomous grasping and navigating robot

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    Kudoh, Hiroyuki; Fujimoto, Keisuke; Nakayama, Yasuichi

    2015-01-01

    The ability to find and grasp target items in an unknown environment is important for working robots. We developed an autonomous navigating and grasping robot. The operations are locating a requested item, moving to where the item is placed, finding the item on a shelf or table, and picking the item up from the shelf or the table. To achieve these operations, we designed the robot with three functions: an autonomous navigating function that generates a map and a route in an unknown environment, an item position recognizing function, and a grasping function. We tested this robot in an unknown environment. It achieved a series of operations: moving to a destination, recognizing the positions of items on a shelf, picking up an item, placing it on a cart with its hand, and returning to the starting location. The results of this experiment show the applicability of reducing the workforce with robots.

  5. Colias: An Autonomous Micro Robot for Swarm Robotic Applications

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    Farshad Arvin

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Robotic swarms that take inspiration from nature are becoming a fascinating topic for multi-robot researchers. The aim is to control a large number of simple robots in order to solve common complex tasks. Due to the hardware complexities and cost of robot platforms, current research in swarm robotics is mostly performed by simulation software. The simulation of large numbers of these robots in robotic swarm applications is extremely complex and often inaccurate due to the poor modelling of external conditions. In this paper, we present the design of a low-cost, open-platform, autonomous micro-robot (Colias for robotic swarm applications. Colias employs a circular platform with a diameter of 4 cm. It has a maximum speed of 35 cm/s which enables it to be used in swarm scenarios very quickly over large arenas. Long-range infrared modules with an adjustable output power allow the robot to communicate with its direct neighbours at a range of 0.5 cm to 2 m. Colias has been designed as a complete platform with supporting software development tools for robotics education and research. It has been tested in both individual and swarm scenarios, and the observed results demonstrate its feasibility for use as a micro-sized mobile robot and as a low-cost platform for robot swarm applications.

  6. Autonomous robotics and deep learning

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    Nath, Vishnu

    2014-01-01

    This Springer Brief examines the combination of computer vision techniques and machine learning algorithms necessary for humanoid robots to develop "true consciousness." It illustrates the critical first step towards reaching "deep learning," long considered the holy grail for machine learning scientists worldwide. Using the example of the iCub, a humanoid robot which learns to solve 3D mazes, the book explores the challenges to create a robot that can perceive its own surroundings. Rather than relying solely on human programming, the robot uses physical touch to develop a neural map of its en

  7. Robotics and Autonomous Systems Laboratory

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — FUNCTION: Provides an environment for developing and evaluating intelligent software for both actual and simulated autonomous vehicles. Laboratory computers provide...

  8. Autonomous Systems, Robotics, and Computing Systems Capability Roadmap: NRC Dialogue

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    Zornetzer, Steve; Gage, Douglas

    2005-01-01

    Contents include the following: Introduction. Process, Mission Drivers, Deliverables, and Interfaces. Autonomy. Crew-Centered and Remote Operations. Integrated Systems Health Management. Autonomous Vehicle Control. Autonomous Process Control. Robotics. Robotics for Solar System Exploration. Robotics for Lunar and Planetary Habitation. Robotics for In-Space Operations. Computing Systems. Conclusion.

  9. TIGRE - An autonomous ground robot for outdoor exploration

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    Martins, Alfredo; Amaral, Guilherme; Dias, André; Almeida, Carlos; Almeida, José; Silva, Eduardo

    2013-01-01

    13th International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems (Robotica), 2013 In this paper we present an autonomous ground robot developed for outdoor applications in unstructured scenarios. The robot was developed as a versatile robotics platform for development, test and validation of research in navigation, control, perception and multiple robot coordination on all terrain scenarios. The hybrid systems approach to the control architecture is discussed in the context of multiple robot coor...

  10. Applying energy autonomous robots for dike inspection

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    Dresscher, Douwe; Vries, de Theo J.A.; Stramigioli, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    This article presents an exploratory study of an energy-autonomous robot that can be deployed on the Dutch dykes. Based on theory in energy harvesting from sun and wind and the energy-cost of locomotion an analytic expression to determine the feasible daily operational time of such a vehicle is comp

  11. Advanced manipulation for autonomous mobile robots

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    Babcock, S.M.; Hamel, W.R.; Killough, S.M.

    1986-01-01

    This paper describes the development, mechanical configuration, and control system architecture of a lightweight, high performance, seven-degree-of-freedom manipulator at the Center for Engineering Systems Advanced Research (CESAR). Current activities focusing on modeling and parameter identification will provide a well-characterized manipulator for analytical and experimental research in manipulator dynamics and controls, coordinated manipulation, and autonomous mobile robotics.

  12. 一种新型模块化自重构机器人的运动仿真和试验%Motion simulation and experiment of a novel modular self-reconfigurable robot

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    吴秋轩; 曹广益; 费燕琼

    2006-01-01

    根据自重构机器人的特点,设计了一种新型的同构阵列式自重构机器人M-Cubes,其每个单元模块由6个旋转关节和1个立方体连杆组成,具有12个自由度,旋转关节上设计了一种机械式的连接分离机构,连杆内部设计了一种空间传动系统,用一个电机分别带动6个空间均布的关节旋转,机构整体结构上更加简洁、紧凑.对设计的模块进行的基本运动试验表明:传动更加高效,连接分离更加可靠,控制更加简单方便.同时开发了一个自重构机器人仿真平台,可以图形化地设计系统的构型、模块的运动和系统的重构过程.利用元胞自动机的局部作用特性,将每个单元模块简化为元胞,结合遗传算法来进化元胞自动机的转移规则,将转移规则作用于每个单元模块,实现分布式控制,仿真结果表明该方法是有效和可行的.%Based on the character of the modular self-reconfigurable (MSR) robot, a novel homogeneous and lattice MSR robot, M-Cubes, was designed. Each module unit of the robot has 12 freedoms and is composed of six rotary joints and one cubic link. An attached/detached mechanism was designed on the rotary joints. A novel space transmitting system was placed on the inner portion of the cubic link. A motor separately transmitted torque to the six joints which were distributed equally on six surfaces of the cubic link. The example of a basic motion for the module was demonstrated. The result shows that the robot is concise and compact in structure,highly efficient in transmission, credible in connecting, and simple in controlling. At the same time, a simulator is developed to graphically design the system configuration, the reconfiguration process and the motion of cluster modules. The character of local action for the cellular automata (CA) is utilized. Each module is simplified as a cell. The transition rules of the CA are developed to combine with the genetic algorithm (GA)and applied

  13. A mobile autonomous robot for radiological surveys

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    The Robotics Development Group at the Savannah River Site is developing an autonomous robot (SIMON) to perform radiological surveys of potentially contaminated floors. The robot scans floors at a speed of one-inch/second and stops, sounds an alarm, and flashes lights when contamination in a certain area is detected. The contamination of interest here is primarily alpha and beta-gamma. The robot, a Cybermotion K2A base, is radio controlled, uses dead reckoning to determine vehicle position, and docks with a charging station to replenish its batteries and calibrate its position. It uses an ultrasonic ranging system for collision avoidance. In addition, two safety bumpers located in the front and the back of the robot will stop the robots motion when they are depressed. Paths for the robot are preprogrammed and the robots motion can be monitored on a remote screen which shows a graphical map of the environment. The radiation instrument being used is an Eberline RM22A monitor. This monitor is microcomputer based with a serial I/0 interface for remote operation. Up to 30 detectors may be configured with the RM22A

  14. Autonomous mobile robot for radiologic surveys

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    Dudar, Aed M.; Wagner, David G.; Teese, Gregory D.

    1994-01-01

    An apparatus for conducting radiologic surveys. The apparatus comprises in the main a robot capable of following a preprogrammed path through an area, a radiation monitor adapted to receive input from a radiation detector assembly, ultrasonic transducers for navigation and collision avoidance, and an on-board computer system including an integrator for interfacing the radiation monitor and the robot. Front and rear bumpers are attached to the robot by bumper mounts. The robot may be equipped with memory boards for the collection and storage of radiation survey information. The on-board computer system is connected to a remote host computer via a UHF radio link. The apparatus is powered by a rechargeable 24-volt DC battery, and is stored at a docking station when not in use and/or for recharging. A remote host computer contains a stored database defining paths between points in the area where the robot is to operate, including but not limited to the locations of walls, doors, stationary furniture and equipment, and sonic markers if used. When a program consisting of a series of paths is downloaded to the on-board computer system, the robot conducts a floor survey autonomously at any preselected rate. When the radiation monitor detects contamination, the robot resurveys the area at reduced speed and resumes its preprogrammed path if the contamination is not confirmed. If the contamination is confirmed, the robot stops and sounds an alarm.

  15. Supervised autonomous robotic soft tissue surgery.

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    Shademan, Azad; Decker, Ryan S; Opfermann, Justin D; Leonard, Simon; Krieger, Axel; Kim, Peter C W

    2016-05-01

    The current paradigm of robot-assisted surgeries (RASs) depends entirely on an individual surgeon's manual capability. Autonomous robotic surgery-removing the surgeon's hands-promises enhanced efficacy, safety, and improved access to optimized surgical techniques. Surgeries involving soft tissue have not been performed autonomously because of technological limitations, including lack of vision systems that can distinguish and track the target tissues in dynamic surgical environments and lack of intelligent algorithms that can execute complex surgical tasks. We demonstrate in vivo supervised autonomous soft tissue surgery in an open surgical setting, enabled by a plenoptic three-dimensional and near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) imaging system and an autonomous suturing algorithm. Inspired by the best human surgical practices, a computer program generates a plan to complete complex surgical tasks on deformable soft tissue, such as suturing and intestinal anastomosis. We compared metrics of anastomosis-including the consistency of suturing informed by the average suture spacing, the pressure at which the anastomosis leaked, the number of mistakes that required removing the needle from the tissue, completion time, and lumen reduction in intestinal anastomoses-between our supervised autonomous system, manual laparoscopic surgery, and clinically used RAS approaches. Despite dynamic scene changes and tissue movement during surgery, we demonstrate that the outcome of supervised autonomous procedures is superior to surgery performed by expert surgeons and RAS techniques in ex vivo porcine tissues and in living pigs. These results demonstrate the potential for autonomous robots to improve the efficacy, consistency, functional outcome, and accessibility of surgical techniques. PMID:27147588

  16. Flocking algorithm for autonomous flying robots.

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    Virágh, Csaba; Vásárhelyi, Gábor; Tarcai, Norbert; Szörényi, Tamás; Somorjai, Gergő; Nepusz, Tamás; Vicsek, Tamás

    2014-06-01

    Animal swarms displaying a variety of typical flocking patterns would not exist without the underlying safe, optimal and stable dynamics of the individuals. The emergence of these universal patterns can be efficiently reconstructed with agent-based models. If we want to reproduce these patterns with artificial systems, such as autonomous aerial robots, agent-based models can also be used in their control algorithms. However, finding the proper algorithms and thus understanding the essential characteristics of the emergent collective behaviour requires thorough and realistic modeling of the robot and also the environment. In this paper, we first present an abstract mathematical model of an autonomous flying robot. The model takes into account several realistic features, such as time delay and locality of communication, inaccuracy of the on-board sensors and inertial effects. We present two decentralized control algorithms. One is based on a simple self-propelled flocking model of animal collective motion, the other is a collective target tracking algorithm. Both algorithms contain a viscous friction-like term, which aligns the velocities of neighbouring agents parallel to each other. We show that this term can be essential for reducing the inherent instabilities of such a noisy and delayed realistic system. We discuss simulation results on the stability of the control algorithms, and perform real experiments to show the applicability of the algorithms on a group of autonomous quadcopters. In our case, bio-inspiration works in two ways. On the one hand, the whole idea of trying to build and control a swarm of robots comes from the observation that birds tend to flock to optimize their behaviour as a group. On the other hand, by using a realistic simulation framework and studying the group behaviour of autonomous robots we can learn about the major factors influencing the flight of bird flocks. PMID:24852272

  17. Embodied cognition for autonomous interactive robots.

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    Hoffman, Guy

    2012-10-01

    In the past, notions of embodiment have been applied to robotics mainly in the realm of very simple robots, and supporting low-level mechanisms such as dynamics and navigation. In contrast, most human-like, interactive, and socially adept robotic systems turn away from embodiment and use amodal, symbolic, and modular approaches to cognition and interaction. At the same time, recent research in Embodied Cognition (EC) is spanning an increasing number of complex cognitive processes, including language, nonverbal communication, learning, and social behavior. This article suggests adopting a modern EC approach for autonomous robots interacting with humans. In particular, we present three core principles from EC that may be applicable to such robots: (a) modal perceptual representation, (b) action/perception and action/cognition integration, and (c) a simulation-based model of top-down perceptual biasing. We describe a computational framework based on these principles, and its implementation on two physical robots. This could provide a new paradigm for embodied human-robot interaction based on recent psychological and neurological findings. PMID:22893571

  18. Autonomous Mobile Robot That Can Read

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    Létourneau Dominic

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The ability to read would surely contribute to increased autonomy of mobile robots operating in the real world. The process seems fairly simple: the robot must be capable of acquiring an image of a message to read, extract the characters, and recognize them as symbols, characters, and words. Using an optical Character Recognition algorithm on a mobile robot however brings additional challenges: the robot has to control its position in the world and its pan-tilt-zoom camera to find textual messages to read, potentially having to compensate for its viewpoint of the message, and use the limited onboard processing capabilities to decode the message. The robot also has to deal with variations in lighting conditions. In this paper, we present our approach demonstrating that it is feasible for an autonomous mobile robot to read messages of specific colors and font in real-world conditions. We outline the constraints under which the approach works and present results obtained using a Pioneer 2 robot equipped with a Pentium 233 MHz and a Sony EVI-D30 pan-tilt-zoom camera.

  19. Autonomous Mobile Robot That Can Read

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    Létourneau, Dominic; Michaud, François; Valin, Jean-Marc

    2004-12-01

    The ability to read would surely contribute to increased autonomy of mobile robots operating in the real world. The process seems fairly simple: the robot must be capable of acquiring an image of a message to read, extract the characters, and recognize them as symbols, characters, and words. Using an optical Character Recognition algorithm on a mobile robot however brings additional challenges: the robot has to control its position in the world and its pan-tilt-zoom camera to find textual messages to read, potentially having to compensate for its viewpoint of the message, and use the limited onboard processing capabilities to decode the message. The robot also has to deal with variations in lighting conditions. In this paper, we present our approach demonstrating that it is feasible for an autonomous mobile robot to read messages of specific colors and font in real-world conditions. We outline the constraints under which the approach works and present results obtained using a Pioneer 2 robot equipped with a Pentium 233 MHz and a Sony EVI-D30 pan-tilt-zoom camera.

  20. Embodied cognition for autonomous interactive robots.

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    Hoffman, Guy

    2012-10-01

    In the past, notions of embodiment have been applied to robotics mainly in the realm of very simple robots, and supporting low-level mechanisms such as dynamics and navigation. In contrast, most human-like, interactive, and socially adept robotic systems turn away from embodiment and use amodal, symbolic, and modular approaches to cognition and interaction. At the same time, recent research in Embodied Cognition (EC) is spanning an increasing number of complex cognitive processes, including language, nonverbal communication, learning, and social behavior. This article suggests adopting a modern EC approach for autonomous robots interacting with humans. In particular, we present three core principles from EC that may be applicable to such robots: (a) modal perceptual representation, (b) action/perception and action/cognition integration, and (c) a simulation-based model of top-down perceptual biasing. We describe a computational framework based on these principles, and its implementation on two physical robots. This could provide a new paradigm for embodied human-robot interaction based on recent psychological and neurological findings.

  1. Towards Competitive Commercial Autonomous Robots: The Configuration Problem

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    Kjærgaard, Morten; Andersen, Nils Axel; Ravn, Ole;

    2011-01-01

    knowledge about the underlying algorithms. The framework also makes it possible for the robot to autonomously calibrate itself, resulting in higher stability of the robot and less development time required. The work is a result of an industrial research project aimed at lowering development costs...... and improving robustness of autonomous robot applications....

  2. Autonomous Robot Navigation based on Visual Landmarks

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    Livatino, Salvatore

    2005-01-01

    autonomous navigation and self-localization using automatically selected landmarks. The thesis investigates autonomous robot navigation and proposes a new method which benefits from the potential of the visual sensor to provide accuracy and reliability to the navigation process while relying on naturally......The use of landmarks for robot navigation is a popular alternative to having a geometrical model of the environment through which to navigate and monitor self-localization. If the landmarks are defined as special visual structures already in the environment then we have the possibility of fully...... available environment features (natural landmarks). The goal is also to integrate techniques and algorithms (also related to other research field) in the same navigation system, in order to improve localization performance and system autonomy. The proposed localization strategy is based on a continuous...

  3. Evolutionary neurocontrollers for autonomous mobile robots.

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    Floreano, D; Mondada, F

    1998-10-01

    In this article we describe a methodology for evolving neurocontrollers of autonomous mobile robots without human intervention. The presentation, which spans from technological and methodological issues to several experimental results on evolution of physical mobile robots, covers both previous and recent work in the attempt to provide a unified picture within which the reader can compare the effects of systematic variations on the experimental settings. After describing some key principles for building mobile robots and tools suitable for experiments in adaptive robotics, we give an overview of different approaches to evolutionary robotics and present our methodology. We start reviewing two basic experiments showing that different environments can shape very different behaviours and neural mechanisms under very similar selection criteria. We then address the issue of incremental evolution in two different experiments from the perspective of changing environments and robot morphologies. Finally, we investigate the possibility of evolving plastic neurocontrollers and analyse an evolved neurocontroller that relies on fast and continuously changing synapses characterized by dynamic stability. We conclude by reviewing the implications of this methodology for engineering, biology, cognitive science and artificial life, and point at future directions of research.

  4. Mobile autonomous robot for radiological surveys

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    The robotics development group at the Savannah River Laboratory (SRL) is developing a mobile autonomous robot that performs radiological surveys of potentially contaminated floors. The robot is called SIMON, which stands for Semi-Intelligent Mobile Observing Navigator. Certain areas of SRL are classified as radiologically controlled areas (RCAs). In an RCA, radioactive materials are frequently handled by workers, and thus, the potential for contamination is ever present. Current methods used for floor radiological surveying includes labor-intensive manual scanning or random smearing of certain floor locations. An autonomous robot such as SIMON performs the surveying task in a much more efficient manner and will track down contamination before it is contacted by humans. SIMON scans floors at a speed of 1 in./s and stops and alarms upon encountering contamination. Its environment is well defined, consisting of smooth building floors with wide corridors. The kind of contaminations that SIMON is capable of detecting are alpha and beta-gamma. The contamination levels of interest are low to moderate

  5. An autonomous vision-based mobile robot

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    Baumgartner, Eric Thomas

    This dissertation describes estimation and control methods for use in the development of an autonomous mobile robot for structured environments. The navigation of the mobile robot is based on precise estimates of the position and orientation of the robot within its environment. The extended Kalman filter algorithm is used to combine information from the robot's drive wheels with periodic observations of small, wall-mounted, visual cues to produce the precise position and orientation estimates. The visual cues are reliably detected by at least one video camera mounted on the mobile robot. Typical position estimates are accurate to within one inch. A path tracking algorithm is also developed to follow desired reference paths which are taught by a human operator. Because of the time-independence of the tracking algorithm, the speed that the vehicle travels along the reference path is specified independent from the tracking algorithm. The estimation and control methods have been applied successfully to two experimental vehicle systems. Finally, an analysis of the linearized closed-loop control system is performed to study the behavior and the stability of the system as a function of various control parameters.

  6. PRIMUS: autonomous driving robot for military applications

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    Schwartz, Ingo

    2000-07-01

    This article describes the government experimental program PRIMUS (PRogram of Intelligent Mobile Unmanned Systems) and the achieved results of phase C demonstrated in summer 1999 on a military prooving ground. In this program there shall be shown the autonomous driving on an unmanned robot in open terrain. The most possible degree of autonomy shall be reached with today's technology to get a platform for different missions. The goal is to release the soldier from high dangerous tasks, to increase the performance and to come to a reduction of personnel and costs with unmanned systems. In phase C of the program two small tracked vehicles (Digitized Wiesel 2, airtransportable by CH53) are used. One as a robot vehicle the other as a command & control system. The Wiesel 2 is configured as a drive by wire-system and therefore well suited for the adaption of control computers. The autonomous detection and avoidance of obstacles in unknown, not cooperative environment is the main task. For navigation and orientation a sensor package is integrated. To detect obstacles the scene in the driving corridor of the robot is scanned 4 times per second by a 3D- Range image camera (LADAR). The measured 3D-range image is converted into a 2D-obstacle map and used as input for calculation of an obstacle free path. The combination of local navigation (obstacle avoidance) and global navigation leads to a collission free driving in open terrain to a predefined goal point with a velocity of up to 25km/h. A contour tracker with a TV-camera as sensor is also implemented which allows to follow contours (e.g. edge of a meadow) or to drive on paved or unpaved roads with a velocity up to 50km/h. In addition to these autonomous driving modes the operator in the command & control station can drive the robot by remote control. All the functions were successfully demonstrated in the summer 1999 on a military prooving ground. During a mission example the robot vehicle covered a distance of several

  7. Autonomous biomorphic robots as platforms for sensors

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    Tilden, M.; Hasslacher, B.; Mainieri, R.; Moses, J.

    1996-10-01

    The idea of building autonomous robots that can carry out complex and nonrepetitive tasks is an old one, so far unrealized in any meaningful hardware. Tilden has shown recently that there are simple, processor-free solutions to building autonomous mobile machines that continuously adapt to unknown and hostile environments, are designed primarily to survive, and are extremely resistant to damage. These devices use smart mechanics and simple (low component count) electronic neuron control structures having the functionality of biological organisms from simple invertebrates to sophisticated members of the insect and crab family. These devices are paradigms for the development of autonomous machines that can carry out directed goals. The machine then becomes a robust survivalist platform that can carry sensors or instruments. These autonomous roving machines, now in an early stage of development (several proof-of-concept prototype walkers have been built), can be developed so that they are inexpensive, robust, and versatile carriers for a variety of instrument packages. Applications are immediate and many, in areas as diverse as prosthetics, medicine, space, construction, nanoscience, defense, remote sensing, environmental cleanup, and biotechnology.

  8. Autonomous biomorphic robots as platforms for sensors

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    The idea of building autonomous robots that can carry out complex and nonrepetitive tasks is an old one, so far unrealized in any meaningful hardware. Tilden has shown recently that there are simple, processor-free solutions to building autonomous mobile machines that continuously adapt to unknown and hostile environments, are designed primarily to survive, and are extremely resistant to damage. These devices use smart mechanics and simple (low component count) electronic neuron control structures having the functionality of biological organisms from simple invertebrates to sophisticated members of the insect and crab family. These devices are paradigms for the development of autonomous machines that can carry out directed goals. The machine then becomes a robust survivalist platform that can carry sensors or instruments. These autonomous roving machines, now in an early stage of development (several proof-of-concept prototype walkers have been built), can be developed so that they are inexpensive, robust, and versatile carriers for a variety of instrument packages. Applications are immediate and many, in areas as diverse as prosthetics, medicine, space, construction, nanoscience, defense, remote sensing, environmental cleanup, and biotechnology

  9. Computer vision for autonomous robotics in space

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    Wong, Andrew K. C.

    1993-08-01

    This paper presents a computer vision system being developed at the Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) Lab of the University of Waterloo and at the Vision, Intelligence and Robotics Technologies Corporation (VIRTEK) in support of the Canadian Space Autonomous Robotics Project. This system was originally developed for flexible manufacturing and guidance of autonomous roving vehicles. In the last few years, it has been engineered to support the operations of the Mobile Service System (MSS) (or its equivalence) for the Space Station Project. In the near term, this vision system will provide vision capability for the recognition, location and tracking of payloads as well as for relating the spatial information to the manipulator for capturing, manipulating and berthing payloads. In the long term, it will serve in the role of inspection, surveillance and servicing of the Station. Its technologies will be continually expanded and upgraded to meet the demand as the needs of the Space Station evolve and grow. Its spin-off technologies will benefit the industrial sectors as well.

  10. Enabling technologies for the prassi autonomous robot

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    Taraglio, S.; Nanni, V. [ENEA, Robotics and Information Technology Division, Rome (Italy)

    2001-07-01

    In this book are summarised some of the results of the PRASSI project as presented by the different partners of the effort. PRASSI is an acronym which stands for Autonomous Robotic Platform for the Security and Surveillance of plants, the Italian for it is 'Piattaforma Robotica per la Sorveglianza e Sicurezza d'Impianto'. This project has been funded by the Italian Ministry for the Education, the University and the Research (MIUR) in the framework of the project High Performance Computing Applied to Robotics (Calcolo Parallelo con Applicazioni alla Robotica) of the law 95/1995. The idea behind such an initiative is that of fostering the knowledge and possibly the use of high performance computing in the research and industrial community. In other words, robotic scientists are always simplifying their algorithms or using particular approaches (e.g. soft computing) in order to use standard processors for difficult sensorial data processing; well, what if an embedded parallel computer were available, with at least one magnitude more of computing power?.

  11. Autonomous robot behavior based on neural networks

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    Grolinger, Katarina; Jerbic, Bojan; Vranjes, Bozo

    1997-04-01

    The purpose of autonomous robot is to solve various tasks while adapting its behavior to the variable environment, expecting it is able to navigate much like a human would, including handling uncertain and unexpected obstacles. To achieve this the robot has to be able to find solution to unknown situations, to learn experienced knowledge, that means action procedure together with corresponding knowledge on the work space structure, and to recognize working environment. The planning of the intelligent robot behavior presented in this paper implements the reinforcement learning based on strategic and random attempts for finding solution and neural network approach for memorizing and recognizing work space structure (structural assignment problem). Some of the well known neural networks based on unsupervised learning are considered with regard to the structural assignment problem. The adaptive fuzzy shadowed neural network is developed. It has the additional shadowed hidden layer, specific learning rule and initialization phase. The developed neural network combines advantages of networks based on the Adaptive Resonance Theory and using shadowed hidden layer provides ability to recognize lightly translated or rotated obstacles in any direction.

  12. Performance Evaluation of Autonomous Contour Following Algorithms for Industrial Robot

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    Prabuwono, Anton Satria; Said, Samsi; Burhanuddin; Sulaiman, Riza

    2010-01-01

    In this study, the performance evaluations of autonomous contour following task with three different algorithms have been performed for Adept SCARA robot. A prototype of smart tool integrated with sensor has been designed. It can be attached and reattached into robot gripper and interfaced through I/O pins of Adept robot controller for automated robot teaching operation. The algorithms developed were tested on a semicircle object of 40 millimeter radius. The semicircle object was selected bec...

  13. Adaptive navigation and motion planning for autonomous mobile robots

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    Aboshosha, Ashraf

    2004-01-01

    Exploring autonomy in robotics is a meaningful task. The intuitive definition of autonomy is the capability of a robot to make a decision based on its own knowledge, acquired by its distributed sensors, without any human interference. Throughout this framework we discuss some algorithms and techniques underlying the subjects of adaptive navigation and motion planning for autonomous mobile robots. Mobile Robots will play an important role in many future applications, such as ...

  14. Object guided autonomous exploration for mobile robots in indoor environments

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    Nieto-Granda, Carlos; Choudhary, Siddarth; Rogers, John G.; Twigg, Jeff; Murali, Varun; Christensen, Henrik I.

    2014-06-01

    Autonomous mobile robotic teams are increasingly used in exploration of indoor environments. Accurate modeling of the world around the robot and describing the interaction of the robot with the world greatly increases the ability of the robot to act autonomously. This paper demonstrates the ability of autonomous robotic teams to find objects of interest. A novel feature of our approach is the object discovery and the use of it to augment the mapping and navigation process. The generated map can then be decomposed into semantic regions while also considering the distance and line of sight to anchor points. The advantage of this approach is that the robot can return a dense map of the region around an object of interest. The robustness of this approach is demonstrated in indoor environments with multiple platforms with the objective of discovering objects of interest.

  15. Reactive navigational controller for autonomous mobile robots

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    Hawkins, Scott

    1993-12-01

    Autonomous mobile robots must respond to external challenges and threats in real time. One way to satisfy this requirement is to use a fast low level intelligence to react to local environment changes. A fast reactive controller has been implemented which performs the task of real time local navigation by integrating primitive elements of perception, planning, and control. Competing achievement and constraint behaviors are used to allow abstract qualitative specification of navigation goals. An interface is provided to allow a higher level deliberative intelligence with a more global perspective to set local goals for the reactive controller. The reactive controller's simplistic strategies may not always succeed, so a means to monitor and redirect the reactive controller is provided.

  16. Ant Colony Based Path Planning Algorithm for Autonomous Robotic Vehicles

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    Yogita Gigras

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The requirement of an autonomous robotic vehicles demand highly efficient algorithm as well as software. Today’s advanced computer hardware technology does not provide these types of extensive processing capabilities, so there is still a major space and time limitation for the technologies that are available for autonomous robotic applications. Now days, small to miniature mobile robots are required for investigation, surveillance and hazardous material detection for military and industrial applications. But these small sized robots have limited power capacity as well as memory and processing resources. A number of algorithms exist for producing optimal path for dynamically cost. This paper presents a new ant colony based approach which is helpful in solving path planning problem for autonomous robotic application. The experiment of simulation verified its validity of algorithm in terms of time.

  17. Software framework for off-road autonomous robot navigation system

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    WU Er-yong; ZHOU Wen-hui; ZHANG Li; DAI Guo-jun

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents a software framework for off-road autonomous robot navigation system. With the requirements of accurate terrain perception and instantaneous obstacles detection, one navigation software framework was advanced based on the principles of "three layer architecture" of intelligence system. Utilized the technologies of distributed system, machine learning and multiple sensor fusion, individual functional module was discussed. This paper aims to provide a framework reference for autonomous robot navigation system design.

  18. 11th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems

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    Chirikjian, Gregory

    2014-01-01

    Distributed robotics is a rapidly growing and maturing interdisciplinary research area lying at the intersection of computer science, network science, control theory, and electrical and mechanical engineering. The goal of the Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS) is to exchange and stimulate research ideas to realize advanced distributed robotic systems. This volume of proceedings includes 31 original contributions presented at the 2012 International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS 2012) held in November 2012 at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD USA. The selected papers in this volume are authored by leading researchers from Asia, Europa, and the Americas, thereby providing a broad coverage and perspective of the state-of-the-art technologies, algorithms, system architectures, and applications in distributed robotic systems. The book is organized into five parts, representative of critical long-term and emerging research thrusts in the multi-robot com...

  19. Monte Carlo Registration and Its Application with Autonomous Robots

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    Christian Rink

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This work focuses on Monte Carlo registration methods and their application with autonomous robots. A streaming and an offline variant are developed, both based on a particle filter. The streaming registration is performed in real-time during data acquisition with a laser striper allowing for on-the-fly pose estimation. Thus, the acquired data can be instantly utilized, for example, for object modeling or robot manipulation, and the laser scan can be aborted after convergence. Curvature features are calculated online and the estimated poses are optimized in the particle weighting step. For sampling the pose particles, uniform, normal, and Bingham distributions are compared. The methods are evaluated with a high-precision laser striper attached to an industrial robot and with a noisy Time-of-Flight camera attached to service robots. The shown applications range from robot assisted teleoperation, over autonomous object modeling, to mobile robot localization.

  20. An Autonomous Mobile Robot for Tsukuba Challenge: JW-Future

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    Fujimoto, Katsuharu; Kaji, Hirotaka; Negoro, Masanori; Yoshida, Makoto; Mizutani, Hiroyuki; Saitou, Tomoya; Nakamura, Katsu

    “Tsukuba Challenge” is the only of its kind to require mobile robots to work autonomously and safely on public walkways. In this paper, we introduce the outline of our robot “JW-Future”, developed for this experiment based on an electric wheel chair. Additionally, the significance of participation to such a technical trial is discussed from the viewpoint of industries.

  1. Artificial Pheromone System Using RFID for Navigation of Autonomous Robots

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    Herianto; Toshiki Sakakibara; Daisuke Kurabayashi

    2007-01-01

    Navigation system based on the animal behavior has received a growing attention in the past few years. The navigation systems using artificial pheromone are still few so far. For this reason, this paper presents our research that aim to implement autonomous navigation with artificial pheromone system. By introducing artificial pheromone system composed of data carriers and autonomous robots, the robotic system creates a potential field to navigate their group. We have developed a pheromone density model to realize the function of pheromones with the help of data carriers. We intend to show the effectiveness of the proposed system by performing simulations and realization using modified mobile robot. The pheromone potential field system can be used for navigation of autonomous robots.

  2. 10th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems

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    Mondada, Francesco; Correll, Nikolaus; Mermoud, Grégory; Egerstedt, Magnus; Hsieh, M; Parker, Lynne; Støy, Kasper

    2013-01-01

    Distributed robotics is a rapidly growing, interdisciplinary research area lying at the intersection of computer science, communication and control systems, and electrical and mechanical engineering. The goal of the Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS) is to exchange and stimulate research ideas to realize advanced distributed robotic systems. This volume of proceedings includes 43 original contributions presented at the Tenth International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS 2010), which was held in November 2010 at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. The selected papers in this volume are authored by leading researchers from Asia, Australia, Europa, and the Americas, thereby providing a broad coverage and perspective of the state-of-the-art technologies, algorithms, system architectures, and applications in distributed robotic systems. The book is organized into four parts, each representing one critical and long-term research thru...

  3. Autonomous Deployment and Restoration of Sensor Network using Mobile Robots

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    Tsuyoshi Suzuki

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes an autonomous deployment and restoration of a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN using mobile robots. The authors have been developing an information-gathering system using mobile robots and WSNs in underground spaces in post-disaster environments. In our system, mobile robots carry wireless sensor nodes (SN and deploy them into the environment while measuring Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI values to ensure communication, thereby enabling the WSN to be deployed and restored autonomously. If the WSN is disrupted, mobile robots restore the communication route by deploying additional or alternate SNs to suitable positions. Utilizing the proposed method, a mobile robot can deploy a WSN and gather environmental information via the WSN. Experimental results using a verification system equipped with a SN deployment and retrieval mechanism are presented.

  4. Concept of Intelligent Mechanical Design for Autonomous Mobile Robots

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    Amir A. F. Nassiraei; Kazuo Ishii

    2007-01-01

    The concept of Intelligent Mechanical Design (IMD) is presented to show how a mechanical structure can be designed to affect robot controllability, simplification and task performance. Exploring this concept produces landmarks in the territory of mechanical robot design in the form of seven design principles. The design principles, which we call the Mecha-Telligence Principles (MTP), provide guidance on how to design mechanics for autonomous mobile robots. These principles guide us to ask the right questions when investigating issues concerning self-controllable, reliable, feasible, and compatible mechanics for autonomous mobile robots. To show how MTP can be applied in the design process we propose a novel methodology, named as Mecha-Telligence Methodology (MTM). Mechanical design by the proposed methodology is based on preference classification of the robot specification described by interaction of the robot with its environment and the physical parameters of the robot mechatronics. After defining new terms, we investigate the feasibility of the proposed methodology to the mechanical design of an autonomous mobile sewer inspection robot. In this industrial project we show how a passive-active intelligent moving mechanism can be designed using the MTM and employed in the field.

  5. Autonomous navigation strategy for robot swarms using local communication

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    Fredy Hernán Martínez Sarmiento

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Our motivation focuses on answering a simple question: What is the minimum robotic structure necessary to solve a navigation problem? Our research deals with environments that are unknown, dynamic, and denied to sensors. In particular, the paper addresses problems concerning how to coordinate the navigation of multi-ple autonomous mobile robots without requiring system identification, geometric map building, localization or state estimation. The proposed navigation algorithm uses the gradient of the environment to set the navigation control. This gradient is continuously modified by all the robots in the form of local communication. The design scheme, both for the algorithm and for its implementation on robots, searches for a minimal approximation, in which it minimizes the requirements of the robot (processing power, communication and kind of sensors. Besides, our research finds autonomous navigation for each robot, and also scales the system to any number of agents. The navigation algorithm is formulated for a grouping task, where the robots form autonomous groups without any external interaction or prior information of the environment or information from other robots. Finally, task performance is verified through simulation for the laboratory prototypes of the group.

  6. Design and Implementation of an Autonomous Robot Soccer System

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    Ching-Chang Wong

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available A design and implementation method of a robot soccer system with three vision‐based autonomous robots is proposed in this paper. A hierarchical architecture with four independent layers: (a information layer, (b strategy layer, (c tactics layer, and (d execution layer, is proposed to construct a flexible and robust vision‐based autonomous robot soccer system efficiently. Five mechanisms, including (a a two‐dimensional neck mechanism, (b dribbling mechanism, (c shooting mechanism, (d aiming mechanism, and (e flexible movement mechanism, are proposed to mean the robot with multiple functions can win the game. A method based on data obtained from a compass and a vision sensor is proposed to determine the location of the robot on the field. In the strategy design, a hierarchical architecture of decision based on the finite‐state transition mechanism for the field players and the goalkeeper is proposed to solve varied situations in the robot soccer game. Three vision‐based robots are implemented and some real competition results in the FIRA Cup are presented to illustrate the validity and feasibility of the proposed method in autonomous robot soccer system design.

  7. ARK: Autonomous mobile robot in an industrial environment

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    Nickerson, S. B.; Jasiobedzki, P.; Jenkin, M.; Jepson, A.; Milios, E.; Down, B.; Service, J. R. R.; Terzopoulos, D.; Tsotsos, J.; Wilkes, D.

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    This paper describes research on the ARK (Autonomous Mobile Robot in a Known Environment) project. The technical objective of the project is to build a robot that can navigate in a complex industrial environment using maps with permanent structures. The environment is not altered in any way by adding easily identifiable beacons and the robot relies on naturally occurring objects to use as visual landmarks for navigation. The robot is equipped with various sensors that can detect unmapped obstacles, landmarks and objects. In this paper we describe the robot's industrial environment, it's architecture, a novel combined range and vision sensor and our recent results in controlling the robot in the real-time detection of objects using their color and in the processing of the robot's range and vision sensor data for navigation.

  8. Micro-Controller Based Obstacle Avoiding Autonomous Robot

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    Subhranil Som; Arjun Shome

    2014-01-01

    Main aim of this paperwork is to study development of the obstacle avoiding spy robot, which can be operated manually as per the operator wants to take control of the robot himself, it also can be autonomous in its actions while intelligently moving itself by detecting the obstacles in front of it by the help of the obstacle detectable circuit. The robot is in form of a vehicle mounted with a web cam, which acquires and sends video as per the robots eye view to a TV or PC via ...

  9. Navigation Method for Autonomous Robots in a Dynamic Indoor Environment

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    Stanislav Věchet

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The present paper considers issues related to navigation by autonomous mobile robots in overcrowded dynamic indoor environments (e.g., shopping malls, exhibition halls or convention centers. For robots moving among potentially unaware bystanders, safety is a key issue. A navigation method based on mixed potential field path planning is proposed, in cooperation with active artificial landmarks-based localization, in particular the bearing of infrared beacons placed in known coordinates processed via particle filters. Simulation experiments and tests in unmodified real-world environments with the actual robot show the proposed navigation system allows the robot to successfully navigate safely among bystanders.

  10. Multisensory autonomous robotic inspection and manipulation in an unstructured environment

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    In this paper we demonstrate the feasibility of an autonomous robotics inspection and manipulation in an unstructured environment, using information coming from a multisensory integrated system. The task is to perform a real operation, such as adjusting a valve, on a testbed representing an hydraulic circuit. The robotics system, made up of a mobile crawling robot and of an anthropomorphous, six-degree-of-freedom industrial robot, can achieve the goal by the joint use of vision, range and force/torque sensors. (author)

  11. Ant Colony Based Path Planning Algorithm for Autonomous Robotic Vehicles

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    Yogita Gigras

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The requirement of an autonomous robotic vehicles demand highly efficient algorithm as well as software.Today’s advanced computer hardware technology does not provide these types of extensive processingcapabilities, so there is still a major space and time limitation for the technologies that are available forautonomous robotic applications. Now days, small to miniature mobile robots are required forinvestigation, surveillance and hazardous material detection for military and industrial applications. Butthese small sized robots have limited power capacity as well as memory and processing resources

  12. QFD-based conceptual design of an autonomous underwater robot

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    Thip Pasawang

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Autonomous underwater robots in the past few years have been designed according to the individual concepts and experiences of the researchers. To design a robot, which meets all the requirements of potential users, is an advanced work. Hence, a systematic design method that could include users’ preferences and requirements is needed. This paper presents the quality function deployment (QFD technique to design an autonomous underwater robot focusing on the Thai Navy military mission. Important user requirements extracted from the QFD method are the ability to record videos, operating at depth up to 10 meters, the ability to operate remotely with cable and safety concerns related to water leakages. Less important user requirements include beauty, using renewable energy, operating remotely with radio and ability to work during night time. The important design parameters derived from the user requirements are a low cost-controller, an autonomous control algorithm, a compass sensor and vertical gyroscope, and a depth sensor. Of low-importance ranked design parameters include the module design, use clean energy, a low noise electric motor, remote surveillance design, a pressure hull, and a beautiful hull form design. The study results show the feasibility of using QFD techniques to systematically design the autonomous underwater robot to meet user requirements. Mapping between the design and expected parameters and a conceptual drafting design of an autonomous underwater robot are also presented.

  13. Autonomous Mobile Robot That Can Read

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    Létourneau Dominic; Michaud François; Valin Jean-Marc

    2004-01-01

    The ability to read would surely contribute to increased autonomy of mobile robots operating in the real world. The process seems fairly simple: the robot must be capable of acquiring an image of a message to read, extract the characters, and recognize them as symbols, characters, and words. Using an optical Character Recognition algorithm on a mobile robot however brings additional challenges: the robot has to control its position in the world and its pan-tilt-zoom camera to find textual me...

  14. Interactive animated displayed of man-controlled and autonomous robots

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    An interactive computer graphics program has been developed which allows an operator to more readily control robot motions in two distinct modes; viz., man-controlled and autonomous. In man-controlled mode, the robot is guided by a joystick or similar device. As the robot moves, actual joint angle information is measured and supplied to a graphics system which accurately duplicates the robot motion. Obstacles are placed in the actual and animated workspace and the operator is warned of imminent collisions by sight and sound via the graphics system. Operation of the system in man-controlled mode is shown. In autonomous mode, a collision-free path between specified points is obtained by previewing robot motions on the graphics system. Once a satisfactory path is selected, the path characteristics are transmitted to the actual robot and the motion is executed. The telepresence system developed at the University of Florida has been successful in demonstrating that the concept of controlling a robot manipulator with the aid of an interactive computer graphics system is feasible and practical. The clarity of images coupled with real-time interaction and real-time determination of imminent collision with obstacles has resulted in improved operator performance. Furthermore, the ability for an operator to preview and supervise autonomous operations is a significant attribute when operating in a hazardous environment

  15. Vision Based Autonomous Robotic Control for Advanced Inspection and Repair

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    Wehner, Walter S.

    2014-01-01

    The advanced inspection system is an autonomous control and analysis system that improves the inspection and remediation operations for ground and surface systems. It uses optical imaging technology with intelligent computer vision algorithms to analyze physical features of the real-world environment to make decisions and learn from experience. The advanced inspection system plans to control a robotic manipulator arm, an unmanned ground vehicle and cameras remotely, automatically and autonomously. There are many computer vision, image processing and machine learning techniques available as open source for using vision as a sensory feedback in decision-making and autonomous robotic movement. My responsibilities for the advanced inspection system are to create a software architecture that integrates and provides a framework for all the different subsystem components; identify open-source algorithms and techniques; and integrate robot hardware.

  16. Vision Based Autonomous Robot Navigation Algorithms and Implementations

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    Chatterjee, Amitava; Nirmal Singh, N

    2013-01-01

    This book is devoted to the theory and development of autonomous navigation of mobile robots using computer vision based sensing mechanism. The conventional robot navigation systems, utilizing traditional sensors like ultrasonic, IR, GPS, laser sensors etc., suffer several drawbacks related to either the physical limitations of the sensor or incur high cost. Vision sensing has emerged as a popular alternative where cameras can be used to reduce the overall cost, maintaining high degree of intelligence, flexibility and robustness. This book includes a detailed description of several new approaches for real life vision based autonomous navigation algorithms and SLAM. It presents the concept of how subgoal based goal-driven navigation can be carried out using vision sensing. The development concept of vision based robots for path/line tracking using fuzzy logic is presented, as well as how a low-cost robot can be indigenously developed in the laboratory with microcontroller based sensor systems. The book descri...

  17. Design and Implementation of Autonomous Sonar Based Vehicle Robot

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Autonomous robots are intelligent machines that are capable of performing desired tasks by themselves, without explicit human control. This paper presents design and implementation of the ASVR (Autonomous Sonar Based Vehicle Robot. ASVR is a microcontroller based, programmable mobile robot that can sense and react to its environment and can work in partially known and unpredictable environments. A novel algorithm based on ultrasonic sensors and simple calculations for real-time obstacle detection and avoidance that is intended for mobile robots is also outlined. Also a novel technique is proposed and implemented for steering referencing of vehicle. The design is implemented in air using ultrasonic sensors but can be adapted using sonar to underwater environments where it has important applications such as deep sea maintenance and reconnaissance tasks. The paper also presents performance results of a prototype developed to prove the design concept.

  18. Design of refuelling robot for autonomous driving

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    2013-01-01

    The rapid development of 3D computer graphics and virtual environments has allowed the researchers to avoid working with physical robotic systems. These require specialised knowledge, a very complex construction, a huge time-consuming and it may not be financially feasible. Therefore, an alternative approach would be to use robot simulations which allow researchers to carry out experiments on the computer. Ideally one would first prototype a robot, then controls its algorithms ...

  19. Remote radioactive waste drum inspection with an autonomous mobile robot

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    An autonomous mobile robot is being developed to perform remote surveillance and inspection task on large numbers of stored radioactive waste drums. The robot will be self guided through narrow storage aisles and record the visual image of each viewable drum for subsequent off line analysis and archiving. The system will remove the personnel from potential exposure to radiation, perform the require inspections, and improve the ability to assess the long term trends in drum conditions

  20. Safety oriented software engineering process for autonomous robots

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    Gribov, Vladislav; Voos, Holger

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, a safety oriented model based software engineering process for autonomous robots is proposed. Herein, the main focus is on the modeling of the safety case based on the standard ISO/DIS 13482. Combined with a safe multilayer robot software architecture it allows to trace the safety requirements and to model safety relevant properties on the early design stages in order to build a reliable chain of evidence. The introduced engineering processes consist of the Domain Engineering, ...

  1. Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems : the 12th International Symposium

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    This volume of proceedings includes 32 original contributions presented at the 12th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS 2014), held in November 2014. The selected papers in this volume are authored by leading researchers from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, thereby providing a broad coverage and perspective of the state-of-the-art technologies, algorithms, system architectures, and applications in distributed robotic systems. .

  2. Image Processing Using Pearson's Correlation Coefficient: Applications on Autonomous Robotics

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    Miranda Neto, Arthur; Corrêa Victorino, Alessandro; Fantoni, Isabelle; Zampieri, Douglas Eduardo; Ferreira, Janito Vaqueiro; Lima, Danilo Alves

    2013-01-01

    International audience Autonomous robots have motivated researchers from different groups due to the challenge that it represents. Many applications for control of autonomous platform are being developed and one important aspect is the excess of information, frequently redundant, that imposes a great computational cost in data processing. Taking into account the temporal coherence between consecutive frames, we have proposed a set of tools based on Pearson's Correlation Coefficient (PCC): ...

  3. Vision and distance integrated sensor (Kinect) for an autonomous robot

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    Ribeiro, Paulo Rogério de Almeida; Ribeiro, António Fernando; Lopes, Gil

    2011-01-01

    This work presents an application of the Microsoft Kinect camera for an autonomous mobile robot. In order to drive autonomously one main issue is the ability to recognize signalling panels positioned overhead. The Kinect camera can be applied in this task due to its double integrated sensor, namely vision and distance. The vision sensor is used to perceive the signalling panel, while the distance sensor is applied as a segmentation filter, by eliminating pixels by their depth in the object’s ...

  4. Brain, mind, body and society: autonomous system in robotics.

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    Shimoda, Motomu

    2013-12-01

    In this paper I examine the issues related to the robot with mind. To create a robot with mind aims to recreate neuro function by engineering. The robot with mind is expected not only to process external information by the built-in program and behave accordingly, but also to gain the consciousness activity responding multiple conditions and flexible and interactive communication skills coping with unknown situation. That prospect is based on the development of artificial intelligence in which self-organizing and self-emergent functions have been available in recent years. To date, controllable aspects in robotics have been restricted to data making and programming of cognitive abilities, while consciousness activities and communication skills have been regarded as uncontrollable aspects due to their contingency and uncertainty. However, some researchers of robotics claim that every activity of the mind can be recreated by engineering and is therefore controllable. Based on the development of the cognitive abilities of children and the findings of neuroscience, researchers have attempted to produce the latest artificial intelligence with autonomous learning systems. I conclude that controllability is inconsistent with autonomy in the genuine sense and autonomous robots recreated by engineering cannot be autonomous partners of humans. PMID:24558734

  5. Brain, mind, body and society: autonomous system in robotics.

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    Shimoda, Motomu

    2013-12-01

    In this paper I examine the issues related to the robot with mind. To create a robot with mind aims to recreate neuro function by engineering. The robot with mind is expected not only to process external information by the built-in program and behave accordingly, but also to gain the consciousness activity responding multiple conditions and flexible and interactive communication skills coping with unknown situation. That prospect is based on the development of artificial intelligence in which self-organizing and self-emergent functions have been available in recent years. To date, controllable aspects in robotics have been restricted to data making and programming of cognitive abilities, while consciousness activities and communication skills have been regarded as uncontrollable aspects due to their contingency and uncertainty. However, some researchers of robotics claim that every activity of the mind can be recreated by engineering and is therefore controllable. Based on the development of the cognitive abilities of children and the findings of neuroscience, researchers have attempted to produce the latest artificial intelligence with autonomous learning systems. I conclude that controllability is inconsistent with autonomy in the genuine sense and autonomous robots recreated by engineering cannot be autonomous partners of humans.

  6. A New Kind of Art [Based on Autonomous Collective Robotics

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    Leonel Moura

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The paper addresses the rationale of a process that produces artworks made by a swarm of robots. This process relies on the interaction, though the environment, of a set of robots designed to create spatiotemporal patterns from an initial homogeneous medium (the canvas. Inspired by social insect societies, the approach presented here exploits robot-robot and robot-environment interactions to develop emergent behaviour. The swarm intelligence concept is crucial to this approach because the viability of the team (group of robots is required in order to achieve the viability of the individual. Without any central coordination or plan, the group of robots produces its artworks on the basis of a data-driven (bottom-up process. Moreover, each robot can be viewed as an autonomous agent because it has on board all the resources required to provide the global outcome of the experiment, including sensors, actuators, and the controller, which demonstrates a reactive behaviour by reinforcing a previously made signal (positive feedback. The process is also presented in the context of Machine Art, and a detailed technical description of each robot is given, as well as an example of artworks produced by the collective behaviour of the set of robots.

  7. Micro-Controller Based Obstacle Avoiding Autonomous Robot

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    Subhranil Som

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Main aim of this paperwork is to study development of the obstacle avoiding spy robot, which can be operated manually as per the operator wants to take control of the robot himself, it also can be autonomous in its actions while intelligently moving itself by detecting the obstacles in front of it by the help of the obstacle detectable circuit. The robot is in form of a vehicle mounted with a web cam, which acquires and sends video as per the robots eye view to a TV or PC via a TV tuner card. The microcontroller chip ATMEGA 328 present on the microcontroller board ARDUINO controls the movements of the robot. In manual operating conditions the user will have a radio transmitter (tx via which the user will send signal to the radio receiver (rx present inside the robot which accordingly will pass on the signal to the microcontroller board, and as per the coding of the signal signatures burnt inside the microcontroller chip the robot will complete its movements. In Autonomous operating conditions the user will have no control on the robot that is the robot cannot be operated via any external controls, it will only function as per the data received from the obstacle detection circuits to the microcontroller which will make the robot motors move accordingly as per the code written in it. The idea is to make a robot to tackle the hostage situations & cope up with the worst conditions, which can be quiet a matter of risk to be handled by human being.

  8. Reinforcement Learning on autonomous humanoid robots

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    2012-01-01

    Service robots have the potential to be of great value in households, health care and other labor intensive environments. However, these environments are typically unique, not very structured and frequently changing, which makes it difficult to make service robots robust and versatile through manual

  9. Biologically Inspired Behaviour Design for Autonomous Robotic Fish

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    Jin-Dong Liu; Huosheng Hu

    2006-01-01

    Behaviour-based approach plays a key role for mobile robots to operate safely in unknown or dynamically changing environments. We have developed a hybrid control architecture for our autonomous robotic fish that consists of three layers: cognitive, behaviour and swim pattern. In this paper, we describe some main design issues of the behaviour layer, which is the centre of the layered control architecture of our robotic fish. Fuzzy logic control (FLC) is adopted here to design individual behaviours. Simulation and real experiments are presented to show the feasibility and the performance of the designed behaviour layer.

  10. Autonomous Navigation of Mobile Robot Based on Flood Fill Algorithm

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    Ayad Mohammed Jabbar

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The autonomous navigation of robots is an important area of research. It can intelligently navigate itself from source to target within an environment without human interaction. Recently, algorithms and techniques have been made and developed to improve the performance of robots. It’s more effective and has high precision tasks than before. This work proposed to solve a maze using a Flood fill algorithm based on real time camera monitoring the movement on its environment. Live video streaming sends an obtained data to be processed by the server. The server sends back the information to the robot via wireless radio. The robot works as a client device moves from point to point depends on server information. Using camera in this work allows voiding great time that needs it to indicate the route by the robot.

  11. The ARK (Autonomous Robot for a Known environment) project

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    Nickerson, S. B.; Camacho, F.; Mader, D. L.; Milios, E. E.; Jenkin, M. R. M.; Bains, N.; Braun, P.; Green, D.; Hung, S.; Korba, L.

    1991-05-01

    The main goal of the project is to build a mobile robot that can navigate in a known indoor environment using computer vision as its main sensor, with the aid of an internal geometric model of its environment. A second goal is to explore the technology in such a way as to best illustrate its usefulness and commercial potential. The theory will focus on the development and testing of computer vision algorithms as aids for robot navigation. Two robots will be built: ARK-1 (autonomous robot for a known environment); and ARK-2. ARK-1 will be tethered and will be used to test the vision algorithms. ARK-2 will be untethered, will use other sensors in addition to vision, will have a real-time operating system and will operate in an industrial environment. The platforms for both ARK- 1 and ARK-2 will be the same as that of a robot being developed at NRC for industrial applications.

  12. Adaptive Fuzzy Knowledge Based Controller for Autonomous Robot Motion Control

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Research into robot motion control offers research opportunities that will change scientists and engineers for year to come. Autonomous robots are increasingly evident in many aspects of industry and everyday life and a robust robot motion control can be used for homeland security and many consumer applications. This study discussed the adaptive fuzzy knowledge based controller for robot motion control in indoor and outdoor environment. Approach: The proposed method consisted of two components: the process monitor that detects changes in the process characteristics and the adaptation mechanism that used information passed to it by the process monitor to update the controller parameters. Results: Experimental evaluation had been done in both indoor and outdoor environment where the robot communicates with the base station through its Wireless fidelity antenna and the performance monitor used a set of five performance criteria to access the fuzzy knowledge based controller. Conclusion: The proposed method had been found to be robust.

  13. Development of a Commercially Viable, Modular Autonomous Robotic Systems for Converting any Vehicle to Autonomous Control

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    Parish, David W.; Grabbe, Robert D.; Marzwell, Neville I.

    1994-01-01

    A Modular Autonomous Robotic System (MARS), consisting of a modular autonomous vehicle control system that can be retrofit on to any vehicle to convert it to autonomous control and support a modular payload for multiple applications is being developed. The MARS design is scalable, reconfigurable, and cost effective due to the use of modern open system architecture design methodologies, including serial control bus technology to simplify system wiring and enhance scalability. The design is augmented with modular, object oriented (C++) software implementing a hierarchy of five levels of control including teleoperated, continuous guidepath following, periodic guidepath following, absolute position autonomous navigation, and relative position autonomous navigation. The present effort is focused on producing a system that is commercially viable for routine autonomous patrolling of known, semistructured environments, like environmental monitoring of chemical and petroleum refineries, exterior physical security and surveillance, perimeter patrolling, and intrafacility transport applications.

  14. Task Refinement for Autonomous Robots using Complementary Corrective Human Feedback

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    Cetin Mericli

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available A robot can perform a given task through a policy that maps its sensed state to appropriate actions. We assume that a hand-coded controller can achieve such a mapping only for the basic cases of the task. Refining the controller becomes harder and gets more tedious and error prone as the complexity of the task increases. In this paper, we present a new learning from demonstration approach to improve the robot's performance through the use of corrective human feedback as a complement to an existing hand-coded algorithm. The human teacher observes the robot as it performs the task using the hand-coded algorithm and takes over the control to correct the behavior when the robot selects a wrong action to be executed. Corrections are captured as new state-action pairs and the default controller output is replaced by the demonstrated corrections during autonomous execution when the current state of the robot is decided to be similar to a previously corrected state in the correction database. The proposed approach is applied to a complex ball dribbling task performed against stationary defender robots in a robot soccer scenario, where physical Aldebaran Nao humanoid robots are used. The results of our experiments show an improvement in the robot's performance when the default hand-coded controller is augmented with corrective human demonstration.

  15. Adaptive Visual Face Tracking for an Autonomous Robot

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    van Hoof, Herke; van der Zant, Tijn; Wiering, Marco

    2011-01-01

    Perception is an essential ability for autonomous robots in non-standardized conditions. However, the appearance of objects can change between different conditions. A system visually tracking a target based on its appearance could lose its target in those cases. A tracker learning the appearance of

  16. An Adaptive Game Algorithm for an Autonomous, Mobile Robot

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    Hansen, Søren Tranberg; Bak, Thomas; Risager, Claus

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a field study of a physical ball game for elderly based on an autonomous, mobile robot. The game algorithm is based on Case Based Reasoning and adjusts the game challenge to the player’s mobility skills by registering the spatio-temporal behaviour of the player using an on board...

  17. Defining proprioceptive behaviors for autonomous mobile robots

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    Overholt, James L.; Hudas, Greg R.; Gerhart, Grant R.

    2002-07-01

    Proprioception is a sense of body position and movement that supports the control of many automatic motor functions such as posture and locomotion. This concept, normally relegated to the fields of neural physiology and kinesiology, is being utilized in the field of unmanned mobile robotics. This paper looks at developing proprioceptive behaviors for use in controlling an unmanned ground vehicle. First, we will discuss the field of behavioral control of mobile robots. Next, a discussion of proprioception and the development of proprioceptive sensors will be presented. We will then focus on the development of a unique neural-fuzzy architecture that will be used to incorporate the control behaviors coming directly from the proprioceptive sensors. Finally we will present a simulation experiment where a simple multi-sensor robot, utilizing both external and proprioceptive sensors, is presented with the task of navigating an unknown terrain to a known target position. Results of the mobile robot utilizing this unique fusion methodology will be discussed.

  18. Autonomous robot vision software design using Matlab toolboxes

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    Tedder, Maurice; Chung, Chan-Jin

    2004-10-01

    The purpose of this paper is to introduce a cost-effective way to design robot vision and control software using Matlab for an autonomous robot designed to compete in the 2004 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC). The goal of the autonomous challenge event is for the robot to autonomously navigate an outdoor obstacle course bounded by solid and dashed lines on the ground. Visual input data is provided by a DV camcorder at 160 x 120 pixel resolution. The design of this system involved writing an image-processing algorithm using hue, satuaration, and brightness (HSB) color filtering and Matlab image processing functions to extract the centroid, area, and orientation of the connected regions from the scene. These feature vectors are then mapped to linguistic variables that describe the objects in the world environment model. The linguistic variables act as inputs to a fuzzy logic controller designed using the Matlab fuzzy logic toolbox, which provides the knowledge and intelligence component necessary to achieve the desired goal. Java provides the central interface to the robot motion control and image acquisition components. Field test results indicate that the Matlab based solution allows for rapid software design, development and modification of our robot system.

  19. Autonomous navigation system for mobile robots of inspection

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    One of the goals in robotics is the human personnel's protection that work in dangerous areas or of difficult access, such it is the case of the nuclear industry where exist areas that, for their own nature, they are inaccessible for the human personnel, such as areas with high radiation level or high temperatures; it is in these cases where it is indispensable the use of an inspection system that is able to carry out a sampling of the area in order to determine if this areas can be accessible for the human personnel. In this situation it is possible to use an inspection system based on a mobile robot, of preference of autonomous navigation, for the realization of such inspection avoiding by this way the human personnel's exposure. The present work proposes a model of autonomous navigation for a mobile robot Pioneer 2-D Xe based on the algorithm of wall following using the paradigm of fuzzy logic. (Author)

  20. Autonomous learning in humanoid robotics through mental imagery.

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    Di Nuovo, Alessandro G; Marocco, Davide; Di Nuovo, Santo; Cangelosi, Angelo

    2013-05-01

    In this paper we focus on modeling autonomous learning to improve performance of a humanoid robot through a modular artificial neural networks architecture. A model of a neural controller is presented, which allows a humanoid robot iCub to autonomously improve its sensorimotor skills. This is achieved by endowing the neural controller with a secondary neural system that, by exploiting the sensorimotor skills already acquired by the robot, is able to generate additional imaginary examples that can be used by the controller itself to improve the performance through a simulated mental training. Results and analysis presented in the paper provide evidence of the viability of the approach proposed and help to clarify the rational behind the chosen model and its implementation. PMID:23122490

  1. A novel autonomous self-assembly distributed swarm flying robot

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    Wei Hongxing; Li Ning; Liu Miao; Tan Jindong

    2013-01-01

    Swarm intelligence embodied by many species such as ants and bees has inspired scholars in swarm robotic researches.This paper presents a novel autonomous self-assembly distributed swarm flying robot-DSFR,which can drive on the ground,autonomously accomplish self-assembly and then fly in the air coordinately.Mechanical and electrical designs ofa DSFR module,as well as the kinematics and dynamics analysis,are specifically investigated.Meanwhile,this paper brings forward a generalized adjacency matrix to describe configurations of DSFR structures.Also,the distributed flight control model is established for vertical taking-off and horizontal hovering,which can be applied to control of DSFR systems with arbitrary configurations.Finally,some experiments are carried out to testify and validate the DSFR design,the autonomous self-assembly strategy and the distributed flight control laws.

  2. System safety analysis of an autonomous mobile robot

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    Analysis of the safety of operating and maintaining the Stored Waste Autonomous Mobile Inspector (SWAMI) II in a hazardous environment at the Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP) was completed. The SWAMI II is a version of a commercial robot, the HelpMate trademark robot produced by the Transitions Research Corporation, which is being updated to incorporate the systems required for inspecting mixed toxic chemical and radioactive waste drums at the FEMP. It also has modified obstacle detection and collision avoidance subsystems. The robot will autonomously travel down the aisles in storage warehouses to record images of containers and collect other data which are transmitted to an inspector at a remote computer terminal. A previous study showed the SWAMI II has economic feasibility. The SWAMI II will more accurately locate radioactive contamination than human inspectors. This thesis includes a System Safety Hazard Analysis and a quantitative Fault Tree Analysis (FTA). The objectives of the analyses are to prevent potentially serious events and to derive a comprehensive set of safety requirements from which the safety of the SWAMI II and other autonomous mobile robots can be evaluated. The Computer-Aided Fault Tree Analysis (CAFTA copyright) software is utilized for the FTA. The FTA shows that more than 99% of the safety risk occurs during maintenance, and that when the derived safety requirements are implemented the rate of serious events is reduced to below one event per million operating hours. Training and procedures in SWAMI II operation and maintenance provide an added safety margin. This study will promote the safe use of the SWAMI II and other autonomous mobile robots in the emerging technology of mobile robotic inspection

  3. Biomimetic smart sensors for autonomous robotic behavior II: vestibular processing

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    Xue, Shuwan; Deligeorges, Socrates; Soloway, Aaron; Lichtenstein, Lee; Gore, Tyler; Hubbard, Allyn

    2009-05-01

    Limited autonomous behaviors are fast becoming a critical capability in the field of robotics as robotic applications are used in more complicated and interactive environments. As additional sensory capabilities are added to robotic platforms, sensor fusion to enhance and facilitate autonomous behavior becomes increasingly important. Using biology as a model, the equivalent of a vestibular system needs to be created in order to orient the system within its environment and allow multi-modal sensor fusion. In mammals, the vestibular system plays a central role in physiological homeostasis and sensory information integration (Fuller et al, Neuroscience 129 (2004) 461-471). At the level of the Superior Colliculus in the brain, there is multimodal sensory integration across visual, auditory, somatosensory, and vestibular inputs (Wallace et al, J Neurophysiol 80 (1998) 1006-1010), with the vestibular component contributing a strong reference frame gating input. Using a simple model for the deep layers of the Superior Colliculus, an off-the-shelf 3-axis solid state gyroscope and accelerometer was used as the equivalent representation of the vestibular system. The acceleration and rotational measurements are used to determine the relationship between a local reference frame of a robotic platform (an iRobot Packbot®) and the inertial reference frame (the outside world), with the simulated vestibular input tightly coupled with the acoustic and optical inputs. Field testing of the robotic platform using acoustics to cue optical sensors coupled through a biomimetic vestibular model for "slew to cue" gunfire detection have shown great promise.

  4. Mapping planetary caves with an autonomous, heterogeneous robot team

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    Husain, Ammar; Jones, Heather; Kannan, Balajee; Wong, Uland; Pimentel, Tiago; Tang, Sarah; Daftry, Shreyansh; Huber, Steven; Whittaker, William L.

    Caves on other planetary bodies offer sheltered habitat for future human explorers and numerous clues to a planet's past for scientists. While recent orbital imagery provides exciting new details about cave entrances on the Moon and Mars, the interiors of these caves are still unknown and not observable from orbit. Multi-robot teams offer unique solutions for exploration and modeling subsurface voids during precursor missions. Robot teams that are diverse in terms of size, mobility, sensing, and capability can provide great advantages, but this diversity, coupled with inherently distinct low-level behavior architectures, makes coordination a challenge. This paper presents a framework that consists of an autonomous frontier and capability-based task generator, a distributed market-based strategy for coordinating and allocating tasks to the different team members, and a communication paradigm for seamless interaction between the different robots in the system. Robots have different sensors, (in the representative robot team used for testing: 2D mapping sensors, 3D modeling sensors, or no exteroceptive sensors), and varying levels of mobility. Tasks are generated to explore, model, and take science samples. Based on an individual robot's capability and associated cost for executing a generated task, a robot is autonomously selected for task execution. The robots create coarse online maps and store collected data for high resolution offline modeling. The coordination approach has been field tested at a mock cave site with highly-unstructured natural terrain, as well as an outdoor patio area. Initial results are promising for applicability of the proposed multi-robot framework to exploration and modeling of planetary caves.

  5. Sensor Fusion for Autonomous Mobile Robot Navigation

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    Plascencia, Alfredo

    Multi-sensor data fusion is a broad area of constant research which is applied to a wide variety of fields such as the field of mobile robots. Mobile robots are complex systems where the design and implementation of sensor fusion is a complex task. But research applications are explored constantly.......  The main objective of a multi-sensor system is to improve the capabilities of a single sensor when translating different sensory inputs into the construction of a map that can be used for navigation. In this context, it is important to find novel solutions based on the state of the art of this field...

  6. A Distributed Hunting Approach for Multiple Autonomous Robots

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    Zhiqiang Cao

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available A novel distributed hunting approach for multiple autonomous robots in unstructured mode‐free environments, which is based on effective sectors and local sensing, is proposed in this paper. The visual information, encoder and sonar data are integrated in the robot’s local frame, and the effective sector is introduced. The hunting task is modelled as three states: search state, round‐obstacle state, and hunting state, and the corresponding switching conditions and control strategies are given. A form of cooperation will emerge where the robots interact only locally with each other. The evader, whose motion is a priori unknown to the robots, adopts an escape strategy to avoid being captured. The approach is scalable and may cope with problems of communication and wheel slippage. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is verified through experiments with a team of wheeled robots.

  7. Autonomous kinematic calibration for robot with force sensor

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    Zhao, Dongbo; Xiong, Youlun

    1995-08-01

    This paper presents an autonomous calibration procedure for identifying robot geometric parameters using a wrist force sensor, which guides the robot end effector to track the section contour of an accurately cylindrical workpiece and to find its center. The information from the wrist sensor is needed to determine the motion direction for the end effector and to generate control strategy (hybrid control law of position and force), meanwhile the force vector is required to correct the deformation of the manipulator, which maps in turn into the joint differential vector. The system of constraint equation is in fact nonlinear, and can be linearized for the constraint surface of the cylinder. Simulation has been performed for a PUMA 760 robot and the result shows that the robot positioning accuracy can be improved to the level of the repeatability by the proposed calibration method.

  8. An Autonomous Mobile Robotic System for Surveillance of Indoor Environments

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    Donato Di Paola

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The development of intelligent surveillance systems is an active research area. In this context, mobile and multi-functional robots are generally adopted as means to reduce the environment structuring and the number of devices needed to cover a given area. Nevertheless, the number of different sensors mounted on the robot, and the number of complex tasks related to exploration, monitoring, and surveillance make the design of the overall system extremely challenging. In this paper, we present our autonomous mobile robot for surveillance of indoor environments. We propose a system able to handle autonomously general-purpose tasks and complex surveillance issues simultaneously. It is shown that the proposed robotic surveillance scheme successfully addresses a number of basic problems related to environment mapping, localization and autonomous navigation, as well as surveillance tasks, like scene processing to detect abandoned or removed objects and people detection and following. The feasibility of the approach is demonstrated through experimental tests using a multisensor platform equipped with a monocular camera, a laser scanner, and an RFID device. Real world applications of the proposed system include surveillance of wide areas (e.g. airports and museums and buildings, and monitoring of safety equipment.

  9. Mobile autonomous robotic apparatus for radiologic characterization

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    Dudar, Aed M. (Dearborn, MI); Ward, Clyde R. (Aiken, SC); Jones, Joel D. (Aiken, SC); Mallet, William R. (Cowichan Bay, CA); Harpring, Larry J. (North Augusta, SC); Collins, Montenius X. (Blackville, SC); Anderson, Erin K. (Pleasanton, CA)

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    A mobile robotic system that conducts radiological surveys to map alpha, beta, and gamma radiation on surfaces in relatively level open areas or areas containing obstacles such as stored containers or hallways, equipment, walls and support columns. The invention incorporates improved radiation monitoring methods using multiple scintillation detectors, the use of laser scanners for maneuvering in open areas, ultrasound pulse generators and receptors for collision avoidance in limited space areas or hallways, methods to trigger visible alarms when radiation is detected, and methods to transmit location data for real-time reporting and mapping of radiation locations on computer monitors at a host station. A multitude of high performance scintillation detectors detect radiation while the on-board system controls the direction and speed of the robot due to pre-programmed paths. The operators may revise the preselected movements of the robotic system by ethernet communications to remonitor areas of radiation or to avoid walls, columns, equipment, or containers. The robotic system is capable of floor survey speeds of from 1/2-inch per second up to about 30 inches per second, while the on-board processor collects, stores, and transmits information for real-time mapping of radiation intensity and the locations of the radiation for real-time display on computer monitors at a central command console.

  10. Design of the human-robot interaction for a semi-autonomous service robot to assist elderly people

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    Mast, Marcus; Burmester, Michael; Graf, Birgit; Weisshardt, Florian; Arbeiter, Georg; Španel, Michal; Zdenek, Materna; Smrz, Pavel; Kronreif, Gernot

    2015-01-01

    Service robots could support elderly people's activities of daily living and enable them to live in their own residences independently as long as possible. Current robot technology does not allow reliable fully autonomous operation of service robots with manipulation capabilities in the heterogeneous environments of private homes. We developed and evaluated a usage concept for semi-autonomous robot control as well as user interfaces for three user groups. Elderly people are provided with simp...

  11. Towards Autonomous Operations of the Robonaut 2 Humanoid Robotic Testbed

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    Badger, Julia; Nguyen, Vienny; Mehling, Joshua; Hambuchen, Kimberly; Diftler, Myron; Luna, Ryan; Baker, William; Joyce, Charles

    2016-01-01

    The Robonaut project has been conducting research in robotics technology on board the International Space Station (ISS) since 2012. Recently, the original upper body humanoid robot was upgraded by the addition of two climbing manipulators ("legs"), more capable processors, and new sensors, as shown in Figure 1. While Robonaut 2 (R2) has been working through checkout exercises on orbit following the upgrade, technology development on the ground has continued to advance. Through the Active Reduced Gravity Offload System (ARGOS), the Robonaut team has been able to develop technologies that will enable full operation of the robotic testbed on orbit using similar robots located at the Johnson Space Center. Once these technologies have been vetted in this way, they will be implemented and tested on the R2 unit on board the ISS. The goal of this work is to create a fully-featured robotics research platform on board the ISS to increase the technology readiness level of technologies that will aid in future exploration missions. Technology development has thus far followed two main paths, autonomous climbing and efficient tool manipulation. Central to both technologies has been the incorporation of a human robotic interaction paradigm that involves the visualization of sensory and pre-planned command data with models of the robot and its environment. Figure 2 shows screenshots of these interactive tools, built in rviz, that are used to develop and implement these technologies on R2. Robonaut 2 is designed to move along the handrails and seat track around the US lab inside the ISS. This is difficult for many reasons, namely the environment is cluttered and constrained, the robot has many degrees of freedom (DOF) it can utilize for climbing, and remote commanding for precision tasks such as grasping handrails is time-consuming and difficult. Because of this, it is important to develop the technologies needed to allow the robot to reach operator-specified positions as

  12. Autonomous stair-climbing with miniature jumping robots.

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    Stoeter, Sascha A; Papanikolopoulos, Nikolaos

    2005-04-01

    The problem of vision-guided control of miniature mobile robots is investigated. Untethered mobile robots with small physical dimensions of around 10 cm or less do not permit powerful onboard computers because of size and power constraints. These challenges have, in the past, reduced the functionality of such devices to that of a complex remote control vehicle with fancy sensors. With the help of a computationally more powerful entity such as a larger companion robot, the control loop can be closed. Using the miniature robot's video transmission or that of an observer to localize it in the world, control commands can be computed and relayed to the inept robot. The result is a system that exhibits autonomous capabilities. The framework presented here solves the problem of climbing stairs with the miniature Scout robot. The robot's unique locomotion mode, the jump, is employed to hop one step at a time. Methods for externally tracking the Scout are developed. A large number of real-world experiments are conducted and the results discussed. PMID:15828659

  13. Autonomous stair-climbing with miniature jumping robots.

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    Stoeter, Sascha A; Papanikolopoulos, Nikolaos

    2005-04-01

    The problem of vision-guided control of miniature mobile robots is investigated. Untethered mobile robots with small physical dimensions of around 10 cm or less do not permit powerful onboard computers because of size and power constraints. These challenges have, in the past, reduced the functionality of such devices to that of a complex remote control vehicle with fancy sensors. With the help of a computationally more powerful entity such as a larger companion robot, the control loop can be closed. Using the miniature robot's video transmission or that of an observer to localize it in the world, control commands can be computed and relayed to the inept robot. The result is a system that exhibits autonomous capabilities. The framework presented here solves the problem of climbing stairs with the miniature Scout robot. The robot's unique locomotion mode, the jump, is employed to hop one step at a time. Methods for externally tracking the Scout are developed. A large number of real-world experiments are conducted and the results discussed.

  14. AMiRESot - A New Robot Soccer League with Autonomous Miniature Robots

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    Witkowski, Ulf; Sitte, Joaquin; Herbrechtsmeier, Stefan; Rückert, Ulrich

    AMiRESot is a new robot soccer league that is played with small autonomous miniature robots. Team sizes are defined with one, two, and three robots per team. Special to the AMiRESot league are the fully autonomous behavior of the robots and their small size. For the matches, the rules mainly follow the FIFA laws with some modifications being useful for robot soccer. The new AMiRESot soccer robot is small in size (maximum 110 mm diameter) but a powerful vehicle, equipped with a differential drive system. For sensing, the robots in their basic configuration are equipped with active infrared sensors and a color image sensor. For information processing a powerful mobile processor and reconfigurable hardware resources (FPGA) are available. Due to the robot’s modular structure it can be easily extended by additional sensing and processing resources. This paper gives an overview of the AMiRESot rules and presents details of the new robot platform used for AMiRESot.

  15. Research on stereo vision path-planning algorithms for mobile robots autonomous navigation

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    ZHANG Guo-wei; LU Qiu-hong

    2009-01-01

    Using stereo vision for autonomous mobile robot path-planning is a hot technology. The environment mapping and path-planning algorithms were introduced, and they were applied in the autonomous mobile robot experiment platform. Through experiments in the robot platform, the effectiveness of these algorithms was verified.

  16. Learning Long-range Terrain Perception for Autonomous Mobile Robots

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    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Long-range terrain perception has a high value in performing efficient autonomous navigation and risky intervention tasks for field robots, such as earlier recognition of hazards, better path planning, and higher speeds. However, Stereo-based navigation systems can only perceive near-field terrain due to the nearsightedness of stereo vision. Many near-to-far learning methods, based on regions' appearance features, are proposed to predict the far-field terrain. We proposed a statistical prediction framework to enhance long-range terrain perception for autonomous mobile robots. The main difference between our solution and other existing methods is that our framework not only includes appearance features as its prediction basis, but also incorporates spatial relationships between terrain regions in a principled way. The experiment results show that our framework outperforms other existing approaches in terms of accuracy, robustness and adaptability to dynamic unstructured outdoor environments.

  17. Robotic reactions: Delay-induced patterns in autonomous vehicle systems

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    Orosz, Gábor; Moehlis, Jeff; Bullo, Francesco

    2010-02-01

    Fundamental design principles are presented for vehicle systems governed by autonomous cruise control devices. By analyzing the corresponding delay differential equations, it is shown that for any car-following model short-wavelength oscillations can appear due to robotic reaction times, and that there are tradeoffs between the time delay and the control gains. The analytical findings are demonstrated on an optimal velocity model using numerical continuation and numerical simulation.

  18. Autonomous navigation of a robot with computer vision

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    Magallón Hernández, Ignacio

    2011-01-01

    This TCC (Undergraduate Course Final Project) aims to develop a solution for intelligent autonomous navigation with mobile robots using computer vision. Using C language and OpenCV, an image processing library, the generated code applies different filters and convolutions in the input image obtained by webcam in order to reduce input noise, homogenize regions and detect borders. The program, which can be adapted to different environments by regulating four parameters, allows th...

  19. A fuzzy logic controller for an autonomous mobile robot

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    Yen, John; Pfluger, Nathan

    1993-01-01

    The ability of a mobile robot system to plan and move intelligently in a dynamic system is needed if robots are to be useful in areas other than controlled environments. An example of a use for this system is to control an autonomous mobile robot in a space station, or other isolated area where it is hard or impossible for human life to exist for long periods of time (e.g., Mars). The system would allow the robot to be programmed to carry out the duties normally accomplished by a human being. Some of the duties that could be accomplished include operating instruments, transporting objects, and maintenance of the environment. The main focus of our early work has been on developing a fuzzy controller that takes a path and adapts it to a given environment. The robot only uses information gathered from the sensors, but retains the ability to avoid dynamically placed obstacles near and along the path. Our fuzzy logic controller is based on the following algorithm: (1) determine the desired direction of travel; (2) determine the allowed direction of travel; and (3) combine the desired and allowed directions in order to determine a direciton that is both desired and allowed. The desired direction of travel is determined by projecting ahead to a point along the path that is closer to the goal. This gives a local direction of travel for the robot and helps to avoid obstacles.

  20. Omnivision-based autonomous mobile robotic platform

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    Cao, Zuoliang; Hu, Jun; Cao, Jin; Hall, Ernest L.

    2001-10-01

    As a laboratory demonstration platform, TUT-I mobile robot provides various experimentation modules to demonstrate the robotics technologies that are involved in remote control, computer programming, teach-and-playback operations. Typically, the teach-and-playback operation has been proved to be an effective solution especially in structured environments. The path generated in the teach mode and path correction in real-time using path error detecting in the playback mode are demonstrated. The vision-based image database is generated as the given path representation in the teaching procedure. The algorithm of an online image positioning is performed for path following. Advanced sensory capability is employed to provide environment perception. A unique omni directional vision (omni-vision) system is used for localization and navigation. The omni directional vision involves an extremely wide-angle lens, which has the feature that a dynamic omni-vision image is processed in real time to respond the widest view during the movement. The beacon guidance is realized by observing locations of points derived from over-head features such as predefined light arrays in a building. The navigation approach is based upon the omni-vision characteristics. A group of ultrasonic sensors is employed for obstacle avoidance.

  1. An autonomous miniature wheeled robot based on visual feedback control

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    CHEN Haichu

    2007-01-01

    Using two micro-motors,a novel omni-direction miniature wheeled robot is designed on the basis of the bi-corner driving principle.The robot takes advantage of the Bluetooth technology to wirelessly transmit data at a short distance.Its position and omni-direction motion are precise.A Charge Coupled Device(CCD)camera is used for measuring and for visual navigation.A control system is developed.The precision of the position is 0.5 mm,the resolution is about 0.05 mm,and the maximum velocity is about 52 mm/s.The visual navigation and control system allow the robot to navigate and track the target and to accomplish autonomous locomotion.

  2. Landmark Finding Algorithms for Indoor Autonomous Mobile Robot Localization

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    L. Tóth

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This contribution is oriented to ways of computer vision algorithms for mobile robot localization in internal and external agricultural environment. The main aim of this work was to design, create, verify and evaluate speed and functionality of computer vision localization algorithm. An input colour camera data and depth data were captured by MS® Kinect sensor that was mounted on 6-wheel-drive mobile robot chassis. The design of the localization algorithm was focused to the most significant blobs and points (landmarks on the colour picture. Actual coordinates of autonomous mobile robot were calculated out from measured distances (depth sensor and calculated angles (RGB camera with respect to landmark points. Time measurement script was used to compare the speed of landmark finding algorithm for localization in case of one and more landmarks on picture. The main source code was written in MS Visual studio C# programming language with Microsoft.Kinect.1.7.dll on Windows based PC. Algorithms described in this article were created for a future development of an autonomous agronomical m obile robot localization and control.

  3. Autonomous intelligent robotic manipulator for on-orbit servicing

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    Larouche, Benoit P.

    The doctoral research is to develop an autonomous intelligent robotic manipulator technology for on-orbit servicing (OOS). More specifically, the research is focused on one of the most critical tasks in OOS- the capture of a non-cooperative object whilst minimizing impact forces and accelerations. The objective of the research is: the development of a vision-based control theory, and the implementation and testing of the developed theory by designing and constructing a custom non-redundant holonomic robotic manipulator. The research validated the newly developed control theory and its ability to (i) capture a moving target autonomously and (ii) minimize unfavourable contact dynamics during the most critical parts of the capture operations between the capture satellite and a non-cooperative/tumbling object. A custom robotic manipulator functional prototype has been designed, assembled, constructed, and programmed from concept to completion in order to provide full customizability and controllability in both the hardware and the software. Based on the test platform, a thorough experimental investigation has been conducted to validate the newly developed control methodologies to govern the behaviour of the robotic manipulators (RM) in an autonomous capture. The capture itself is effected on non-cooperative targets in zero-gravity simulated environment. The RM employs a vision system, force sensors, and encoders in order to sense its environment. The control is effected through position and pseudo-torque inputs to three stepper motors and three servo motors. The controller is a modified hybrid force/neural network impedance controller based on N. Hogan's original work. The experimental results demonstrate the set objectives of this thesis have been successfully achieved.

  4. Catastrophic Fault Recovery with Self-Reconfigurable Chips

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    Zheng, Will Hua; Marzwell, Neville I.; Chau, Savio N.

    2006-01-01

    Mission critical systems typically employ multi-string redundancy to cope with possible hardware failure. Such systems are only as fault tolerant as there are many redundant strings. Once a particular critical component exhausts its redundant spares, the multi-string architecture cannot tolerate any further hardware failure. This paper aims at addressing such catastrophic faults through the use of 'Self-Reconfigurable Chips' as a last resort effort to 'repair' a faulty critical component.

  5. Introduction to autonomous manipulation case study with an underwater robot, SAUVIM

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    Marani, Giacomo

    2014-01-01

    Autonomous manipulation” is a challenge in robotic technologies. It refers to the capability of a mobile robot system with one or more manipulators that performs intervention tasks requiring physical contacts in unstructured environments and without continuous human supervision. Achieving autonomous manipulation capability is a quantum leap in robotic technologies as it is currently beyond the state of the art in robotics. This book addresses issues with the complexity of the problems encountered in autonomous manipulation including representation and modeling of robotic structures, kinematic and dynamic robotic control, kinematic and algorithmic singularity avoidance, dynamic task priority, workspace optimization and environment perception. Further development in autonomous manipulation should be able to provide robust improvements of the solutions for all of the above issues. The book provides an extensive tract on sensory-based autonomous manipulation for intervention tasks in unstructured environment...

  6. Experiments in teleoperator and autonomous control of space robotic vehicles

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    Alexander, Harold L.

    1991-01-01

    A program of research embracing teleoperator and automatic navigational control of freely flying satellite robots is presented. Current research goals include: (1) developing visual operator interfaces for improved vehicle teleoperation; (2) determining the effects of different visual interface system designs on operator performance; and (3) achieving autonomous vision-based vehicle navigation and control. This research program combines virtual-environment teleoperation studies and neutral-buoyancy experiments using a space-robot simulator vehicle currently under development. Visual-interface design options under investigation include monoscopic versus stereoscopic displays and cameras, helmet-mounted versus panel-mounted display monitors, head-tracking versus fixed or manually steerable remote cameras, and the provision of vehicle-fixed visual cues, or markers, in the remote scene for improved sensing of vehicle position, orientation, and motion.

  7. 2D navigation and pilotage of an autonomous mobile robot

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    The contribution of this thesis deals with the navigation and the piloting of an autonomous robot, in a known or weakly known environment of dimension two without constraints. This leads to generate an optimal path to a given goal and then to compute the commands to follow this path. Several constraints are taken into account (obstacles, geometry and kinematic of the robot, dynamic effects). The first part defines the problem and presents the state of the art. The three following parts present a set of complementary solutions according to the knowledge level of the environment and to the space constraints: - Case of a known environment: generation and following of a trajectory with respect to given path points. - Case of a weakly known environment: coupling of a command module interacting with the environment perception, and a path planner. This allows a fast motion of the robot. - Case of a constrained environment: planner enabling the taking into account of many constraints as the robot's shape, turning radius limitation, backward motion and orientation. (author)

  8. Classifying and recovering from sensing failures in autonomous mobile robots

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    Murphy, R.R.; Hershberger, D. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)

    1996-12-31

    This paper presents a characterization of sensing failures in autonomous mobile robots, a methodology for classification and recovery, and a demonstration of this approach on a mobile robot performing landmark navigation. A sensing failure is any event leading to defective perception, including sensor malfunctions, software errors, environmental changes, and errant expectations. The approach demonstrated in this paper exploits the ability of the robot to interact with its environment to acquire additional information for classification (i.e., active perception). A Generate and Test strategy is used to generate hypotheses to explain the symptom resulting from the sensing failure. The recovery scheme replaces the affected sensing processes with an alternative logical sensor. The approach is implemented as the Sensor Fusion Effects Exception Handling (SFX-EH) architecture. The advantages of SFX-EH are that it requires only a partial causal model of sensing failure, the control scheme strives for a fast response, tests are constructed so as to prevent confounding from collaborating sensors which have also failed, and the logical sensor organization allows SFX-EH to be interfaced with the behavioral level of existing robot architectures.

  9. Design of a Micro-Autonomous Robot for Use in Astronomical Instruments

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    Cochrane, W. A.; Luo, X.; Lim, T.; Taylor, W. D.; Schnetler, H.

    2012-07-01

    A Micro-Autonomous Positioning System (MAPS) has been developed using micro-autonomous robots for the deployment of small mirrors within multi-object astronomical instruments for use on the next generation ground-based telescopes. The micro-autonomous robot is a two-wheel differential drive robot with a footprint of approximately 20 × 20 mm. The robot uses two brushless DC Smoovy motors with 125:1 planetary gearheads for positioning the mirror. This article describes the various elements of the overall system and in more detail the various robot designs. Also described in this article is the build and test of the most promising design, proving that micro-autonomous robot technology can be used in precision controlled applications.

  10. Terpsichore. ENEA's autonomous robotics project; Progetto Tersycore, la robotica autonoma

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    Taraglio, S.; Zanela, S.; Santini, A.; Nanni, V. [ENEA, Centro Ricerche Casaccia, Rome (Italy). Div. Robotica e Informatica Avanzata

    1999-10-01

    The article presents some of the Terpsichore project's results aimed to developed and test algorithms and applications for autonomous robotics. Four applications are described: dynamic mapping of a building's interior through the use of ultrasonic sensors; visual drive of an autonomous robot via a neural network controller; a neural network-based stereo vision system that steers a robot through unknown indoor environments; and the evolution of intelligent behaviours via the genetic algorithm approach.

  11. Design and Implementation of Autonomous Stair Climbing with Nao Humanoid Robot

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    Lu, Wei

    2015-01-01

    With the development of humanoid robots, autonomous stair climbing is an important capability. Humanoid robots will play an important role in helping people tackle some basic problems in the future. The main contribution of this thesis is that the NAO humanoid robot can climb the spiral staircase autonomously. In the vision module, the algorithm of image filtering and detecting the contours of the stair contributes to calculating the location of the stairs accurately. Additionally, the st...

  12. Study on a human guidance method for autonomous cruise of indoor robot

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    Jia, Bao-Zhi; Zhu, Ming

    2011-12-01

    This paper describes a method of human guidance for autonomous cruise of indoor robot. A low-cost robot follows a person in a room and notes the path for autonomous cruise using its monocular vision. A method of video-based object detection and tracking is taken to detect the target by the video received from the robot's camera. The validity of the human guidance method is proved by the experiment.

  13. On the Use of Safety Certification Practices in Autonomous Field Robot Software Development

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    Mogensen, Johann Thor Ingibergsson; Schultz, Ulrik Pagh; Kuhrmann, Marco

    2015-01-01

    the state-of-the-art in developing software for safety-critical software for autonomous field robots. The purpose of the study is to identify practices used for the development of autonomous field robots and how these practices relate to available safety standards. Our findings from reviewing 49 papers show......Robotics has recently seen an increasing development, and the areas addressed within robotics has extended into domains we consider safety-critical, fostering the development of standards that facilitate the development of safe robots. Safety standards describe concepts to maintain desired...

  14. Collective Modular Underwater Robotic System for Long-Term Autonomous Operation

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    Christensen, David Johan; Andersen, Jens Christian; Blanke, Mogens;

    This paper provides a brief overview of an underwater robotic system for autonomous inspection in confined offshore underwater structures. The system, which is currently in development, consist of heterogeneous modular robots able to physically dock and communicate with other robots, transport...... tools and robots, and recharge their batteries while underwater. These properties will provide the system, when fully developed, with unique capabilities such as ability to adapt robotic morphology and function to the current task and tolerate failures leading to long-term autonomous operations....

  15. Human-robot collaborative navigation for autonomous maintenance management of nuclear installation

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    Development of human and robot collaborative navigation for autonomous maintenance management of nuclear installation has been conducted. The human-robot collaborative system is performed using a switching command between autonomous navigation and manual navigation that incorporate a human intervention. The autonomous navigation path is conducted using a novel algorithm of MLG method based on Lozano-Perezs visibility graph. The MLG optimizes the shortest distance and safe constraints. While the manual navigation is performed using manual robot tele operation tools. Experiment in the MLG autonomous navigation system is conducted for six times with 3-D starting point and destination point coordinate variation. The experiment shows a good performance of autonomous robot maneuver to avoid collision with obstacle. The switching navigation is well interpreted using open or close command to RS-232C constructed using LabVIEW

  16. Robot soccer anywhere: achieving persistent autonomous navigation, mapping and object vision tracking in dynamic environments

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    Dragone, Mauro; O'Donaghue, Ruadhan; Leonard, John J.; O'Hare, G. M. P.; Duffy, Brian R.; Patrikalakis, Andrew; Leederkerken, Jacques

    2005-01-01

    The paper describes an ongoing effort to enable autonomous mobile robots to play soccer in unstructured, everyday environments. Unlike conventional robot soccer competitions that are usually held on purpose-built robot soccer "fields", in our work we seek to develop the capability for robots to demonstrate aspects of soccer-playing in more diverse environments, such as schools, hospitals, or shopping malls, with static obstacles (furniture) and dynamic natural obstacles (people). This problem...

  17. Integration of a mobile autonomous robot in a surveillance multi-agent system

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    Dias, Bruno Miguel Morais

    2014-01-01

    This dissertation aims to guarantee the integration of a mobile autonomous robot equipped with many sensors in a multi-agent distributed and georeferenced surveillance system. The integration of a mobile autonomous robot in this system leads to new features that will be available to clients of surveillance system may use. These features may be of two types: using the robot as an agent that will act in the environment or by using the robot as a mobile set of sensors. As an agent in the syst...

  18. The Intellectualized Architecture of the Autonomous Micro-Mobile Robot Based-Behavior

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    2002-01-01

    Given the difficulty in hand-coding task schemes, an intellectualized architecture of the autonomous micro-mobile robot based-behavior for fault-repair was presented. Integrating the reinforcement learning and the group behavior evolution simulating the human's learning and evolution, the autonomous micro-mobile robot will automatically generate the suited actions satisfied the environment. However, the designer only devises some basic behaviors, which decreases the workload of the designer and cognitive deficiency of the robot to the environment. The results of simulation have shown that the architecture endows micro robot with the ability of learning, adaptation and robustness, also with the ability of accomplishing the given task.

  19. Interaction dynamics of multiple autonomous mobile robots in bounded spatial domains

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    Wang, P. K. C.

    1989-01-01

    A general navigation strategy for multiple autonomous robots in a bounded domain is developed analytically. Each robot is modeled as a spherical particle (i.e., an effective spatial domain about the center of mass); its interactions with other robots or with obstacles and domain boundaries are described in terms of the classical many-body problem; and a collision-avoidance strategy is derived and combined with homing, robot-robot, and robot-obstacle collision-avoidance strategies. Results from homing simulations involving (1) a single robot in a circular domain, (2) two robots in a circular domain, and (3) one robot in a domain with an obstacle are presented in graphs and briefly characterized.

  20. A survey on pattern formation of autonomous mobile robots: asynchrony, obliviousness and visibility

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    A robot system consists of autonomous mobile robots each of which repeats Look-Compute-Move cycles, where the robot observes the positions of other robots (Look phase), computes the track to the next location (Compute phase), and moves along the track (Move phase). In this survey, we focus on self-organization of mobile robots, especially their power of forming patterns. The formation power of a robot system is the class of patterns that the robots can form, and existing results show that the robot system's formation power is determined by their asynchrony, obliviousness, and visibility. We briefly survey existing results, with impossibilities and pattern formation algorithms. Finally, we present several open problems related to the pattern formation problem of mobile robots

  1. A survey on pattern formation of autonomous mobile robots: asynchrony, obliviousness and visibility

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    Yamauchi, Yukiko

    2013-12-01

    A robot system consists of autonomous mobile robots each of which repeats Look-Compute-Move cycles, where the robot observes the positions of other robots (Look phase), computes the track to the next location (Compute phase), and moves along the track (Move phase). In this survey, we focus on self-organization of mobile robots, especially their power of forming patterns. The formation power of a robot system is the class of patterns that the robots can form, and existing results show that the robot system's formation power is determined by their asynchrony, obliviousness, and visibility. We briefly survey existing results, with impossibilities and pattern formation algorithms. Finally, we present several open problems related to the pattern formation problem of mobile robots.

  2. Distributed Robotics Education

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    LUND, Henrik Hautop; Pagliarini, Luigi

    2011-01-01

    Distributed robotics takes many forms, for instance, multirobots, modular robots, and self-reconfigurable robots. The understanding and development of such advanced robotic systems demand extensive knowledge in engineering and computer science. In this paper, we describe the concept of a distributed educational system as a valuable tool for introducing students to interactive parallel and distributed processing programming as the foundation for distributed robotics and human-robot interaction...

  3. An effective trace-guided wavefront navigation and map-building approach for autonomous mobile robots

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    Luo, Chaomin; Krishnan, Mohan; Paulik, Mark; Jan, Gene Eu

    2013-12-01

    This paper aims to address a trace-guided real-time navigation and map building approach of an autonomous mobile robot. Wave-front based global path planner is developed to generate a global trajectory for an autonomous mobile robot. Modified Vector Field Histogram (M-VFH) is employed based on the LIDAR sensor information to guide the robot locally to be autonomously traversed with obstacle avoidance by following traces provided by the global path planner. A local map composed of square grids is created through the local navigator while the robot traverses with limited LIDAR sensory information. From the measured sensory information, a map of the robot's immediate limited surroundings is dynamically built for the robot navigation. The real-time wave-front based navigation and map building methodology has been successfully demonstrated in a Player/Stage simulation environment. With the wave-front-based global path planner and M-VFH local navigator, a safe, short, and reasonable trajectory is successfully planned in a majority of situations without any templates, without explicitly optimizing any global cost functions, and without any learning procedures. Its effectiveness, feasibility, efficiency and simplicity of the proposed real-time navigation and map building of an autonomous mobile robot have been successfully validated by simulation and comparison studies. Comparison studies of the proposed approach with the other path planning approaches demonstrate that the proposed method is capable of planning more reasonable and shorter collision-free trajectories autonomously.

  4. Terrain Classification for Outdoor Autonomous Robots using 2D Laser Scans

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    Rufus Blas, Morten; Riisgaard, Søren; Ravn, Ole;

    2005-01-01

    Interpreting laser data to allow autonomous robot navigation on paved as well as dirt roads using a fixed angle 2D laser scanner is a daunting task. This paper introduces an algorithm for terrain classification that fuses four distinctly different classifiers: raw height, step size, slope, and...... department developed Medium Mobile Robot and tests conducted in a national park environment....

  5. Motion Planning Of an Autonomous Mobile Robot Using Artificial Neural Network

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    Tripathi, G. N.; Rihani, V.

    2012-01-01

    The paper presents the electronic design and motion planning of a robot based on decision making regarding its straight motion and precise turn using Artificial Neural Network (ANN). The ANN helps in learning of robot so that it performs motion autonomously. The weights calculated are implemented in microcontroller. The performance has been tested to be excellent.

  6. Terrain Classification for Outdoor Autonomous Robots using 2D Laser Scans

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    Rufus Blas, Morten; Riisgaard, Søren; Ravn, Ole;

    2005-01-01

    Interpreting laser data to allow autonomous robot navigation on paved as well as dirt roads using a fixed angle 2D laser scanner is a daunting task. This paper introduces an algorithm for terrain classification that fuses four distinctly different classifiers: raw height, step size, slope...... with a department developed Medium Mobile Robot and tests conducted in a national park environment....

  7. Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot (RASSOR) Phase 2 and Smart Autonomous Sand-Swimming Excavator

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    Sandy, Michael

    2015-01-01

    The Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot (RASSOR) Phase 2 is an excavation robot for mining regolith on a planet like Mars. The robot is programmed using the Robotic Operating System (ROS) and it also uses a physical simulation program called Gazebo. This internship focused on various functions of the program in order to make it a more professional and efficient robot. During the internship another project called the Smart Autonomous Sand-Swimming Excavator was worked on. This is a robot that is designed to dig through sand and extract sample material. The intern worked on programming the Sand-Swimming robot, and designing the electrical system to power and control the robot.

  8. Planetary exploration by a mobile robot: mission teleprogramming and autonomous navigation.

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    Chatila, R.; Lacroix, S.; Simeon, T.; Herrb, M.

    Sending mobile robots to accomplish planetary exploration missions is scientifically promising and technologically challenging. The authors present a complete approach that encompasses the major aspects involved in the design of a robotic system for planetary exploration. It includes mission teleprogramming and supervision at a ground station, and autonomous mission execution by the remote mobile robot. They have partially implemented and validated these concepts. Experimental results illustrate the approach and the results.

  9. Autonomous multi-robot exploration in communication-limited environments

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    J. de Hoog; S. Cameron; A. Visser

    2010-01-01

    Teams of communicating robots are likely to be used for a wide range of applications in the near future, such as robotic search and rescue or robotic exploration of hostile and remote environments. In such scenarios, environments are likely to contain significant interference and multi-robot systems

  10. Control of autonomous mobile robots using custom-designed qualitative reasoning VLSI chips and boards

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    Pin, F.G.; Pattay, R.S.

    1991-01-01

    Two types of computer boards including custom-designed VLSI chips have been developed to provide a qualitative reasoning capability for the real-time control of autonomous mobile robots. The design and operation of these boards are described and an example of application of qualitative reasoning for the autonomous navigation of a mobile robot in a-priori unknown environments is presented. Results concerning consistency and modularity in the development of qualitative reasoning schemes as well as the general applicability of these techniques to robotic control domains are also discussed. 17 refs., 4 figs.

  11. Biomimetic autonomous robot inspired by the Cyanea capillata (Cyro)

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    A biomimetic robot inspired by Cyanea capillata, termed as ‘Cyro’, was developed to meet the functional demands of underwater surveillance in defense and civilian applications. The vehicle was designed to mimic the morphology and swimming mechanism of the natural counterpart. The body of the vehicle consists of a rigid support structure with linear DC motors which actuate eight mechanical arms. The mechanical arms in conjunction with artificial mesoglea create the hydrodynamic force required for propulsion. The full vehicle measures 170 cm in diameter and has a total mass of 76 kg. An analytical model of the mechanical arm kinematics was developed. The analytical and experimental bell kinematics were analyzed and compared to the C. capillata. Cyro was found to reach the water surface untethered and autonomously from a depth of 182 cm in five actuation cycles. It achieved an average velocity of 8.47 cm s−1 while consuming an average power of 70 W. A two-axis thrust stand was developed to calculate the thrust directly from a single bell segment yielding an average thrust of 27.9 N for the whole vehicle. Steady state velocity during Cyro's swimming test was not reached but the measured performance during its last swim cycle resulted in a cost of transport of 10.9 J (kg ⋅ m)−1 and total efficiency of 0.03. (paper)

  12. Biomimetic autonomous robot inspired by the Cyanea capillata (Cyro).

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    Villanueva, Alex A; Marut, Kenneth J; Michael, Tyler; Priya, Shashank

    2013-12-01

    A biomimetic robot inspired by Cyanea capillata, termed as 'Cyro', was developed to meet the functional demands of underwater surveillance in defense and civilian applications. The vehicle was designed to mimic the morphology and swimming mechanism of the natural counterpart. The body of the vehicle consists of a rigid support structure with linear DC motors which actuate eight mechanical arms. The mechanical arms in conjunction with artificial mesoglea create the hydrodynamic force required for propulsion. The full vehicle measures 170 cm in diameter and has a total mass of 76 kg. An analytical model of the mechanical arm kinematics was developed. The analytical and experimental bell kinematics were analyzed and compared to the C. capillata. Cyro was found to reach the water surface untethered and autonomously from a depth of 182 cm in five actuation cycles. It achieved an average velocity of 8.47 cm s(-1) while consuming an average power of 70 W. A two-axis thrust stand was developed to calculate the thrust directly from a single bell segment yielding an average thrust of 27.9 N for the whole vehicle. Steady state velocity during Cyro's swimming test was not reached but the measured performance during its last swim cycle resulted in a cost of transport of 10.9 J (kg ⋅ m)(-1) and total efficiency of 0.03. PMID:24166747

  13. Advances in Autonomous Mini Robots : Proceedings of the 6-th AMiRE Symposium

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    Joaquin, Sitte; Felix, Werner

    2012-01-01

    Autonomous robots must carry out useful tasks all by themselves relying entirely on their own perceptions of their environment. The cognitive abilities required for autonomous action are largely independent of robot size, which makes mini robots attractive as artefacts for research, education and entertainment. Autonomous mini robots must be small enough for experimentation on a desktop or a small laboratory.  They must be easy to carry and safe for interaction with humans. They must not be expensive. Mini robot designers have to work at the leading edge of technology so that their creations can carry out purposeful autonomic action under these constraints. Since 2001 researchers have met every two years for an international symposium to report on the advances achieved in Autonomous Mini  Robots for Research and Edutainment (AMiRE). The AMiRE Symposium is a single track conference that offers ample opportunities for discussion and exchange of ideas. This volume contains the contributed papers of the 2011 AM...

  14. Autonomous multi-robot exploration in communication-limited environments

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    Hoog, de, G.S.; Cameron, S.; de Visser, A.

    2010-01-01

    Teams of communicating robots are likely to be used for a wide range of applications in the near future, such as robotic search and rescue or robotic exploration of hostile and remote environments. In such scenarios, environments are likely to contain significant interference and multi-robot systems must be able to cope with loss of communication. We propose a novel multi-robot exploration approach, role-based exploration, in which members of the team explicitly plan to explore beyond communi...

  15. An intelligent hybrid behavior coordination system for an autonomous mobile robot

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    Luo, Chaomin; Krishnan, Mohan; Paulik, Mark; Fallouh, Samer

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, development of a low-cost PID controller with an intelligent behavior coordination system for an autonomous mobile robot is described that is equipped with IR sensors, ultrasonic sensors, regulator, and RC filters on the robot platform based on HCS12 microcontroller and embedded systems. A novel hybrid PID controller and behavior coordination system is developed for wall-following navigation and obstacle avoidance of an autonomous mobile robot. Adaptive control used in this robot is a hybrid PID algorithm associated with template and behavior coordination models. Software development contains motor control, behavior coordination intelligent system and sensor fusion. In addition, the module-based programming technique is adopted to improve the efficiency of integrating the hybrid PID and template as well as behavior coordination model algorithms. The hybrid model is developed to synthesize PID control algorithms, template and behavior coordination technique for wall-following navigation with obstacle avoidance systems. The motor control, obstacle avoidance, and wall-following navigation algorithms are developed to propel and steer the autonomous mobile robot. Experiments validate how this PID controller and behavior coordination system directs an autonomous mobile robot to perform wall-following navigation with obstacle avoidance. Hardware configuration and module-based technique are described in this paper. Experimental results demonstrate that the robot is successfully capable of being guided by the hybrid PID controller and behavior coordination system for wall-following navigation with obstacle avoidance.

  16. Design and Implementation an Autonomous Humanoid Robot Based on Fuzzy Rule-Based Motion Controller

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    Mohsen Taheri

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Research on humanoid robotics in Mechatronics and Automation Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Islamic Azad University Khorasgan branch (Isfahan of Iran was started at
    the beginning of this decade. Various research prototypes for humanoid robots have been designed and are going through evolution over these years. This paper describes the hardware and software design of the kid size humanoid robot systems of the PERSIA Team in 2009. The robot has 20 actuated degrees of freedom based on Hitec HSR898. In this paper we have tried to focus on areas such as mechanical structure, Image processing unit, robot controller, Robot AI and behavior
    learning. In 2009, our developments for the Kid size humanoid robot include: (1 the design and construction of our new humanoid robots (2 the design and construction of a new hardware and software controller to be used in our robots. The project is described in two main parts: Hardware and Software. The software is developed a robot application which consists walking controller, autonomous motion robot, self localization base on vision and Particle Filter, local AI, Trajectory Planning, Motion Controller and Network. The hardware consists of the mechanical structure and the driver circuit board. Each robot is able to walk, fast walk, pass, kick and dribble when it catches
    the ball. These humanoids have been successfully participating in various robotic soccer competitions. This project is still in progress and some new interesting methods are described in the current report.

  17. Advances in Robotic, Human, and Autonomous Systems for Missions of Space Exploration

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    Gross, Anthony R.; Briggs, Geoffrey A.; Glass, Brian J.; Pedersen, Liam; Kortenkamp, David M.; Wettergreen, David S.; Nourbakhsh, I.; Clancy, Daniel J.; Zornetzer, Steven (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Space exploration missions are evolving toward more complex architectures involving more capable robotic systems, new levels of human and robotic interaction, and increasingly autonomous systems. How this evolving mix of advanced capabilities will be utilized in the design of new missions is a subject of much current interest. Cost and risk constraints also play a key role in the development of new missions, resulting in a complex interplay of a broad range of factors in the mission development and planning of new missions. This paper will discuss how human, robotic, and autonomous systems could be used in advanced space exploration missions. In particular, a recently completed survey of the state of the art and the potential future of robotic systems, as well as new experiments utilizing human and robotic approaches will be described. Finally, there will be a discussion of how best to utilize these various approaches for meeting space exploration goals.

  18. Concept of Intelligent Mechanical Design for Autonomous Mobile Robots

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    Nassiraei, Amir Ali Forough

    2007-01-01

    (Abstract) During the 21st century, it is expected that the robots with different degrees of autonomy and mobility will play an increasingly important role in all side of human life. Thus these kinds of robots will become much more complex than today, and the development of such robots present a great challenge for researchers. However, drawbacks of robot complexity, necessity of more complex hardware, software and mechanical structure may lead to low reliability and increasing...

  19. Towards adaptive and autonomous humanoid robots: from vision to actions

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    Leitner, Jürgen; Schmidhuber, Jürgen; Förster, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    Although robotics research has seen advances over the last decades robots are still not in widespread use outside industrial applications. Yet a range of proposed scenarios have robots working together, helping and coexisting with humans in daily life. In all these a clear need to deal with a more unstructured, changing environment arises. I herein present a system that aims to overcome the limitations of highly complex robotic systems, in terms of autonomy and adaptation. The main focus...

  20. Remote wave measurements using autonomous mobile robotic systems

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    Kurkin, Andrey; Zeziulin, Denis; Makarov, Vladimir; Belyakov, Vladimir; Tyugin, Dmitry; Pelinovsky, Efim

    2016-04-01

    The project covers the development of a technology for monitoring and forecasting the state of the coastal zone environment using radar equipment transported by autonomous mobile robotic systems (AMRS). Sought-after areas of application are the eastern and northern coasts of Russia, where continuous collection of information on topographic changes of the coastal zone and carrying out hydrodynamic measurements in inaccessible to human environment are needed. The intensity of the reflection of waves, received by radar surveillance, is directly related to the height of the waves. Mathematical models and algorithms for processing experimental data (signal selection, spectral analysis, wavelet analysis), recalculation of landwash from data on heights of waves far from the shore, determination of the threshold values of heights of waves far from the shore have been developed. There has been developed the program complex for functioning of the experimental prototype of AMRS, comprising the following modules: data loading module, reporting module, module of georeferencing, data analysis module, monitoring module, hardware control module, graphical user interface. Further work will be connected with carrying out tests of manufactured experimental prototype in conditions of selected routes coastline of Sakhalin Island. Conducting field tests will allow to reveal the shortcomings of development and to identify ways of optimization of the structure and functioning algorithms of AMRS, as well as functioning the measuring equipment. The presented results have been obtained in Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University n.a. R. Alekseev in the framework of the Federal Target Program «Research and development on priority directions of scientific-technological complex of Russia for 2014 - 2020 years» (agreement № 14.574.21.0089 (unique identifier of agreement - RFMEFI57414X0089)).

  1. An integrated design and fabrication strategy for entirely soft, autonomous robots

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    Wehner, Michael; Truby, Ryan L.; Fitzgerald, Daniel J.; Mosadegh, Bobak; Whitesides, George M.; Lewis, Jennifer A.; Wood, Robert J.

    2016-08-01

    Soft robots possess many attributes that are difficult, if not impossible, to achieve with conventional robots composed of rigid materials. Yet, despite recent advances, soft robots must still be tethered to hard robotic control systems and power sources. New strategies for creating completely soft robots, including soft analogues of these crucial components, are needed to realize their full potential. Here we report the untethered operation of a robot composed solely of soft materials. The robot is controlled with microfluidic logic that autonomously regulates fluid flow and, hence, catalytic decomposition of an on-board monopropellant fuel supply. Gas generated from the fuel decomposition inflates fluidic networks downstream of the reaction sites, resulting in actuation. The body and microfluidic logic of the robot are fabricated using moulding and soft lithography, respectively, and the pneumatic actuator networks, on-board fuel reservoirs and catalytic reaction chambers needed for movement are patterned within the body via a multi-material, embedded 3D printing technique. The fluidic and elastomeric architectures required for function span several orders of magnitude from the microscale to the macroscale. Our integrated design and rapid fabrication approach enables the programmable assembly of multiple materials within this architecture, laying the foundation for completely soft, autonomous robots.

  2. An integrated design and fabrication strategy for entirely soft, autonomous robots.

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    Wehner, Michael; Truby, Ryan L; Fitzgerald, Daniel J; Mosadegh, Bobak; Whitesides, George M; Lewis, Jennifer A; Wood, Robert J

    2016-08-25

    Soft robots possess many attributes that are difficult, if not impossible, to achieve with conventional robots composed of rigid materials. Yet, despite recent advances, soft robots must still be tethered to hard robotic control systems and power sources. New strategies for creating completely soft robots, including soft analogues of these crucial components, are needed to realize their full potential. Here we report the untethered operation of a robot composed solely of soft materials. The robot is controlled with microfluidic logic that autonomously regulates fluid flow and, hence, catalytic decomposition of an on-board monopropellant fuel supply. Gas generated from the fuel decomposition inflates fluidic networks downstream of the reaction sites, resulting in actuation. The body and microfluidic logic of the robot are fabricated using moulding and soft lithography, respectively, and the pneumatic actuator networks, on-board fuel reservoirs and catalytic reaction chambers needed for movement are patterned within the body via a multi-material, embedded 3D printing technique. The fluidic and elastomeric architectures required for function span several orders of magnitude from the microscale to the macroscale. Our integrated design and rapid fabrication approach enables the programmable assembly of multiple materials within this architecture, laying the foundation for completely soft, autonomous robots. PMID:27558065

  3. A testbed for a unified teleoperated-autonomous dual-arm robotic system

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    Hayati, S.; Lee, T.; Tso, K.; Backes, P.; Lloyd, J.

    1990-01-01

    This paper describes a complete robot control facility built at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as part of NASA a telerobotics program to develop a state-of-the-art robot control environment for laboratory based space-like experiments. This system, which is now fully operational, has the following features: separation of the computing facilities into local and remote sites, autonomous motion generation in joint or Cartesian coordinates, dual-arm force reflecting teleoperation with voice interaction between the operator and the robots, shared control between the autonomously generated motions and operator controlled teleoperation, and dual-arm coordinated trajectory generation. The system has been used to carry out realistic experiments such as the exchange of an Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU), bolt turning, and door opening, using a mixture of autonomous actions and teleoperation, with either a single arm or two cooperating arms.

  4. The experimental humanoid robot H7: a research platform for autonomous behaviour.

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    Nishiwaki, Koichi; Kuffner, James; Kagami, Satoshi; Inaba, Masayuki; Inoue, Hirochika

    2007-01-15

    This paper gives an overview of the humanoid robot 'H7', which was developed over several years as an experimental platform for walking, autonomous behaviour and human interaction research at the University of Tokyo. H7 was designed to be a human-sized robot capable of operating autonomously in indoor environments designed for humans. The hardware is relatively simple to operate and conduct research on, particularly with respect to the hierarchical design of its control architecture. We describe the overall design goals and methodology, along with a summary of its online walking capabilities, autonomous vision-based behaviours and automatic motion planning. We show experimental results obtained by implementations running within a simulation environment as well as on the actual robot hardware. PMID:17148051

  5. The experimental humanoid robot H7: a research platform for autonomous behaviour.

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    Nishiwaki, Koichi; Kuffner, James; Kagami, Satoshi; Inaba, Masayuki; Inoue, Hirochika

    2007-01-15

    This paper gives an overview of the humanoid robot 'H7', which was developed over several years as an experimental platform for walking, autonomous behaviour and human interaction research at the University of Tokyo. H7 was designed to be a human-sized robot capable of operating autonomously in indoor environments designed for humans. The hardware is relatively simple to operate and conduct research on, particularly with respect to the hierarchical design of its control architecture. We describe the overall design goals and methodology, along with a summary of its online walking capabilities, autonomous vision-based behaviours and automatic motion planning. We show experimental results obtained by implementations running within a simulation environment as well as on the actual robot hardware.

  6. Autonomous undulatory serpentine locomotion utilizing body dynamics of a fluidic soft robot.

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    Onal, Cagdas D; Rus, Daniela

    2013-06-01

    Soft robotics offers the unique promise of creating inherently safe and adaptive systems. These systems bring man-made machines closer to the natural capabilities of biological systems. An important requirement to enable self-contained soft mobile robots is an on-board power source. In this paper, we present an approach to create a bio-inspired soft robotic snake that can undulate in a similar way to its biological counterpart using pressure for actuation power, without human intervention. With this approach, we develop an autonomous soft snake robot with on-board actuation, power, computation and control capabilities. The robot consists of four bidirectional fluidic elastomer actuators in series to create a traveling curvature wave from head to tail along its body. Passive wheels between segments generate the necessary frictional anisotropy for forward locomotion. It takes 14 h to build the soft robotic snake, which can attain an average locomotion speed of 19 mm s(-1).

  7. An architectural approach to create self organizing control systems for practical autonomous robots

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    Greiner, Helen

    1991-01-01

    For practical industrial applications, the development of trainable robots is an important and immediate objective. Therefore, the developing of flexible intelligence directly applicable to training is emphasized. It is generally agreed upon by the AI community that the fusion of expert systems, neural networks, and conventionally programmed modules (e.g., a trajectory generator) is promising in the quest for autonomous robotic intelligence. Autonomous robot development is hindered by integration and architectural problems. Some obstacles towards the construction of more general robot control systems are as follows: (1) Growth problem; (2) Software generation; (3) Interaction with environment; (4) Reliability; and (5) Resource limitation. Neural networks can be successfully applied to some of these problems. However, current implementations of neural networks are hampered by the resource limitation problem and must be trained extensively to produce computationally accurate output. A generalization of conventional neural nets is proposed, and an architecture is offered in an attempt to address the above problems.

  8. Combining a Novel Computer Vision Sensor with a Cleaning Robot to Achieve Autonomous Pig House Cleaning

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    Andersen, Nils Axel; Braithwaite, Ian David; Blanke, Mogens;

    2005-01-01

    condition based cleaning. This paper describes how a novel sensor, developed for the purpose, and algorithms for classification and learning are combined with a commercial robot to obtain an autonomous system which meets the necessary quality attributes. These include features to make selective cleaning...... where dirty areas are detected, that operator assistance is called only when cleanness hypothesis cannot be made with confidence. The paper describes the design of the system where learning from experience maps and operator instructions are combined to obtain a smart and autonomous cleaning robot.......Cleaning of livestock buildings is the single most health-threatening task in the agricultural industry and a transition to robot-based cleaning would be instrumental to improving working conditions for employees. Present cleaning robots fall short on cleanness quality, as they cannot perform...

  9. Research and development of Ro-boat: an autonomous river cleaning robot

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    Sinha, Aakash; Bhardwaj, Prashant; Vaibhav, Bipul; Mohommad, Noor

    2013-12-01

    Ro-Boat is an autonomous river cleaning intelligent robot incorporating mechanical design and computer vision algorithm to achieve autonomous river cleaning and provide a sustainable environment. Ro-boat is designed in a modular fashion with design details such as mechanical structural design, hydrodynamic design and vibrational analysis. It is incorporated with a stable mechanical system with air and water propulsion, robotic arms and solar energy source and it is proceed to become autonomous by using computer vision. Both "HSV Color Space" and "SURF" are proposed to use for measurements in Kalman Filter resulting in extremely robust pollutant tracking. The system has been tested with successful results in the Yamuna River in New Delhi. We foresee that a system of Ro-boats working autonomously 24x7 can clean a major river in a city on about six months time, which is unmatched by alternative methods of river cleaning.

  10. Autonomous Mobile Platform for Research in Cooperative Robotics

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    Daemi, Ali; Pena, Edward; Ferguson, Paul

    1998-01-01

    This paper describes the design and development of a platform for research in cooperative mobile robotics. The structure and mechanics of the vehicles are based on R/C cars. The vehicle is rendered mobile by a DC motor and servo motor. The perception of the robot's environment is achieved using IR sensors and a central vision system. A laptop computer processes images from a CCD camera located above the testing area to determine the position of objects in sight. This information is sent to each robot via RF modem. Each robot is operated by a Motorola 68HC11E micro-controller, and all actions of the robots are realized through the connections of IR sensors, modem, and motors. The intelligent behavior of each robot is based on a hierarchical fuzzy-rule based approach.

  11. Vision-based semi-autonomous outdoor robot system to reduce soldier workload

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    Richardson, Al; Rodgers, Michael H.

    2001-09-01

    Sensors and computational capability have not reached the point to enable small robots to navigate autonomously in unconstrained outdoor environments at tactically useful speeds. This problem is greatly reduced, however, if a soldier can lead the robot through terrain that he knows it can traverse. An application of this concept is a small pack-mule robot that follows a foot soldier over outdoor terrain. The solder would be responsible to avoid situations beyond the robot's limitations when encountered. Having learned the route, the robot could autonomously retrace the path carrying supplies and munitions. This would greatly reduce the soldier's workload under normal conditions. This paper presents a description of a developmental robot sensor system using low-cost commercial 3D vision and inertial sensors to address this application. The robot moves at fast walking speed and requires only short-range perception to accomplish its task. 3D-feature information is recorded on a composite route map that the robot uses to negotiate its local environment and retrace the path taught by the soldier leader.

  12. Traversable terrain classification for outdoor autonomous robots using single 2D laser scans

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    Andersen, Jens Christian; Blas, Morten Rufus; Andersen, Nils Axel;

    2006-01-01

    , curvature, slope, width and invalid data. These are then used to extract road borders, traversable terrain and identify obstacles. Experimental results are shown and discussed. The results were obtained using a DTU developed mobile robot, and the autonomous tests were conducted in a national park......Interpreting laser data to allow autonomous robot navigation on paved as well as dirt roads using a fixed angle 2D laser scanner is a daunting task. This paper introduces an algorithm for terrain classification that fuses seven distinctly different classifiers: raw height, roughness, step size...

  13. MECHANICAL DESIGN OF AN AUTONOMOUS MARINE ROBOTIC SYSTEM FOR INTERACTION WITH DIVERS

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available SCUBA diving, professional or recreational, remains one of the most hazardous activities known by man, mostly due to the fact that the human survival in the underwater environment requires use of technical equipment such as breathing regulators. Loss of breathing gas supply, burst eardrum, decompression sickness and nitrogen narcosis are just a few problems which can occur during an ordinary dive and result in injuries, long-term illnesses or even death. Most common way to reduce the risk of diving is to dive in pairs, thus allowing divers to cooperate with each other and react when uncommon situation occurs. Having the ability to react before an unwanted situation happens would improve diver safety. This paper describes an autonomous marine robotic system that replaces a human dive buddy. Such a robotic system, developed within an FP7 project “CADDY – Cognitive Autonomous Diving Buddy” provides a symbiotic link between robots and human divers in the underwater. The proposed concept consists of a diver, an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV Buddy and an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV PlaDyPos, acting within a cooperative network linked via an acoustic communication channel. This is a first time that an underwater human-robot system of such a scale has ever been developed. In this paper, focus is put on mechanical characteristics of the robotic vehicles.

  14. LABRADOR: a learning autonomous behavior-based robot for adaptive detection and object retrieval

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    Yamauchi, Brian; Moseley, Mark; Brookshire, Jonathan

    2013-01-01

    As part of the TARDEC-funded CANINE (Cooperative Autonomous Navigation in a Networked Environment) Program, iRobot developed LABRADOR (Learning Autonomous Behavior-based Robot for Adaptive Detection and Object Retrieval). LABRADOR was based on the rugged, man-portable, iRobot PackBot unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) equipped with an explosives ordnance disposal (EOD) manipulator arm and a custom gripper. For LABRADOR, we developed a vision-based object learning and recognition system that combined a TLD (track-learn-detect) filter based on object shape features with a color-histogram-based object detector. Our vision system was able to learn in real-time to recognize objects presented to the robot. We also implemented a waypoint navigation system based on fused GPS, IMU (inertial measurement unit), and odometry data. We used this navigation capability to implement autonomous behaviors capable of searching a specified area using a variety of robust coverage strategies - including outward spiral, random bounce, random waypoint, and perimeter following behaviors. While the full system was not integrated in time to compete in the CANINE competition event, we developed useful perception, navigation, and behavior capabilities that may be applied to future autonomous robot systems.

  15. Algorithms for VLSI stereo vision circuits applied to autonomous robots

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    Lopez de Meneses Novosilzov, Yuri; Nicoud, Jean-Daniel

    2005-01-01

    Since the inception of Robotics, visual information has been incorporated in order to allow the robots to perform tasks that require an interaction with their environment, particularly when it is a changing environment. Depth perception is a most useful information for a mobile robot to navigate in its environment and interact with its surroundings. Among the different methods capable of measuring the distance to the objects in the scene, stereo vision is the most advantageous for a small, mo...

  16. Algorithms for VLSI stereo vision circuits applied to autonomous robots

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    Lopez de Meneses Novosilzov, Yuri

    1999-01-01

    Since the inception of Robotics, visual information has been incorporated in order to allow the robots to perform tasks that require an interaction with their environment, particularly when it is a changing environment. Depth perception is a most useful information for a mobile robot to navigate in its environment and interact with its surroundings. Among the different methods capable of measuring the distance to the objects in the scene, stereo vision is the most advantageous for a small, mo...

  17. Cartographie et estimation globale de la position pour un robot mobile autonome

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    Filliat, David

    2001-01-01

    Managing the movements of an autonomous mobile robot in its environment is a problem that has been tackled since the early integration of arti ficial intelligence and robotics. However, this problem remains di fficult and no general solution has been devised. Among existing navigation strategies, we will focus on those that use a map to represent the spatial layout of the environment and that allow to plan movements toward distant goals. Map-building and self-positioning within these maps are...

  18. Autonomous Navigation, Dynamic Path and Work Flow Planning in Multi-Agent Robotic Swarms Project

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    Falker, John; Zeitlin, Nancy; Leucht, Kurt; Stolleis, Karl

    2015-01-01

    Kennedy Space Center has teamed up with the Biological Computation Lab at the University of New Mexico to create a swarm of small, low-cost, autonomous robots, called Swarmies, to be used as a ground-based research platform for in-situ resource utilization missions. The behavior of the robot swarm mimics the central-place foraging strategy of ants to find and collect resources in an unknown environment and return those resources to a central site.

  19. A real-time image understanding system for an autonomous mobile robot

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    Remias, Leonard V.

    1996-01-01

    Approved for public release, distribution is unlimited Yamabico-11 is an autonomous mobile robot used as a research platform with one area in image understanding. Previous work focused on edge detection analysis on a Silicon Graphics Iris (SGI) workstation with no method for implementation on the robot. Yamabico-11 does not have an on-board image processing capability to detect straight edges in a grayscale image and a method for allowing the user to analyze the data. The approach taken fo...

  20. A Control Strategy for an Autonomous Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for Solar Panels

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    Aravind, G; Gautham, Vasan; Kumar, T. S. B Gowtham; Naresh, Balaji

    2014-01-01

    Accumulation of dust on the surface of solar panels reduces the amount of radiation reaching it. This leads to loss in generated electric power and formation of hotspots which would permanently damage the solar panel. This project aims at developing an autonomous vacuum cleaning method which can be used on a regular basis to maximize the lifetime and efficiency of a solar panel. This system is implemented using two subsystems namely a Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and a Docking Station. The Robotic ...

  1. The implementation and testing of a robotic arm on an autonomous vehicle

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    Jun, Hyun Il.

    2007-01-01

    An articulated arm with three degrees of freedom is implemented and tested on an autonomous robot. Kinematic equations of motion for the arm are modeled and tested. A communication architecture is successfully implemented for wireless manual control of the arm. Visual and thermal cues are realized with an onboard camera and a collocated thermal sensor. Future work suggests investigations for full autonomous arm control without manual operator intervention based on sensor cues and visual s...

  2. Introduction to autonomous mobile robotics using Lego Mindstorms NXT

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    Akın, H. Levent; Meriçli, Çetin; Meriçli, Tekin

    2013-12-01

    Teaching the fundamentals of robotics to computer science undergraduates requires designing a well-balanced curriculum that is complemented with hands-on applications on a platform that allows rapid construction of complex robots, and implementation of sophisticated algorithms. This paper describes such an elective introductory course where the Lego Mindstorms NXT kits are used as the robot platform. The aims, scope and contents of the course are presented, and the design of the laboratory sessions as well as the term projects, which address several core problems of robotics and artificial intelligence simultaneously, are explained in detail.

  3. An Autonomous Robotic System for Mapping Weeds in Fields

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    Hansen, Karl Damkjær; Garcia Ruiz, Francisco Jose; Kazmi, Wajahat;

    2013-01-01

    The ASETA project develops theory and methods for robotic agricultural systems. In ASETA, unmanned aircraft and unmanned ground vehicles are used to automate the task of identifying and removing weeds in sugar beet fields. The framework for a working automatic robotic weeding system is presented...

  4. On autonomous and teleoperated aerial service robots: theory and application

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    Mersha, Abeye Yenehun

    2014-01-01

    Traditionally, aerial robots have been used in applications that do not require physical interaction with the environment. Recently, however, there is a growing interest in using aerial robots for applications that involve active but nondestructive interaction with the environment, especially in the

  5. Autonomous Motion Learning for Intra-Vehicular Activity Space Robot

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    Watanabe, Yutaka; Yairi, Takehisa; Machida, Kazuo

    Space robots will be needed in the future space missions. So far, many types of space robots have been developed, but in particular, Intra-Vehicular Activity (IVA) space robots that support human activities should be developed to reduce human-risks in space. In this paper, we study the motion learning method of an IVA space robot with the multi-link mechanism. The advantage point is that this space robot moves using reaction force of the multi-link mechanism and contact forces from the wall as space walking of an astronaut, not to use a propulsion. The control approach is determined based on a reinforcement learning with the actor-critic algorithm. We demonstrate to clear effectiveness of this approach using a 5-link space robot model by simulation. First, we simulate that a space robot learn the motion control including contact phase in two dimensional case. Next, we simulate that a space robot learn the motion control changing base attitude in three dimensional case.

  6. Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robotics Using "Lego Mindstorms" NXT

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    Akin, H. Levent; Meriçli, Çetin; Meriçli, Tekin

    2013-01-01

    Teaching the fundamentals of robotics to computer science undergraduates requires designing a well-balanced curriculum that is complemented with hands-on applications on a platform that allows rapid construction of complex robots, and implementation of sophisticated algorithms. This paper describes such an elective introductory course where the…

  7. Vision Assisted Laser Scanner Navigation for Autonomous Robots

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    Andersen, Jens Christian; Andersen, Nils Axel; Ravn, Ole

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes a navigation method based on road detection using both a laser scanner and a vision sensor. The method is to classify the surface in front of the robot into traversable segments (road) and obstacles using the laser scanner, this classifies the area just in front of the robot (2...

  8. Self-sufficiency of an autonomous reconfigurable modular robotic organism

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    Qadir, Raja Humza

    2015-01-01

    This book describes how the principle of self-sufficiency can be applied to a reconfigurable modular robotic organism. It shows the design considerations for a novel REPLICATOR robotic platform, both hardware and software, featuring the behavioral characteristics of social insect colonies. Following a comprehensive overview of some of the bio-inspired techniques already available, and of the state-of-the-art in re-configurable modular robotic systems, the book presents a novel power management system with fault-tolerant energy sharing, as well as its implementation in the REPLICATOR robotic modules. In addition, the book discusses, for the first time, the concept of “artificial energy homeostasis” in the context of a modular robotic organism, and shows its verification on a custom-designed simulation framework in different dynamic power distribution and fault tolerance scenarios. This book offers an ideal reference guide for both hardware engineers and software developers involved in the design and implem...

  9. Autonomous Mobile Robot Navigation Using Harmonic Potential Field

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    Panati, Subbash; Baasandorj, Bayanjargal; Chong, Kil To

    2015-05-01

    Mobile robot navigation has been an area of robotics which has gained massive attention among the researchers of robotics community. Path planning and obstacle avoidance are the key aspects of mobile robot navigation. This paper presents harmonic potential field based navigation algorithm for mobile robots. Harmonic potential field method overcomes the issue of local minima which was a major bottleneck in the case of artificial potential field method. The harmonic potential field is calculated using harmonic functions and Dirichlet boundary conditions are used for the obstacles, goal and initial position. The simulation results shows that the proposed method is able to overcome the local minima issue and navigate successfully from initial position to the goal without colliding into obstacles in static environment.

  10. Design, Implementation, and Cooperative Coevolution of an Autonomous/ Teleoperated Control System for a Serpentine Robotic Manipulator

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    Sofge, Donald A

    2007-01-01

    Design, implementation, and machine learning issues associated with developing a control system for a serpentine robotic manipulator are explored. The controller developed provides autonomous control of the serpentine robotic manipulatorduring operation of the manipulator within an enclosed environment such as an underground storage tank. The controller algorithms make use of both low-level joint angle control employing force/position feedback constraints, and high-level coordinated control of end-effector positioning. This approach has resulted in both high-level full robotic control and low-level telerobotic control modes, and provides a high level of dexterity for the operator.

  11. Modular neural network and classical reinforcement learning for autonomous robot navigation: inhibiting undesirable behaviors

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    Antonelo, Eric; Baerveldt, Albert-Jan; Rögnvaldsson, Thorsteinn; Figueiredo, Mauricio

    2006-01-01

    Classical reinforcement learning mechanisms and a modular neural network are unified for conceiving an intelligent autonomous system for mobile robot navigation. The conception aims at inhibiting two common navigation deficiencies: generation of unsuitable cyclic trajectories and ineffectiveness in risky configurations. Distinct design apparatuses are considered for tackling these navigation difficulties, for instance: 1) neuron parameter for memorizing neuron activities (also functioning as ...

  12. A game-theoretic formulation of the homogeneous self-reconfiguration problem

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    Pickem, Daniel

    2015-12-15

    In this paper we formulate the homogeneous two- and three-dimensional self-reconfiguration problem over discrete grids as a constrained potential game. We develop a game-theoretic learning algorithm based on the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm that solves the self-reconfiguration problem in a globally optimal fashion. Both a centralized and a fully decentralized algorithm are presented and we show that the only stochastically stable state is the potential function maximizer, i.e. the desired target configuration. These algorithms compute transition probabilities in such a way that even though each agent acts in a self-interested way, the overall collective goal of self-reconfiguration is achieved. Simulation results confirm the feasibility of our approach and show convergence to desired target configurations.

  13. SELF-RECONFIGURATION OF UNDERACTUATED REDUNDANT MANIPULATORS WITH OPTIMIZING THE FLEXIBILITY ELLIPSOID

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    He Guangping; Lu Zhen

    2005-01-01

    The multi-modes feature, the measure of the manipulating flexibility, and self-reconfiguration control method of the underactuated redundant manipulators are investigated based on the optimizing technology. The relationship between the configuration of the joint space and the manipulating flexibility of the underactuated redundant manipulator is analyzed, a new measure of manipulating flexibility ellipsoid for the underactuated redundant manipulator with passive joints in locked mode is proposed, which can be used to get the optimal configuration for the realization of the self-reconfiguration control. Furthermore, a time-varying nonlinear control method based on harmonic inputs is suggested for fulfilling the self-reconfiguration. A simulation example of a three-DOFs underactuated manipulator with one passive joint features some aspects of the investigations.

  14. Integrated Control Strategies Supporting Autonomous Functionalities in Mobile Robots

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    Brandon Sights

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available High-level intelligence allows a mobile robot to create and interpret complex world models, but without a precise control system, the accuracy of the world model and the robot's ability to interact with its surroundings are greatly diminished. This problem is amplified when the environment is hostile, such as in a battlefield situation where an error in movement or a slow response may lead to destruction of the robot. As the presence of robots on the battlefield continues to escalate and the trend toward relieving the human of the low-level control burden advances, the ability to combine the functionalities of several critical control systems on a single platform becomes imperative.

  15. Detection of Water Hazards for Autonomous Robotic Vehicles

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    Matthes, Larry; Belluta, Paolo; McHenry, Michael

    2006-01-01

    Four methods of detection of bodies of water are under development as means to enable autonomous robotic ground vehicles to avoid water hazards when traversing off-road terrain. The methods involve processing of digitized outputs of optoelectronic sensors aboard the vehicles. It is planned to implement these methods in hardware and software that would operate in conjunction with the hardware and software for navigation and for avoidance of solid terrain obstacles and hazards. The first method, intended for use during the day, is based on the observation that, under most off-road conditions, reflections of sky from water are easily discriminated from the adjacent terrain by their color and brightness, regardless of the weather and of the state of surface waves on the water. Accordingly, this method involves collection of color imagery by a video camera and processing of the image data by an algorithm that classifies each pixel as soil, water, or vegetation according to its color and brightness values (see figure). Among the issues that arise is the fact that in the presence of reflections of objects on the opposite shore, it is difficult to distinguish water by color and brightness alone. Another issue is that once a body of water has been identified by means of color and brightness, its boundary must be mapped for use in navigation. Techniques for addressing these issues are under investigation. The second method, which is not limited by time of day, is based on the observation that ladar returns from bodies of water are usually too weak to be detected. In this method, ladar scans of the terrain are analyzed for returns and the absence thereof. In appropriate regions, the presence of water can be inferred from the absence of returns. Under some conditions in which reflections from the bottom are detectable, ladar returns could, in principle, be used to determine depth. The third method involves the recognition of bodies of water as dark areas in short

  16. Monocular SLAM for Autonomous Robots with Enhanced Features Initialization

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    Edmundo Guerra; Rodrigo Munguia; Antoni Grau

    2014-01-01

    This work presents a variant approach to the monocular SLAM problem focused in exploiting the advantages of a human-robot interaction (HRI) framework. Based upon the delayed inverse-depth feature initialization SLAM (DI-D SLAM), a known monocular technique, several but crucial modifications are introduced taking advantage of data from a secondary monocular sensor, assuming that this second camera is worn by a human. The human explores an unknown environment with the robot, and when their fiel...

  17. A Feature Based Navigation System for an Autonomous Underwater Robot

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    Folkesson, John; Leederkerken, Jacques; Williams, Rob; Patrikalakis, Andrew; Leonard, John,

    2008-01-01

    International audience We present a system for autonomous underwater navigation as implemented on a Nekton Ranger autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV. This is one of the first implementations of a practical application for simultaneous localization and mapping on an AUV. Besides being an application of real-time SLAM, the implemtation demonstrates a novel data fusion solution where data from 7 sources are fused at different time scales in 5 separate estimators. By modularizing the data fusi...

  18. Remote Sensing of Radiation Dose Rate by Customizing an Autonomous Robot

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    Distribution of radiation dose was measured by customizing an autonomous cleaning robot 'Roomba' and a scintillation counter. The robot was used as a vehicle carrying the scintillation survey meter, and was additionally equipped with an H8 micro computer to remote-control the vehicle and to send measured data. The data obtained were arranged with position data, and then the distribution map of the radiation dose rate was produced. Manual, programmed and autonomous driving tests were conducted, and all performances were verified. That is, for each operational mode, the measurements both with moving and with discrete moving were tried in and outside of a room. Consequently, it has been confirmed that remote sensing of radiation dose rate is possible by customizing a robot on market.

  19. An Adaptive Memory Model for Long-Term Navigation of Autonomous Mobile Robots

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    M. Hentschel

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces an environmental representation for autonomous mobile robots that continuously adapts over time. The presented approach is inspired by human memory information processing and stores the current as well as past knowledge of the environment. In this paper, the memory model is applied to time-variant information about obstacles and driveable routes in the workspace of the autonomous robot and used for solving the navigation cycle of the robot. This includes localization and path planning as well as vehicle control. The presented approach is evaluated in a real-world experiment within changing indoor environment. The results show that the environmental representation is stable, improves its quality over time, and adapts to changes.

  20. Emergence of Cooperative Behavior based on Learning and Evolution in Collective Autonomous Mobile Robots

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    Jun, H.B.; Sim, K.B. [Chungang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-12-01

    In this paper, we propose a behavior learning algorithm of the collective autonomous mobile robots based on the reinforcement learning and conditional evolution. The cooperative behavior is a high level phenomenon observed in the society of social animals and, recently the emergence of cooperative behavior in collective autonomous mobile robots becomes an interesting field in artificial life. In our system each robot with simple behavior strategies can adapt to its environment by means of the reinforcement learning. The internal reinforcement signal for the reinforcement learning is generated by fuzzy interference engine, and dynamic recurrent neural networks are used as an action generation module. We propose conditional evolution for the emergence of cooperative behavior. The evolutionary conditions are spatio-temporal limitations to the occurrence of genetic operations. We show the validity of the proposed learning and evolutionary algorithm through several computer simulations. (author). 22 refs., 9 figs.

  1. Development of an Interactive Augmented Environment and Its Application to Autonomous Learning for Quadruped Robots

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    Kobayashi, Hayato; Osaki, Tsugutoyo; Okuyama, Tetsuro; Gramm, Joshua; Ishino, Akira; Shinohara, Ayumi

    This paper describes an interactive experimental environment for autonomous soccer robots, which is a soccer field augmented by utilizing camera input and projector output. This environment, in a sense, plays an intermediate role between simulated environments and real environments. We can simulate some parts of real environments, e.g., real objects such as robots or a ball, and reflect simulated data into the real environments, e.g., to visualize the positions on the field, so as to create a situation that allows easy debugging of robot programs. The significant point compared with analogous work is that virtual objects are touchable in this system owing to projectors. We also show the portable version of our system that does not require ceiling cameras. As an application in the augmented environment, we address the learning of goalie strategies on real quadruped robots in penalty kicks. We make our robots utilize virtual balls in order to perform only quadruped locomotion in real environments, which is quite difficult to simulate accurately. Our robots autonomously learn and acquire more beneficial strategies without human intervention in our augmented environment than those in a fully simulated environment.

  2. Autonomous Navigation Motion Control of Mobile Robots using Hybrid System Control Method

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    Lee, Y.M. [Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Seoul (Korea); Lim, M.S. [Kyonggi Institute of Technology, Shihung (Korea); Lim, J.H. [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea)

    2002-05-01

    This paper presents a framework of hybrid dynamic control systems for the motion control of wheeled mobile robot systems with nonholonomic constraints. The hybrid control system has the 3-layered hierarchical structure: digital automata for the higher process, mobile robot system for the lower process, and the interface as the interaction process between the continuous dynamics and the discrete dynamics. In the hybrid control architecture of mobile robot, the continuous dynamics of mobile robots are modeled by the switched systems. The abstract model and digital automata for the motion control are developed. In high level, the discrete states are defined by using the sensor-based search windows and the reference motions of a mobile robot in low level are specified in the abstracted motions. The mobile robots can perform both the motion planning and autonomous maneuvering with obstacle avoidance in indoor navigation problem. Simulation and experimental results show that hybrid system approach is an effective method for the autonomous maneuvering in indoor environments. (author). 13 refs., 13 figs., 1 tab.

  3. A traffic priority language for collision-free navigation of autonomous mobile robots in dynamic environments.

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    Bourbakis, N G

    1997-01-01

    This paper presents a generic traffic priority language, called KYKLOFORTA, used by autonomous robots for collision-free navigation in a dynamic unknown or known navigation space. In a previous work by X. Grossmman (1988), a set of traffic control rules was developed for the navigation of the robots on the lines of a two-dimensional (2-D) grid and a control center coordinated and synchronized their movements. In this work, the robots are considered autonomous: they are moving anywhere and in any direction inside the free space, and there is no need of a central control to coordinate and synchronize them. The requirements for each robot are i) visual perception, ii) range sensors, and iii) the ability of each robot to detect other moving objects in the same free navigation space, define the other objects perceived size, their velocity and their directions. Based on these assumptions, a traffic priority language is needed for each robot, making it able to decide during the navigation and avoid possible collision with other moving objects. The traffic priority language proposed here is based on a set of primitive traffic priority alphabet and rules which compose pattern of corridors for the application of the traffic priority rules.

  4. Evaluation of a Home Biomonitoring Autonomous Mobile Robot

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    Dorronzoro Zubiete, Enrique; Nakahata, Keigo; Imamoglu, Nevrez; Sekine, Masashi; Sun, Guanghao; Gomez, Isabel; Yu, Wenwei

    2016-01-01

    Increasing population age demands more services in healthcare domain. It has been shown that mobile robots could be a potential solution to home biomonitoring for the elderly. Through our previous studies, a mobile robot system that is able to track a subject and identify his daily living activities has been developed. However, the system has not been tested in any home living scenarios. In this study we did a series of experiments to investigate the accuracy of activity recognition of the mobile robot in a home living scenario. The daily activities tested in the evaluation experiment include watching TV and sleeping. A dataset recorded by a distributed distance-measuring sensor network was used as a reference to the activity recognition results. It was shown that the accuracy is not consistent for all the activities; that is, mobile robot could achieve a high success rate in some activities but a poor success rate in others. It was found that the observation position of the mobile robot and subject surroundings have high impact on the accuracy of the activity recognition, due to the variability of the home living daily activities and their transitional process. The possibility of improvement of recognition accuracy has been shown too. PMID:27212940

  5. Evaluation of a Home Biomonitoring Autonomous Mobile Robot

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    Enrique Dorronzoro Zubiete

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Increasing population age demands more services in healthcare domain. It has been shown that mobile robots could be a potential solution to home biomonitoring for the elderly. Through our previous studies, a mobile robot system that is able to track a subject and identify his daily living activities has been developed. However, the system has not been tested in any home living scenarios. In this study we did a series of experiments to investigate the accuracy of activity recognition of the mobile robot in a home living scenario. The daily activities tested in the evaluation experiment include watching TV and sleeping. A dataset recorded by a distributed distance-measuring sensor network was used as a reference to the activity recognition results. It was shown that the accuracy is not consistent for all the activities; that is, mobile robot could achieve a high success rate in some activities but a poor success rate in others. It was found that the observation position of the mobile robot and subject surroundings have high impact on the accuracy of the activity recognition, due to the variability of the home living daily activities and their transitional process. The possibility of improvement of recognition accuracy has been shown too.

  6. An autonomous mobil robot to perform waste drum inspections

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    A mobile robot is being developed by the Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC) Robotics Group of Westinghouse Savannah River company (WSRC) to perform mandated inspections of waste drums stored in warehouse facilities. The system will reduce personnel exposure and create accurate, high quality documentation to ensure regulatory compliance. Development work is being coordinated among several DOE, academic and commercial entities in accordance with DOE's technology transfer initiative. The prototype system was demonstrated in November of 1993. A system is now being developed for field trails at the Fernald site

  7. Modelling and Scheduling Autonomous Mobile Robot for a Real-World Industrial Application

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    Dang, Vinh Quang; Nielsen, Izabela Ewa; Bøgh, Simon;

    2013-01-01

    The paper deals with a real-world implementation of autonomous industrial mobile robot performing an industrial application at a factory of a pump manufacturer. In the implementation, the multi-criteria optimization problem of scheduling tasks of a mobile robot is also taken into account. The paper...... proposes an approach composing of: a mobile robot system design (“Little Helper”), an appropriate and comprehensive industrial application (multiple-part feeding tasks), an implementation concept for industrial environments (the bartender concept), and a real-time heuristics integrated into Mission...... Planning and Control software to schedule the mobile robot in the industrial application. Results from the real-world implementation show that “Little Helper” is capable of successfully serving four part feeders in three production cells within a given planning horizon using the best schedule generated...

  8. Obstacle avoidance test using a sensor-based autonomous robotic system

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    From a viewpoint of reducing personnel radiation exposure of plant staffs working in the high radiation area of nuclear facilities, it is often said to be necessary to develop remote robotic systems, which have great potential of performing various tasks in nuclear facilities. Hence, we developed an advanced remote robotic system, consisting of redundant manipulator and environment-sensing systems, which can be applied to complicated handling tasks under unstructured environment. In the robotic system, various types of sensors for environment-sensing are mounted on the redundant manipulator and sensor-based autonomous capabilities are incorporated. This report describes the results of autonomous obstacle avoidance test which was carried out as follows: manipulating valves at the rear-side of wall, through a narrow window of the wall, with the redundant manipulator mounted on an x-axis driving mechanism. From this test, it is confirmed that the developed robotic system can autonomously achieve handling tasks in limited space as avoiding obstacles, which is supposed to be difficult by a non-redundant manipulator. (author)

  9. Design of a Remote-controlled and GPS-guided Autonomous Robot for Precision Farming

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    İlker Ünal

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Determining variations in fields is important for precision farming applications. Precision farming is used to determine, analyse, and manage factors such as temporal and spatial variability to obtain maximum profit, sustainability, and environmental protection. However, precision farming is excessively dependent on soil and plant test processes. Furthermore, test processes are time-consuming, laborious and expensive. These processes also cannot be performed quickly by humans. For these reasons, autonomous robots should be designed and developed for the detection of field variations and variable-rate applications. In this study, a remote-controlled and GPS-guided autonomous robot was designed and developed, which can be controlled via the 3G internet and is suitable for image-processing applications. The joystick is used to manually remotely control the robot movements in any direction or speed. Real-time video transmission to the remote computer can be accomplished with a camera placed on the vehicle. Navigation software was developed for steering the robot autonomously. In the results of the field test for the navigation software, it was found that the linear target point precision ranged from 10 to 12 cm and the distributed target point precision ranged from 15 to 17 cm.

  10. Automatic tracking of laparoscopic instruments for autonomous control of a cameraman robot.

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    Amini Khoiy, Keyvan; Mirbagheri, Alireza; Farahmand, Farzam

    2016-06-01

    Background An automated instrument tracking procedure was designed and developed for autonomous control of a cameraman robot during laparoscopic surgery. Material and methods The procedure was based on an innovative marker-free segmentation algorithm for detecting the tip of the surgical instruments in laparoscopic images. A compound measure of Saturation and Value components of HSV color space was incorporated that was enhanced further using the Hue component and some essential characteristics of the instrument segment, e.g., crossing the image boundaries. The procedure was then integrated into the controlling system of the RoboLens cameraman robot, within a triple-thread parallel processing scheme, such that the tip is always kept at the center of the image. Results Assessment of the performance of the system on prerecorded real surgery movies revealed an accuracy rate of 97% for high quality images and about 80% for those suffering from poor lighting and/or blood, water and smoke noises. A reasonably satisfying performance was also observed when employing the system for autonomous control of the robot in a laparoscopic surgery phantom, with a mean time delay of 200ms. Conclusion It was concluded that with further developments, the proposed procedure can provide a practical solution for autonomous control of cameraman robots during laparoscopic surgery operations. PMID:26872883

  11. AltiVec performance increases for autonomous robotics for the MARSSCAPE architecture program

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    Gothard, Benny M.

    2002-02-01

    One of the main tall poles that must be overcome to develop a fully autonomous vehicle is the inability of the computer to understand its surrounding environment to a level that is required for the intended task. The military mission scenario requires a robot to interact in a complex, unstructured, dynamic environment. Reference A High Fidelity Multi-Sensor Scene Understanding System for Autonomous Navigation The Mobile Autonomous Robot Software Self Composing Adaptive Programming Environment (MarsScape) perception research addresses three aspects of the problem; sensor system design, processing architectures, and algorithm enhancements. A prototype perception system has been demonstrated on robotic High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle and All Terrain Vehicle testbeds. This paper addresses the tall pole of processing requirements and the performance improvements based on the selected MarsScape Processing Architecture. The processor chosen is the Motorola Altivec-G4 Power PC(PPC) (1998 Motorola, Inc.), a highly parallized commercial Single Instruction Multiple Data processor. Both derived perception benchmarks and actual perception subsystems code will be benchmarked and compared against previous Demo II-Semi-autonomous Surrogate Vehicle processing architectures along with desktop Personal Computers(PC). Performance gains are highlighted with progress to date, and lessons learned and future directions are described.

  12. Localization Using Magnetic Patterns for Autonomous Mobile Robot

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    Won Suk You

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present a method of localization using magnetic landmarks. With this method, it is possible to compensate the pose error (xe, ye, θe of a mobile robot correctly and localize its current position on a global coordinate system on the surface of a structured environment with magnetic landmarks. A set of four magnetic bars forms total six different patterns of landmarks and these patterns can be read by the mobile robot with magnetic hall sensors. A sequential motion strategy for a mobile robot is proposed to find the geometric center of magnetic landmarks by reading the nonlinear magnetic field.The mobile robot first moves into the center region of the landmark where it can read the magnetic pattern, after which tracking and global localization can be easily achieved by recognizing the patterns of neighboring landmarks. Experimental results show the effectiveness of the sequential motion strategy for estimating the center of the first encountered landmark as well as the performance of tracking and global localization of the proposed system.

  13. Exploring Robotics and Autonomous Capabilities with Dr. George Bekey

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    2010-01-01

    A captivated audience of NPS students, faculty and staff attended a lecture on Autonomous Systems, presented by George Bekey, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California, and the Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Engineering at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

  14. Low power and self-reconfigurable WBAN controller for continuous bio-signal monitoring system

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    Lee, S.; Yoo, H.J.

    2013-01-01

    The WBAN controller with Branched Bus (BB) topology and Continuous Data Transmission (CDT) protocol with low power consumption and self- reconfigurability is proposed for wearable healthcare applications. The BB topology and CDT protocol is a combination of conventional Bus and Star topology and a v

  15. R-MASTIF: robotic mobile autonomous system for threat interrogation and object fetch

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    Das, Aveek; Thakur, Dinesh; Keller, James; Kuthirummal, Sujit; Kira, Zsolt; Pivtoraiko, Mihail

    2013-01-01

    Autonomous robotic "fetch" operation, where a robot is shown a novel object and then asked to locate it in the field, re- trieve it and bring it back to the human operator, is a challenging problem that is of interest to the military. The CANINE competition presented a forum for several research teams to tackle this challenge using state of the art in robotics technol- ogy. The SRI-UPenn team fielded a modified Segway RMP 200 robot with multiple cameras and lidars. We implemented a unique computer vision based approach for textureless colored object training and detection to robustly locate previ- ously unseen objects out to 15 meters on moderately flat terrain. We integrated SRI's state of the art Visual Odometry for GPS-denied localization on our robot platform. We also designed a unique scooping mechanism which allowed retrieval of up to basketball sized objects with a reciprocating four-bar linkage mechanism. Further, all software, including a novel target localization and exploration algorithm was developed using ROS (Robot Operating System) which is open source and well adopted by the robotics community. We present a description of the system, our key technical contributions and experimental results.

  16. Exploration of Teisi Knoll by Autonomous Underwater Vehicle "R-One Robot"

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    Ura, Tamaki; Obara, Takashi; Nagahashi, Kenji; Nakane, Kenji; Sakai, Shoji; Oyabu, Yuji; Sakamaki, Takashi; Takagawa, Shinichi; Kawano, Hiroshi; Gamo, Toshitaka; Takano, Michiaki; Doi, Takashi

    This paper outlines the exploration of Teisi Knoll by the autonomous underwater vehicle the R-One Robot, as carried out October 19-22, 2000, and presents images taken by the sidescan SONAR fitted to the bottom of the vehicle. The R-One Robot was launched from the R/V Kaiyo, started diving near the support ship, followed predetermined tracklines which were defined by waypoints, and finally came back to the destination where it was recovered by the support vessel. In order to minimize positioning error, which is determined by the inertial navigation system and Doppler SONAR, the robot ascended to the surface several times to ascertain its precise position using the global positioning system, the antenna of which is fitted on the vertical fin. Taking advantage of this positioning system, the robot followed the predetermined tracklines with an error of less than 40 meters in 30 minutes of continuous submerging. Disturbance to the robot is small enough compared to towed vehicles that its movement can be regarded as stable. This stability resulted in clear side scanning images of the knoll and surrounding sea floor. The robot stopped at the center of the knoll, and descended vertically into the crater. When the vehicle was in the crater, anomalous manganese ion concentrations were detected by the in situ trace metal micro-analyzer GAMOS, which was loaded in the payload bay at the front of the robot.

  17. Kinematics modeling and simulation of an autonomous omni-directional mobile robot

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    Daniel Garcia Sillas

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Although robotics has progressed to the extent that it has become relatively accessible with low-cost projects, there is still a need to create models that accurately represent the physical behavior of a robot. Creating a completely virtual platform allows us to test behavior algorithms such as those implemented using artificial intelligence, and additionally, it enables us to find potential problems in the physical design of the robot. The present work describes a methodology for the construction of a kinematic model and a simulation of the autonomous robot, specifically of an omni-directional wheeled robot. This paper presents the kinematic model development and its implementation using several tools. The result is a model that follows the kinematics of a triangular omni-directional mobile wheeled robot, which is then tested by using a 3D model imported from 3D Studio® and Matlab® for the simulation. The environment used for the experiment is very close to the real environment and reflects the kinematic characteristics of the robot.

  18. Hybrid Kalman Filter/Fuzzy Logic based Position Control of Autonomous Mobile Robot

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    Nitin Afzulpurkar

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes position control of autonomous mobile robot using combination of Kalman filter and Fuzzy logic techniques. Both techniques have been used to fuse information from internal and external sensors to navigate a typical mobile robot in an unknown environment. An obstacle avoidance algorithm utilizing stereo vision technique has been implemented for obstacle detection. The odometry errors due to systematic-errors (such as unequal wheel diameter, the effect of the encoder resolution etc. and/or non-systematic errors (ground plane, wheel-slip etc. contribute to various motion control problems of the robot. During the robot moves, whether straight-line and/or arc, create the position and orientation errors which depend on systematic and/or non-systematic odometry errors. The main concern in most of the navigating systems is to achieve the real-time and robustness performances to precisely control the robot movements. The objective of this research is to improve the position and the orientation of robot motion. From the simulation and experiments, we prove that the proposed mobile robot moves from start position to goal position with greater accuracy avoiding obstacles.

  19. Welding torch trajectory generation for hull joining using autonomous welding mobile robot

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    Hascoet, J. Y.; Hamilton, K.; Carabin, G.; Rauch, M.; Alonso, M.; Ares, E.

    2012-04-01

    Shipbuilding processes involve highly dangerous manual welding operations. Welding of ship hulls presents a hazardous environment for workers. This paper describes a new robotic system, developed by the SHIPWELD consortium, that moves autonomously on the hull and automatically executes the required welding processes. Specific focus is placed on the trajectory control of such a system and forms the basis for the discussion in this paper. It includes a description of the robotic hardware design as well as some methodology used to establish the torch trajectory control.

  20. Autonomous navigation vehicle system based on robot vision and multi-sensor fusion

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    Wu, Lihong; Chen, Yingsong; Cui, Zhouping

    2011-12-01

    The architecture of autonomous navigation vehicle based on robot vision and multi-sensor fusion technology is expatiated in this paper. In order to acquire more intelligence and robustness, accurate real-time collection and processing of information are realized by using this technology. The method to achieve robot vision and multi-sensor fusion is discussed in detail. The results simulated in several operating modes show that this intelligent vehicle has better effects in barrier identification and avoidance and path planning. And this can provide higher reliability during vehicle running.

  1. Controlling omni-directional Wheels of a MSL RoboCup autonomous mobile robot

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    Ribeiro, António Fernando; Moutinho, Ivo; Silva, Pedro; Fraga, Carlos; Pereira, Nino

    2004-01-01

    Autonomous Mobile Locomotion is of extreme importance in RoboCup robots. Even though in 2050 the robotic team will very likely use legs rather than wheels, at the moment all teams on middle size league use wheels to overcome other problems first. Most teams are using two driving wheels (with one or two cast wheels), four driving wheels and even three driving wheels. The Minho team has been using two driving wheels for the last 5 years (with two caster wheels), but for reaction speed optimi...

  2. Temporal Memory Reinforcement Learning for the Autonomous Micro-mobile Robot Based-behavior

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    Yang Yujun(杨玉君); Cheng Junshi; Chen Jiapin; Li Xiaohai

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents temporal memory reinforcement learning for the autonomous micro-mobile robot based-behavior. Human being has a memory oblivion process, i.e. the earlier to memorize, the earlier to forget, only the repeated thing can be remembered firmly. Enlightening forms this, and the robot need not memorize all the past states, at the same time economizes the EMS memory space, which is not enough in the MPU of our AMRobot. The proposed algorithm is an extension of the Q-learning, which is an incremental reinforcement learning method. The results of simulation have shown that the algorithm is valid.

  3. A ToF-camera as a 3D Vision Sensor for Autonomous Mobile Robotics

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    Sobers Lourdu Xavier Francis; Sreenatha G. Anavatti; Matthew Garratt; Hyunbgo Shim

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to deploy a time-of-flight (ToF) based photonic mixer device (PMD) camera on an Autonomous Ground Vehicle (AGV) whose overall target is to traverse from one point to another in hazardous and hostile environments employing obstacle avoidance without human intervention. The hypothesized approach of applying a ToF Camera for an AGV is a suitable approach to autonomous robotics because, as the ToF camera can provide three-dimensional (3D) information at a low computationa...

  4. Fuzzy Logic Based Control for Autonomous Mobile Robot Navigation

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    Masmoudi, Mohamed Slim; Masmoudi, Mohamed

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes the design and the implementation of a trajectory tracking controller using fuzzy logic for mobile robot to navigate in indoor environments. Most of the previous works used two independent controllers for navigation and avoiding obstacles. The main contribution of the paper can be summarized in the fact that we use only one fuzzy controller for navigation and obstacle avoidance. The used mobile robot is equipped with DC motor, nine infrared range (IR) sensors to measure the distance to obstacles, and two optical encoders to provide the actual position and speeds. To evaluate the performances of the intelligent navigation algorithms, different trajectories are used and simulated using MATLAB software and SIMIAM navigation platform. Simulation results show the performances of the intelligent navigation algorithms in terms of simulation times and travelled path. PMID:27688748

  5. Multisensor robotic system for autonomous space maintenance and repair

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    Abidi, M. A.; Green, W. L.; Chandra, T.; Spears, J.

    1988-01-01

    The feasibility of realistic autonomous space manipulation tasks using multisensory information is demonstrated. The system is capable of acquiring, integrating, and interpreting multisensory data to locate, mate, and demate a Fluid Interchange System (FIS) and a Module Interchange System (MIS). In both cases, autonomous location of a guiding light target, mating, and demating of the system are performed. Implemented visio-driven techniques are used to determine the arbitrary two-dimensional position and orientation of the mating elements as well as the arbitrary three-dimensional position and orientation of the light targets. A force/torque sensor continuously monitors the six components of force and torque exerted on the end-effector. Both FIS and MIS experiments were successfully accomplished on mock-ups built for this purpose. The method is immune to variations in the ambient light, in particular because of the 90-minute day-night shift in space.

  6. Depth Estimation for Autonomous Robot Navigation: A Comparative Approach

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    Diamantas, Sotirios; Oikonomidis, Anastasios; Crowder, Richard

    2010-01-01

    Depth estimation has long been a fundamental problem both in robotics science and in computer vision. Various methods have been developed and implemented in a large number of applications. Despite the rapid progress in the field the last few years, computation remains a significant issue of the methods employed. In this work, we have implemented two different strategies for inferring depth, both of which are computationally efficient. The first one is inspired by biology, that is optical flow...

  7. Autonomous navigation system for mobile robots of inspection; Sistema de navegacion autonoma para robots moviles de inspeccion

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    Angulo S, P. [ITT, Metepec, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Segovia de los Rios, A. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)]. e-mail: pedrynteam@hotmail.com

    2005-07-01

    One of the goals in robotics is the human personnel's protection that work in dangerous areas or of difficult access, such it is the case of the nuclear industry where exist areas that, for their own nature, they are inaccessible for the human personnel, such as areas with high radiation level or high temperatures; it is in these cases where it is indispensable the use of an inspection system that is able to carry out a sampling of the area in order to determine if this areas can be accessible for the human personnel. In this situation it is possible to use an inspection system based on a mobile robot, of preference of autonomous navigation, for the realization of such inspection avoiding by this way the human personnel's exposure. The present work proposes a model of autonomous navigation for a mobile robot Pioneer 2-D Xe based on the algorithm of wall following using the paradigm of fuzzy logic. (Author)

  8. Lighter than Air Robots Guidance and Control of Autonomous Airships

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    Bestaoui Sebbane, Yasmina

    2012-01-01

    An aerial robot is a system capable of sustained flight with no direct human control and able to perform a specific task. A lighter than air robot is an aerial robot that relies on the static lift to balance its own weight. It can also be defined as a lighter than air unmanned aerial vehicle or an unmanned airship with sufficient autonomy. Lighter than air systems are particularly appealing since the energy to keep them airborne is small. They are increasingly considered for various tasks such as monitoring, surveillance, advertising, freight carrier, transportation. This book familiarizes readers with a hierarchical decoupled planning and control strategy that has been proven efficient through research. It is made up of a hierarchy of modules with well defined functions operating at a variety of rates, linked together from top to bottom. The outer loop, closed periodically, consists of a discrete search that produces a set of waypoints leading to the goal while avoiding obstacles and weighed regions. The sec...

  9. Path tracking control of autonomous agricultural mobile robots

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    2007-01-01

    In a tractor automatic navigation system, path planning plays a significant role in improving operation efficiency. This study aims to create a suboptimal reference course for headland turning of a robot tractor and design a path-tracking controller to guide the robot tractor along the reference course. A time-minimum suboptimal control method was used to generate the reference turning course based on the mechanical parameters of the test tractor. A path-tracking controller consisting of both feedforward and feedback component elements was also proposed. The feedforward component was directly determined by the desired steering angle of the current navigation point on the reference course, whereas the feedback component was derived from the designed optimal controller. Computer simulation and field tests were performed to validate the path-tracking performance. Field test results indicated that the robot tractor followed the reference courses precisely on flat meadow, with average and standard lateral deviations being 0.031 m and 0.086 m, respectively. However, the tracking error increased while operating on sloping meadow due to the employed vehicle kinematic model.

  10. Efficient Kinect Sensor-Based Reactive Path Planning Method for Autonomous Mobile Robots in Dynamic Environments

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    Tuvshinjargal, Doopalam; Lee, Deok Jin [Kunsan National University, Gunsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-06-15

    In this paper, an efficient dynamic reactive motion planning method for an autonomous vehicle in a dynamic environment is proposed. The purpose of the proposed method is to improve the robustness of autonomous robot motion planning capabilities within dynamic, uncertain environments by integrating a virtual plane-based reactive motion planning technique with a sensor fusion-based obstacle detection approach. The dynamic reactive motion planning method assumes a local observer in the virtual plane, which allows the effective transformation of complex dynamic planning problems into simple stationary ones proving the speed and orientation information between the robot and obstacles. In addition, the sensor fusion-based obstacle detection technique allows the pose estimation of moving obstacles using a Kinect sensor and sonar sensors, thus improving the accuracy and robustness of the reactive motion planning approach. The performance of the proposed method was demonstrated through not only simulation studies but also field experiments using multiple moving obstacles in hostile dynamic environments.

  11. Road network modeling in open source GIS to manage the navigation of autonomous robots

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    Mangiameli, Michele; Muscato, Giovanni; Mussumeci, Giuseppe

    2013-10-01

    The autonomous navigation of a robot can be accomplished through the assignment of a sequence of waypoints previously identified in the territory to be explored. In general, the starting point is a vector graph of the network consisting of possible paths. The vector graph can be directly available in the case of actual road networks, or it can be modeled, i.e. on the basis of cartographic supports or, even better, of a digital terrain model (DTM). In this paper we present software procedures developed in Grass-GIS, PostGIS and QGIS environments to identify, model, and visualize a road graph and to extract and normalize sequence of waypoints which can be transferred to a robot for its autonomous navigation.

  12. A real-time distributed software infrastructure for cooperating mobile autonomous robots

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    Frederico Santos; Luis Almeida; Paulo Pedreiras; Luis Seabra Lopes

    2009-01-01

    Cooperating mobile autonomous robots have been generating a growing interest in fields such as rescue, demining and security. These applications require a real time middleware and wireless communication protocol that can effecient and timely support the fusion of the distributed perception and the development of coordinated behaviors. This paper proposes an affordable middleware, based on low-cost and open-source COTS technologies, which relies on a real-time database partially replicated in ...

  13. Safety verification of a fault tolerant reconfigurable autonomous goal-based robotic control system

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    Braman, Julia M. B.; Murray, Richard M.; Wagner, David A.

    2007-01-01

    Fault tolerance and safety verification of control systems are essential for the success of autonomous robotic systems. A control architecture called Mission Data System (MDS), developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, takes a goal-based control approach. In this paper, a method for converting goal network control programs into linear hybrid systems is developed. The linear hybrid system can then be verified for safety in the presence of failures using existing symbo...

  14. Automated Analysis of Behavioural Variability and Filial Imprinting of Chicks (G. gallus), using Autonomous Robots

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    Gribovskiy, A.; Mondada, F.; Deneubourg, J. L.; Cazenille, L.; Bredeche, N.; Halloy, J.

    2015-01-01

    Inter-individual variability has various impacts in animal social behaviour. This implies that not only collective behaviours have to be studied but also the behavioural variability of each member composing the groups. To understand those effects on group behaviour, we develop a quantitative methodology based on automated ethograms and autonomous robots to study the inter-individual variability among social animals. We choose chicks of \\textit{Gallus gallus domesticus} as a classic social ani...

  15. Vers des robots collaboratifs autonomes sûrs de fonctionnement

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    Guiochet, Jérémie

    2015-01-01

    This manuscript of HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, french accreditation to supervise research) presents research work of Jérémie Guiochet carried out at LAAS-CNRS in the Dependable computing and Fault Tolerance (TSF) team. His research work is mainly related to the dependability of collaborative autonomous robotic systems. Specific challenges raised by these systems, including human-system physical interactions and the presence of uncertainties in the perception and decision mecha...

  16. Design of a prototype autonomous amphibious WHEGS robot for surf-zone operations

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    Ward, Jason L.

    2005-01-01

    The Small Robot Initiative at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) has spent several years in development based on the Foster Miller lemmings platform. This platform, in conjunction with a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) control architecture, is capable of autonomous, land based waypoint navigation, self orientation, and rudimentary obstacle avoidance. It can receive waypoint information, manual control input, and transmit video and audio information back to a control station via 802.11 wirel...

  17. Modelling and controlling of behaviour for autonomous mobile robots

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    Skubch, Hendrik

    2012-01-01

    As research progresses, it enables multi-robot systems to be used in more and more complex and dynamic scenarios. Hence, the question arises how different modelling and reasoning paradigms can be utilised to describe the intended behaviour of a team and execute it in a robust and adaptive manner. Hendrik Skubch presents a solution, ALICA (A Language for Interactive Cooperative Agents) which combines modelling techniques drawn from different paradigms in an integrative fashion. Hierarchies of finite state machines are used to structure the behaviour of the team such that temporal and causal re

  18. Laser range finder model for autonomous navigation of a robot in a maize field using a particle filter

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    Hiremath, S.A.; Heijden, van der G.W.A.M.; Evert, van F.K.; Stein, A.; Braak, ter C.J.F.

    2014-01-01

    Autonomous navigation of robots in an agricultural environment is a difficult task due to the inherent uncertainty in the environment. Many existing agricultural robots use computer vision and other sensors to supplement Global Positioning System (GPS) data when navigating. Vision based methods are

  19. Autonomous undulatory serpentine locomotion utilizing body dynamics of a fluidic soft robot.

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    Onal, Cagdas D; Rus, Daniela

    2013-06-01

    Soft robotics offers the unique promise of creating inherently safe and adaptive systems. These systems bring man-made machines closer to the natural capabilities of biological systems. An important requirement to enable self-contained soft mobile robots is an on-board power source. In this paper, we present an approach to create a bio-inspired soft robotic snake that can undulate in a similar way to its biological counterpart using pressure for actuation power, without human intervention. With this approach, we develop an autonomous soft snake robot with on-board actuation, power, computation and control capabilities. The robot consists of four bidirectional fluidic elastomer actuators in series to create a traveling curvature wave from head to tail along its body. Passive wheels between segments generate the necessary frictional anisotropy for forward locomotion. It takes 14 h to build the soft robotic snake, which can attain an average locomotion speed of 19 mm s(-1). PMID:23524383

  20. Monocular SLAM for autonomous robots with enhanced features initialization.

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    Guerra, Edmundo; Munguia, Rodrigo; Grau, Antoni

    2014-01-01

    This work presents a variant approach to the monocular SLAM problem focused in exploiting the advantages of a human-robot interaction (HRI) framework. Based upon the delayed inverse-depth feature initialization SLAM (DI-D SLAM), a known monocular technique, several but crucial modifications are introduced taking advantage of data from a secondary monocular sensor, assuming that this second camera is worn by a human. The human explores an unknown environment with the robot, and when their fields of view coincide, the cameras are considered a pseudo-calibrated stereo rig to produce estimations for depth through parallax. These depth estimations are used to solve a related problem with DI-D monocular SLAM, namely, the requirement of a metric scale initialization through known artificial landmarks. The same process is used to improve the performance of the technique when introducing new landmarks into the map. The convenience of the approach taken to the stereo estimation, based on SURF features matching, is discussed. Experimental validation is provided through results from real data with results showing the improvements in terms of more features correctly initialized, with reduced uncertainty, thus reducing scale and orientation drift. Additional discussion in terms of how a real-time implementation could take advantage of this approach is provided. PMID:24699284

  1. Monocular SLAM for Autonomous Robots with Enhanced Features Initialization

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    Edmundo Guerra

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This work presents a variant approach to the monocular SLAM problem focused in exploiting the advantages of a human-robot interaction (HRI framework. Based upon the delayed inverse-depth feature initialization SLAM (DI-D SLAM, a known monocular technique, several but crucial modifications are introduced taking advantage of data from a secondary monocular sensor, assuming that this second camera is worn by a human. The human explores an unknown environment with the robot, and when their fields of view coincide, the cameras are considered a pseudo-calibrated stereo rig to produce estimations for depth through parallax. These depth estimations are used to solve a related problem with DI-D monocular SLAM, namely, the requirement of a metric scale initialization through known artificial landmarks. The same process is used to improve the performance of the technique when introducing new landmarks into the map. The convenience of the approach taken to the stereo estimation, based on SURF features matching, is discussed. Experimental validation is provided through results from real data with results showing the improvements in terms of more features correctly initialized, with reduced uncertainty, thus reducing scale and orientation drift. Additional discussion in terms of how a real-time implementation could take advantage of this approach is provided.

  2. Adaptive Control for Autonomous Navigation of Mobile Robots Considering Time Delay and Uncertainty

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    Armah, Stephen Kofi

    Autonomous control of mobile robots has attracted considerable attention of researchers in the areas of robotics and autonomous systems during the past decades. One of the goals in the field of mobile robotics is development of platforms that robustly operate in given, partially unknown, or unpredictable environments and offer desired services to humans. Autonomous mobile robots need to be equipped with effective, robust and/or adaptive, navigation control systems. In spite of enormous reported work on autonomous navigation control systems for mobile robots, achieving the goal above is still an open problem. Robustness and reliability of the controlled system can always be improved. The fundamental issues affecting the stability of the control systems include the undesired nonlinear effects introduced by actuator saturation, time delay in the controlled system, and uncertainty in the model. This research work develops robustly stabilizing control systems by investigating and addressing such nonlinear effects through analytical, simulations, and experiments. The control systems are designed to meet specified transient and steady-state specifications. The systems used for this research are ground (Dr Robot X80SV) and aerial (Parrot AR.Drone 2.0) mobile robots. Firstly, an effective autonomous navigation control system is developed for X80SV using logic control by combining 'go-to-goal', 'avoid-obstacle', and 'follow-wall' controllers. A MATLAB robot simulator is developed to implement this control algorithm and experiments are conducted in a typical office environment. The next stage of the research develops an autonomous position (x, y, and z) and attitude (roll, pitch, and yaw) controllers for a quadrotor, and PD-feedback control is used to achieve stabilization. The quadrotor's nonlinear dynamics and kinematics are implemented using MATLAB S-function to generate the state output. Secondly, the white-box and black-box approaches are used to obtain a linearized

  3. Effectiveness of social behaviors for autonomous wheelchair robot to support elderly people in Japan.

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    Shiomi, Masahiro; Iio, Takamasa; Kamei, Koji; Sharma, Chandraprakash; Hagita, Norihiro

    2015-01-01

    We developed a wheelchair robot to support the movement of elderly people and specifically implemented two functions to enhance their intention to use it: speaking behavior to convey place/location related information and speed adjustment based on individual preferences. Our study examines how the evaluations of our wheelchair robot differ when compared with human caregivers and a conventional autonomous wheelchair without the two proposed functions in a moving support context. 28 senior citizens participated in the experiment to evaluate three different conditions. Our measurements consisted of questionnaire items and the coding of free-style interview results. Our experimental results revealed that elderly people evaluated our wheelchair robot higher than the wheelchair without the two functions and the human caregivers for some items. PMID:25993038

  4. The investigation of an autonomous intelligent mobile robot system for indoor environment navigation

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    2001-01-01

    The autonomous mobile robotics system designed and implemented for indoor environment navigation is a nonholonomic differential drive system with two driving wheels mounted on the same axis driven by two PID controlled motors and two caster wheels mounted in the front and back respectively. It is furnished with multiple kinds of sensors such as IR detectors, ultrasonic sensors, laser line generators and cameras, constituting a per ceiving system for exploring its surroundings. Its computation source is a simultaneously running system com posed of multiprocessor with multitask and multiprocessing programming. Hybrid control architecture is em ployed on the mobile robot to perform complex tasks. The mobile robot system is implemented at the Center for Intelligent Design, Automation and Manufacturing of City University of Hong Kong.

  5. Effectiveness of social behaviors for autonomous wheelchair robot to support elderly people in Japan.

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    Shiomi, Masahiro; Iio, Takamasa; Kamei, Koji; Sharma, Chandraprakash; Hagita, Norihiro

    2015-01-01

    We developed a wheelchair robot to support the movement of elderly people and specifically implemented two functions to enhance their intention to use it: speaking behavior to convey place/location related information and speed adjustment based on individual preferences. Our study examines how the evaluations of our wheelchair robot differ when compared with human caregivers and a conventional autonomous wheelchair without the two proposed functions in a moving support context. 28 senior citizens participated in the experiment to evaluate three different conditions. Our measurements consisted of questionnaire items and the coding of free-style interview results. Our experimental results revealed that elderly people evaluated our wheelchair robot higher than the wheelchair without the two functions and the human caregivers for some items.

  6. A control structure for the autonomous locomotion on rough terrain with a hexapod robot

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    Chen Fu; Zang Xizhe; Yan Jihong; Zhao Jie

    2010-01-01

    A motion control structure used for autonomous walking on uneven terrain with a hexapod biomimetic robot is proposed based on function-behavior-integration.In the gait planning level, a set of local rules operating between adjacent legs were put forward and the theory of finite state machine was employed to model them; further, a distributed network of local rules was constructed to adaptively adjust the fluctuation of inter-leg phase sequence.While in the leg-end trajectory planning level, combined polynomial curve was adopted to generate foot trajectory, which could realize real-time control of robot posture and accommodation to terrain conditions.In the simulation experiments, adaptive regulation of inter-leg phase sequence, omnidirectional locomotion and ground accommodation were realized, moreover, statically stable free gait was obtained simultaneously, which provided hexapod robot with the capability of walking on slightly irregular terrain reliably and expeditiously.

  7. Effectiveness of social behaviors for autonomous wheelchair robot to support elderly people in Japan.

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    Masahiro Shiomi

    Full Text Available We developed a wheelchair robot to support the movement of elderly people and specifically implemented two functions to enhance their intention to use it: speaking behavior to convey place/location related information and speed adjustment based on individual preferences. Our study examines how the evaluations of our wheelchair robot differ when compared with human caregivers and a conventional autonomous wheelchair without the two proposed functions in a moving support context. 28 senior citizens participated in the experiment to evaluate three different conditions. Our measurements consisted of questionnaire items and the coding of free-style interview results. Our experimental results revealed that elderly people evaluated our wheelchair robot higher than the wheelchair without the two functions and the human caregivers for some items.

  8. On the development a pneumatic four-legged mechanism autonomous vertical wall climbing robot

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    The paper describes the design of a prototype legged mechanism together with suction mechanism, the mechanical design, on-board controller and an initial performance test. The design is implemented in the form of a pneumatically powered multi-legged robot equipped with suction pads at the sole of the feet for wall climbing purpose. The whole mechanism and suction system is controlled by controller which is housed on-board the robot. The gait of the motion depended on the logic control patterns as dictated by the controller. The robot is equipped with sensors both at the front and rear ends that function as an obstacle avoidance facility. Once objects are detected, signals are sent to the controller to start an evasive action that is to move in the opposite direction. The mechanism has been tested and initial results have shown promising potential for an autonomous mobile. (Author)

  9. Incremental inverse kinematics based vision servo for autonomous robotic capture of non-cooperative space debris

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    Dong, Gangqi; Zhu, Z. H.

    2016-04-01

    This paper proposed a new incremental inverse kinematics based vision servo approach for robotic manipulators to capture a non-cooperative target autonomously. The target's pose and motion are estimated by a vision system using integrated photogrammetry and EKF algorithm. Based on the estimated pose and motion of the target, the instantaneous desired position of the end-effector is predicted by inverse kinematics and the robotic manipulator is moved incrementally from its current configuration subject to the joint speed limits. This approach effectively eliminates the multiple solutions in the inverse kinematics and increases the robustness of the control algorithm. The proposed approach is validated by a hardware-in-the-loop simulation, where the pose and motion of the non-cooperative target is estimated by a real vision system. The simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed estimation approach for the target and the incremental control strategy for the robotic manipulator.

  10. Command and Control Architectures for Autonomous Micro-Robotic Forces - FY-2000 Project Report

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    Dudenhoeffer, Donald Dean

    2001-04-01

    Advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and micro-technologies will soon give rise to production of large-scale forces of autonomous micro-robots with systems of innate behaviors and with capabilities of self-organization and real world tasking. Such organizations have been compared to schools of fish, flocks of birds, herds of animals, swarms of insects, and military squadrons. While these systems are envisioned as maintaining a high degree of autonomy, it is important to understand the relationship of man with such machines. In moving from research studies to the practical deployment of large-scale numbers of robots, one of critical pieces that must be explored is the command and control architecture for humans to re-task and also inject global knowledge, experience, and intuition into the force. Tele-operation should not be the goal, but rather a level of adjustable autonomy and high-level control. If a herd of sheep is comparable to the collective of robots, then the human element is comparable to the shepherd pulling in strays and guiding the herd in the direction of greener pastures. This report addresses the issues and development of command and control for largescale numbers of autonomous robots deployed as a collective force.

  11. Self Reconfigurable Wireless Networks With Dsdv Protocol Implementation

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    K. Muthulakshmi

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In multi hop wireless networks experience frequent link failures caused by channel interference, dynamic obstacles, and/or applications’ bandwidth demands. These failures cause severe performance degradation in wireless networks or require expensive manual network management for their real-time recovery. This paper presents an autonomous network reconfiguration system (ARS with destination sequence distance vector (DSDV protocol that enables a multi radio Wireless network to autonomously recover from local link failures to preserve network performance. By using channel and radio diversities in Wireless networks, ARS generates necessary changes in local radio and channel assignments in order to recover from failures. Next, based on the thus-generated configuration changes, the system cooperatively reconfigures network settings among local mesh router. In this concept during the data transmission if the link fails in between the nodes, the previous node act as the header node. The header node, creating the loop around the neighboring nodes and find the energy efficient path, after finding the path send the data’s towards it to reach the destination. Because of this there is no chance for data losing, Here ARS has been implemented and evaluated extensively on through ns2-based simulation. Our evaluation results show that ARS outperforms existing failure recovery schemes in improving channel-efficiency .

  12. Emergence of Leadership in a Group of Autonomous Robots.

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    Francesco Pugliese

    Full Text Available In this paper we examine the factors contributing to the emergence of leadership in a group, and we explore the relationship between the role of the leader and the behavioural capabilities of other individuals. We use a simulation technique where a group of foraging robots must coordinate to choose between two identical food zones in order to forage collectively. Behavioural and quantitative analysis indicate that a form of leadership emerges, and that groups with a leader are more effective than groups without. Moreover, we show that the most skilled individuals in a group tend to be the ones that assume a leadership role, supporting biological findings. Further analysis reveals the emergence of different "styles" of leadership (active and passive.

  13. Emergence of Leadership in a Group of Autonomous Robots.

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    Pugliese, Francesco; Acerbi, Alberto; Marocco, Davide

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we examine the factors contributing to the emergence of leadership in a group, and we explore the relationship between the role of the leader and the behavioural capabilities of other individuals. We use a simulation technique where a group of foraging robots must coordinate to choose between two identical food zones in order to forage collectively. Behavioural and quantitative analysis indicate that a form of leadership emerges, and that groups with a leader are more effective than groups without. Moreover, we show that the most skilled individuals in a group tend to be the ones that assume a leadership role, supporting biological findings. Further analysis reveals the emergence of different "styles" of leadership (active and passive). PMID:26340449

  14. Apprentissage de nouveaux comportements: vers le développement épigénétique d'un robot autonome.

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    Lagarde, Matthieu; Gaussier, Philippe; Andry, Pierre

    2010-01-01

    The problem of learning behaviors on an autonomous robot raises many issues related to motor control, behavior encoding, behavioral strategies and action selection. Using a developmental approach is of particular interest in the context of autonomous robotics. The behavior of the robot is based on low level mechanisms that together can make more complex behaviors emerge. Moreover, the robot has no a priori information about its own physical characteristics or on its environment, it must learn...

  15. Practical, redundant, failure-tolerant, self-reconfiguring embedded system architecture

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    Klarer, Paul R.; Hayward, David R.; Amai, Wendy A.

    2006-10-03

    This invention relates to system architectures, specifically failure-tolerant and self-reconfiguring embedded system architectures. The invention provides both a method and architecture for redundancy. There can be redundancy in both software and hardware for multiple levels of redundancy. The invention provides a self-reconfiguring architecture for activating redundant modules whenever other modules fail. The architecture comprises: a communication backbone connected to two or more processors and software modules running on each of the processors. Each software module runs on one processor and resides on one or more of the other processors to be available as a backup module in the event of failure. Each module and backup module reports its status over the communication backbone. If a primary module does not report, its backup module takes over its function. If the primary module becomes available again, the backup module returns to its backup status.

  16. Cartographie 3D et localisation par vision monoculaire pour la navignation autonome d'un robot mobile

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    Royer, Eric

    2006-01-01

    This thesis presents the realization of a localization system for a mobile robot relying on monocular vision. The aim of this project is to be able to make a robot follow a path in autonomous navigation in an urban environment. First, the robot is driven manually. During this learning step, the on board camera records a video sequence. After an off-line processing step, an image taken with the same hardware allows to compute the pose of the robot in real-time. This localization can be used to...

  17. Investigation and development of visual analysis and environment description systems for autonomous manipulative robots

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    This article describes how hardware and software facilities developed for the analysis and description of the environment of autonomous manipulative robots are being used in the development of practical technical vision systems for robots manipulating industrial parts in partially organized environments and with arbitrary three-dimensional scenes. Topics considered include a prototype image input device (IID), an active description system for a limited range of components, and the development of systems for the visual analysis and description of arbitrary three-dimensional scenes consisting of objects of admissible classes (a universal filter for processing brightness and depth images, the representation of a contour image by straight line segments using a Bell approximation, approximation of a collection of points of a depth image by quadratic surfaces)

  18. Automatic detection and classification of obstacles with applications in autonomous mobile robots

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    Ponomaryov, Volodymyr I.; Rosas-Miranda, Dario I.

    2016-04-01

    Hardware implementation of an automatic detection and classification of objects that can represent an obstacle for an autonomous mobile robot using stereo vision algorithms is presented. We propose and evaluate a new method to detect and classify objects for a mobile robot in outdoor conditions. This method is divided in two parts, the first one is the object detection step based on the distance from the objects to the camera and a BLOB analysis. The second part is the classification step that is based on visuals primitives and a SVM classifier. The proposed method is performed in GPU in order to reduce the processing time values. This is performed with help of hardware based on multi-core processors and GPU platform, using a NVIDIA R GeForce R GT640 graphic card and Matlab over a PC with Windows 10.

  19. Localization of Non-Linearly Modeled Autonomous Mobile Robots Using Out-of-Sequence Measurements

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a state of the art of the estimation algorithms dealing with Out-of-Sequence (OOS measurements for non-linearly modeled systems. The state of the art includes a critical analysis of the algorithm properties that takes into account the applicability of these techniques to autonomous mobile robot navigation based on the fusion of the measurements provided, delayed and OOS, by multiple sensors. Besides, it shows a representative example of the use of one of the most computationally efficient approaches in the localization module of the control software of a real robot (which has non-linear dynamics, and linear and non-linear sensors and compares its performance against other approaches. The simulated results obtained with the selected OOS algorithm shows the computational requirements that each sensor of the robot imposes to it. The real experiments show how the inclusion of the selected OOS algorithm in the control software lets the robot successfully navigate in spite of receiving many OOS measurements. Finally, the comparison highlights that not only is the selected OOS algorithm among the best performing ones of the comparison, but it also has the lowest computational and memory cost.

  20. Localization of non-linearly modeled autonomous mobile robots using out-of-sequence measurements.

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    Besada-Portas, Eva; Lopez-Orozco, Jose A; Lanillos, Pablo; de la Cruz, Jesus M

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a state of the art of the estimation algorithms dealing with Out-of-Sequence (OOS) measurements for non-linearly modeled systems. The state of the art includes a critical analysis of the algorithm properties that takes into account the applicability of these techniques to autonomous mobile robot navigation based on the fusion of the measurements provided, delayed and OOS, by multiple sensors. Besides, it shows a representative example of the use of one of the most computationally efficient approaches in the localization module of the control software of a real robot (which has non-linear dynamics, and linear and non-linear sensors) and compares its performance against other approaches. The simulated results obtained with the selected OOS algorithm shows the computational requirements that each sensor of the robot imposes to it. The real experiments show how the inclusion of the selected OOS algorithm in the control software lets the robot successfully navigate in spite of receiving many OOS measurements. Finally, the comparison highlights that not only is the selected OOS algorithm among the best performing ones of the comparison, but it also has the lowest computational and memory cost.

  1. Autonomous robotic capture of non-cooperative target by adaptive extended Kalman filter based visual servo

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    Dong, Gangqi; Zhu, Zheng H.

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents a real-time, vision-based algorithm for the pose and motion estimation of non-cooperative targets and its application in visual servo robotic manipulator to perform autonomous capture. A hybrid approach of adaptive extended Kalman filter and photogrammetry is developed for the real-time pose and motion estimation of non-cooperative targets. Based on the pose and motion estimates, the desired pose and trajectory of end-effector is defined and the corresponding desired joint angles of the robotic manipulator are derived by inverse kinematics. A close-loop visual servo control scheme is then developed for the robotic manipulator to track, approach and capture the target. Validating experiments are designed and performed on a custom-built six degrees of freedom robotic manipulator with an eye-in-hand configuration. The experimental results demonstrate the feasibility, effectiveness and robustness of the proposed adaptive extended Kalman filter enabled pose and motion estimation and visual servo strategy.

  2. Optical 3D laser measurement system for navigation of autonomous mobile robot

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    Básaca-Preciado, Luis C.; Sergiyenko, Oleg Yu.; Rodríguez-Quinonez, Julio C.; García, Xochitl; Tyrsa, Vera V.; Rivas-Lopez, Moises; Hernandez-Balbuena, Daniel; Mercorelli, Paolo; Podrygalo, Mikhail; Gurko, Alexander; Tabakova, Irina; Starostenko, Oleg

    2014-03-01

    In our current research, we are developing a practical autonomous mobile robot navigation system which is capable of performing obstacle avoiding task on an unknown environment. Therefore, in this paper, we propose a robot navigation system which works using a high accuracy localization scheme by dynamic triangulation. Our two main ideas are (1) integration of two principal systems, 3D laser scanning technical vision system (TVS) and mobile robot (MR) navigation system. (2) Novel MR navigation scheme, which allows benefiting from all advantages of precise triangulation localization of the obstacles, mostly over known camera oriented vision systems. For practical use, mobile robots are required to continue their tasks with safety and high accuracy on temporary occlusion condition. Presented in this work, prototype II of TVS is significantly improved over prototype I of our previous publications in the aspects of laser rays alignment, parasitic torque decrease and friction reduction of moving parts. The kinematic model of the MR used in this work is designed considering the optimal data acquisition from the TVS with the main goal of obtaining in real time, the necessary values for the kinematic model of the MR immediately during the calculation of obstacles based on the TVS data.

  3. Autonomous global sky monitoring with real-time robotic follow-up

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    Vestrand, W Thomas [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Davis, H [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Wren, J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Wozniak, P [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Norman, B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; White, R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bloch, J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Fenimore, E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hodge, Barry [AFRL; Jah, Moriba [AFRL; Rast, Richard [AFRL

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    We discuss the development of prototypes for a global grid of advanced 'thinking' sky sentinels and robotic follow-up telescopes that observe the full night sky to provide real-time monitoring of the night sky by autonomously recognizing anomalous behavior, selecting targets for detailed investigation, and making real-time anomaly detection to enable rapid recognition and a swift response to transients as they emerge. This T3 global EO grid avoids the limitations imposed by geography and weather to provide persistent monitoring of the night sky.

  4. Navigation of Autonomous Mobile Robot under Decision-making Strategy tuned by Genetic Algorithm

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    Wang, Fei; Kamano, Takuya; Yasuno, Takashi; Suzuki, Takayuki; Harada, Hironobu

    This paper describes a novel application of genetic algorithm for navigation of an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) under unknown environments. In the navigation system, the AMR is controlled by the decision-making block, which consists of neural network. To achieve both successful navigation to the goal and the suitable obstacle avoidance, the connection weights of the neural network and speed gains for predefined actions are encoded as genotypes and are tuned simultaneously by genetic algorithm so that the static and dynamic danger-degrees, the energy consumption and the distance and direction errors decrease during the navigation. Experimental results demonstrate the validity of the proposed navigation system.

  5. Concepts of the Internet of Things from the Aspect of the Autonomous Mobile Robots

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The Internet of Things (IoT is slowly gaining grounds and through the properties of barcodes, QR codes, RFID, active sensors and IPv6, objects are fitted with some form of readability and traceability. People are becoming part of digital global network driven by personal interests. The feeling being part of a community and the constant drive of getting connected from real life finds it continuation in digital networks. This article investigates the concepts of the internet of things from the aspect of the autonomous mobile robots with an overview of the performances of the currently available database systems.

  6. Implementation of Obstacle-Avoidance Control for an Autonomous Omni-Directional Mobile Robot Based on Extension Theory

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    Yi-Chung Lai

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper demonstrates a following robot with omni-directional wheels, which is able to take action to avoid obstacles. The robot design is based on both fuzzy and extension theory. Fuzzy theory was applied to tune the PMW signal of the motor revolution, and correct path deviation issues encountered when the robot is moving. Extension theory was used to build a robot obstacle-avoidance model. Various mobile models were developed to handle different types of obstacles. The ultrasonic distance sensors mounted on the robot were used to estimate the distance to obstacles. If an obstacle is encountered, the correlation function is evaluated and the robot avoids the obstacle autonomously using the most appropriate mode. The effectiveness of the proposed approach was verified through several tracking experiments, which demonstrates the feasibility of a fuzzy path tracker as well as the extensible collision avoidance system.

  7. Implementation of obstacle-avoidance control for an autonomous omni-directional mobile robot based on extension theory.

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    Pai, Neng-Sheng; Hsieh, Hung-Hui; Lai, Yi-Chung

    2012-10-16

    The paper demonstrates a following robot with omni-directional wheels, which is able to take action to avoid obstacles. The robot design is based on both fuzzy and extension theory. Fuzzy theory was applied to tune the PMW signal of the motor revolution, and correct path deviation issues encountered when the robot is moving. Extension theory was used to build a robot obstacle-avoidance model. Various mobile models were developed to handle different types of obstacles. The ultrasonic distance sensors mounted on the robot were used to estimate the distance to obstacles. If an obstacle is encountered, the correlation function is evaluated and the robot avoids the obstacle autonomously using the most appropriate mode. The effectiveness of the proposed approach was verified through several tracking experiments, which demonstrates the feasibility of a fuzzy path tracker as well as the extensible collision avoidance system.

  8. Umgebungserfassungssystem fuer mobile Roboter (environment logging system for mobile autonomous robots)

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    Hesselbach, Dirk

    2012-01-01

    This diploma thesis describes the theoretical bases, the conception of the module and the final result of the development process in application. for the environment logging with a small mobile robot for interiors should be sketched an economical alternative to the expensive laser scanners. the structure, color or the material of the objects in the radius of action, as well as the environment brightness and illuminating are to have thereby no influence on the results of measurement.

  9. Low power and self-reconfigurable WBAN controller for continuous bio-signal monitoring system.

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    Lee, Seulki; Yoo, Hoi-Jun

    2013-04-01

    The WBAN controller with Branched Bus (BB) topology and Continuous Data Transmission (CDT) protocol with low power consumption and self-reconfigurability is proposed for wearable healthcare applications. The BB topology and CDT protocol is a combination of conventional Bus and Star topology and a variation from TDMA protocol, respectively, while they are able to compensate for the electrical fault in bio-signal monitoring system caused by the electrode deformation. Thanks to them, the proposed WBAN controller enables more reliable operation in continuous bio-signal monitoring applications such as sleep monitoring.

  10. Design and simulation of a motion controller for a wheeled mobile-robot autonomous navigation

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    Alhaj Ali, Souma M.; Hall, Ernest L.

    2005-10-01

    This paper describes the development of PD, PID Computed-Torque (CT), and a PD digital motion controller for the autonomous navigation of a Wheeled Mobile Robot (WMR) in outdoor environments. The controllers select the suitable control torques, so that the WMR follows the desired path produced from a navigation algorithm described in a previous paper. PD CT, PID CT, and PD digital controllers were developed using a linear system design procedure to select the feedback control signal that stabilizes the tracking error equation. The torques needed for the motors were computed by using the inverse of the dynamic equation for the WMR. Simulation software was developed to simulate the performance and efficiency of the controllers. Simulation results verified the effectiveness of the controllers under different motion trajectories, comparing the performance of the three controllers shows that the PD digital controller was the best where the tracking error did not exceed .05 using 20 msec sample period. The significance of this work lies in the development of CT and digital controllers for WMR navigation, instead of robot manipulators. These CT controllers will facilitate the use of WMRs in many applications including defense, industrial, personal, and medical robots.

  11. GNC architecture for autonomous robotic capture of a non-cooperative target: Preliminary concept design

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    Jankovic, Marko; Paul, Jan; Kirchner, Frank

    2016-04-01

    Recent studies of the space debris population in low Earth orbit (LEO) have concluded that certain regions have already reached a critical density of objects. This will eventually lead to a cascading process called the Kessler syndrome. The time may have come to seriously consider active debris removal (ADR) missions as the only viable way of preserving the space environment for future generations. Among all objects in the current environment, the SL-8 (Kosmos 3M second stages) rocket bodies (R/Bs) are some of the most suitable targets for future robotic ADR missions. However, to date, an autonomous relative navigation to and capture of an non-cooperative target has never been performed. Therefore, there is a need for more advanced, autonomous and modular systems that can cope with uncontrolled, tumbling objects. The guidance, navigation and control (GNC) system is one of the most critical ones. The main objective of this paper is to present a preliminary concept of a modular GNC architecture that should enable a safe and fuel-efficient capture of a known but uncooperative target, such as Kosmos 3M R/B. In particular, the concept was developed having in mind the most critical part of an ADR mission, i.e. close range proximity operations, and state of the art algorithms in the field of autonomous rendezvous and docking. In the end, a brief description of the hardware in the loop (HIL) testing facility is made, foreseen for the practical evaluation of the developed architecture.

  12. Towards Autonomous Inspection of Space Systems Using Mobile Robotic Sensor Platforms

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    Wong, Edmond; Saad, Ashraf; Litt, Jonathan S.

    2007-01-01

    The space transportation systems required to support NASA's Exploration Initiative will demand a high degree of reliability to ensure mission success. This reliability can be realized through autonomous fault/damage detection and repair capabilities. It is crucial that such capabilities are incorporated into these systems since it will be impractical to rely upon Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA), visual inspection or tele-operation due to the costly, labor-intensive and time-consuming nature of these methods. One approach to achieving this capability is through the use of an autonomous inspection system comprised of miniature mobile sensor platforms that will cooperatively perform high confidence inspection of space vehicles and habitats. This paper will discuss the efforts to develop a small scale demonstration test-bed to investigate the feasibility of using autonomous mobile sensor platforms to perform inspection operations. Progress will be discussed in technology areas including: the hardware implementation and demonstration of robotic sensor platforms, the implementation of a hardware test-bed facility, and the investigation of collaborative control algorithms.

  13. Robust Planning for Autonomous Navigation of Mobile Robots in Unstructured, Dynamic Environments: An LDRD Final Report

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    EISLER, G. RICHARD

    2002-08-01

    This report summarizes the analytical and experimental efforts for the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project entitled ''Robust Planning for Autonomous Navigation of Mobile Robots In Unstructured, Dynamic Environments (AutoNav)''. The project goal was to develop an algorithmic-driven, multi-spectral approach to point-to-point navigation characterized by: segmented on-board trajectory planning, self-contained operation without human support for mission duration, and the development of appropriate sensors and algorithms to navigate unattended. The project was partially successful in achieving gains in sensing, path planning, navigation, and guidance. One of three experimental platforms, the Minimalist Autonomous Testbed, used a repetitive sense-and-re-plan combination to demonstrate the majority of elements necessary for autonomous navigation. However, a critical goal for overall success in arbitrary terrain, that of developing a sensor that is able to distinguish true obstacles that need to be avoided as a function of vehicle scale, still needs substantial research to bring to fruition.

  14. Autonomous charging to enable long-endurance missions for small aerial robots

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    Mulgaonkar, Yash; Kumar, Vijay

    2014-06-01

    The past decade has seen an increased interest towards research involving Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs). The predominant reason for this is their agility and ability to perform tasks too difficult or dangerous for their human counterparts and to navigate into places where ground robots cannot reach. Among MAVs, rotary wing aircraft such as quadrotors have the ability to operate in confined spaces, hover at a given point in space and perch1 or land on a flat surface. This makes the quadrotor a very attractive aerial platform giving rise to a myriad of research opportunities. The potential of these aerial platforms is severely limited by the constraints on the flight time due to limited battery capacity. This in turn arises from limits on the payload of these rotorcraft. By automating the battery recharging process, creating autonomous MAVs that can recharge their on-board batteries without any human intervention and by employing a team of such agents, the overall mission time can be greatly increased. This paper describes the development, testing, and implementation of a system of autonomous charging stations for a team of Micro Aerial Vehicles. This system was used to perform fully autonomous long-term multi-agent aerial surveillance experiments with persistent station keeping. The scalability of the algorithm used in the experiments described in this paper was also tested by simulating a persistence surveillance scenario for 10 MAVs and charging stations. Finally, this system was successfully implemented to perform a 9½ hour multi-agent persistent flight test. Preliminary implementation of this charging system in experiments involving construction of cubic structures with quadrotors showed a three-fold increase in effective mission time.

  15. A field robot for autonomous laser-based N2O flux measurements

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    Molstad, Lars; Reent Köster, Jan; Bakken, Lars; Dörsch, Peter; Lien, Torgrim; Overskeid, Øyvind; Utstumo, Trygve; Løvås, Daniel; Brevik, Anders

    2014-05-01

    N2O measurements in multi-plot field trials are usually carried out by chamber-based manual gas sampling and subsequent laboratory-based gas chromatographic N2O determination. Spatial and temporal resolution of these measurements are commonly limited by available manpower. However, high spatial and temporal variability of N2O fluxes within individual field plots can add large uncertainties to time- and area-integrated flux estimates. Detailed mapping of this variability would improve these estimates, as well as help our understanding of the factors causing N2O emissions. An autonomous field robot was developed to increase the sampling frequency and to operate outside normal working hours. The base of this system was designed as an open platform able to carry versatile instrumentation. It consists of an electrically motorized platform powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, which is capable of autonomous navigation by means of a combined high precision real-time kinematic (RTK) GPS and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) system. On this platform an elevator is mounted, carrying a lateral boom with a static chamber on each side of the robot. Each chamber is equipped with a frame of plastic foam to seal the chamber when lowered onto the ground by the elevator. N2O flux from the soil covered by the two chambers is sequentially determined by circulating air between each chamber and a laser spectrometer (DLT-100, Los Gatos Research, Mountain View, CA, USA), which monitors the increase in N2O concentration. The target enclosure time is 1 - 2 minutes, but may be longer when emissions are low. CO2 concentrations are determined by a CO2/H2O gas analyzer (LI-840A, LI-COR Inc., Lincoln, NE, USA). Air temperature and air pressure inside both chambers are continuously monitored and logged. Wind speed and direction are monitored by a 3D sonic anemometer on top of the elevator boom. This autonomous field robot can operate during day and night time, and its working hours are only

  16. Active model-based balancing strategy for self-reconfigurable batteries

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    Bouchhima, Nejmeddine; Schnierle, Marc; Schulte, Sascha; Birke, Kai Peter

    2016-08-01

    This paper describes a novel balancing strategy for self-reconfigurable batteries where the discharge and charge rates of each cell can be controlled. While much effort has been focused on improving the hardware architecture of self-reconfigurable batteries, energy equalization algorithms have not been systematically optimized in terms of maximizing the efficiency of the balancing system. Our approach includes aspects of such optimization theory. We develop a balancing strategy for optimal control of the discharge rate of battery cells. We first formulate the cell balancing as a nonlinear optimal control problem, which is modeled afterward as a network program. Using dynamic programming techniques and MATLAB's vectorization feature, we solve the optimal control problem by generating the optimal battery operation policy for a given drive cycle. The simulation results show that the proposed strategy efficiently balances the cells over the life of the battery, an obvious advantage that is absent in the other conventional approaches. Our algorithm is shown to be robust when tested against different influencing parameters varying over wide spectrum on different drive cycles. Furthermore, due to the little computation time and the proved low sensitivity to the inaccurate power predictions, our strategy can be integrated in a real-time system.

  17. Self-localization for an autonomous mobile robot based on an omni-directional vision system

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    Chiang, Shu-Yin; Lin, Kuang-Yu; Chia, Tsorng-Lin

    2013-12-01

    In this study, we designed an autonomous mobile robot based on the rules of the Federation of International Robotsoccer Association (FIRA) RoboSot category, integrating the techniques of computer vision, real-time image processing, dynamic target tracking, wireless communication, self-localization, motion control, path planning, and control strategy to achieve the contest goal. The self-localization scheme of the mobile robot is based on the algorithms featured in the images from its omni-directional vision system. In previous works, we used the image colors of the field goals as reference points, combining either dual-circle or trilateration positioning of the reference points to achieve selflocalization of the autonomous mobile robot. However, because the image of the game field is easily affected by ambient light, positioning systems exclusively based on color model algorithms cause errors. To reduce environmental effects and achieve the self-localization of the robot, the proposed algorithm is applied in assessing the corners of field lines by using an omni-directional vision system. Particularly in the mid-size league of the RobotCup soccer competition, selflocalization algorithms based on extracting white lines from the soccer field have become increasingly popular. Moreover, white lines are less influenced by light than are the color model of the goals. Therefore, we propose an algorithm that transforms the omni-directional image into an unwrapped transformed image, enhancing the extraction features. The process is described as follows: First, radical scan-lines were used to process omni-directional images, reducing the computational load and improving system efficiency. The lines were radically arranged around the center of the omni-directional camera image, resulting in a shorter computational time compared with the traditional Cartesian coordinate system. However, the omni-directional image is a distorted image, which makes it difficult to recognize the

  18. Construction of Fuzzy Map for Autonomous Mobile Robots Based on Fuzzy Confidence Model

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    Jung-Fu Hou

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the use of fuzzy models to explicitly consider sensor uncertainty and finite resolution in solving the SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping problem for autonomous mobile robots. The approach establishes fuzzy confidence models in describing occupied obstacles and available space. The problem is transformed into an optimization task of minimizing the alignment error between newly scanned local fuzzy maps and selected parts of a developing global fuzzy map. In aligning local fuzzy maps into a global fuzzy map, we developed a prediction strategy to crop the most potential part from the sensed local fuzzy maps to be overlapped with the global fuzzy map. A mobile vehicle equipped with a laser range finder, the Hokuyo URG-04LX, is used to demonstrate the procedure of fuzzy map building. Experimental results show that the proposed architecture is effective in generating a comprehensive global fuzzy map, which is suitable for both human comprehension and path design during real-time navigation.

  19. 自主Robot系统软件%Autonomous Robot System Software

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    赵永滨; 骆云志

    2011-01-01

    Aiming at the complexity of autonomous robot software design, the module design method is proposed. The system architecture design is introduced, and the detailed scheme of perception system and plan and decision system are designed. The experiments verify that the complexity of the system software realized is reduced, and the reusing rate of the code is improved, and the system cost is reduced.%针对自主Robot软件设计的复杂性,提出模块化设计思路.介绍系统体系结构设计,设计感知系统、规划与决策系统的具体方案.结果表明,该设计能降低系统软件实现的复杂度,提高代码的复用率、节省系统开销.

  20. Fast mapping of the local environment of an autonomous mobile robot

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    The construction of a map of the local world for the navigation of an autonomous mobile robot leads to the following problem: how to extract among the sensor data information accurate an reliable enough to plan a path, in a way that enables a reasonable displacement speed. Choice has been made not to tele-operate the vehicle nor to design any custom architecture. So the only way to match the computational cost is to look for the most efficient sensor-algorithms-architecture combination. A good solution is described in this study, using a laser range-finder, a grid model of the world and both SIMD and MIMD parallel processors. A short review of some possible approaches is made first; the mapping algorithms are then described as also the parallel implementations with the corresponding speedup and efficiency factors. (author)

  1. Pseudo-bacterial Potential Field Based Path Planner for Autonomous Mobile Robot Navigation

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    Ulises Orozco-Rosas

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces the pseudo-bacterial potential field (PBPF as a new path planning method for autonomous mobile robot navigation. The PBPF allows us to obtain an optimal and safe path, in contrast to the classical potential field approach which is not suitable for path planning because it lacks a means of obtaining the optimal proportional gains. The PBPF uses the pseudo-bacterial genetic algorithm (PBGA and a fitness function based on the potential field concepts to construct viable paths in dynamical environments to mostly result in the optimal path being obtained. Comparative experiments of sequential and parallel implementations of the PBPF for off-line and online in structured and unstructured conditions are presented; the results are contrasted with the artificial potential field (APF method to demonstrate how the PBPF proposal overcomes the traditional method.

  2. Autonomous trajectory generation for mobile robots with non-holonomic and steering angle constraints

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    Pin, F.G.; Vasseur, H.A.

    1990-01-01

    This paper presents an approach to the trajectory planning of mobile platforms characterized by non-holonomic constraints and constraints on the steering angle and steering angle rate. The approach is based on geometric reasoning and provides deterministic trajectories for all pairs of initial and final configurations (position x, y, and orientation {theta}) of the robot. Furthermore, the method generates trajectories taking into account the forward and reverse mode of motion of the vehicle, or combination of these when complex maneuvering is involved or when the environment is obstructed with obstacles. The trajectory planning algorithm is described, and examples of trajectories generated for a variety of environmental conditions are presented. The generation of the trajectories only takes a few milliseconds of run time on a micro Vax, making the approach quite attractive for use as a real-time motion planner for teleoperated or sensor-based autonomous vehicles in complex environments. 10 refs., 11 figs.

  3. An Improved Chaotic Motion Path Planner for Autonomous Mobile Robots based on a Logistic Map

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    Caihong Li

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a chaotic motion path planner based on a Logistic Map (SCLCP for an autonomous mobile robot to cover an unknown terrain randomly, namely entirely, unpredictably and evenly. The path planner has been improved by arcsine and arccosine transformation. A motion path planner based only on the Logistic Chaotic Map (LCP can show chaotic behaviour, which possesses the chaotic characteristics of topological transitivity and unpredictability, but lacks better evenness. Therefore, the arcsine and arccosine transformations are used to enhance the randomness of LCP. The randomness of the followed path planner, LCP, the improved path planner SCLCP and the commonly used Random Path Planner (RP are discussed and compared under different sets of initial conditions and different iteration rounds. Simulation results confirm that a better evenness index of SCLCP can be obtained with regard to previous works.

  4. A ToF-camera as a 3D Vision Sensor for Autonomous Mobile Robotics

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    Sobers Lourdu Xavier Francis

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to deploy a time-of-flight (ToF based photonic mixer device (PMD camera on an Autonomous Ground Vehicle (AGV whose overall target is to traverse from one point to another in hazardous and hostile environments employing obstacle avoidance without human intervention. The hypothesized approach of applying a ToF Camera for an AGV is a suitable approach to autonomous robotics because, as the ToF camera can provide three-dimensional (3D information at a low computational cost, it is utilized to extract information about obstacles after their calibration and ground testing, and is mounted and integrated with the Pioneer mobile robot. The workspace is a two-dimensional (2D world map which has been divided into a grid/cells, where the collision-free path defined by the graph search algorithm is a sequence of cells the AGV can traverse to reach the target. PMD depth data is used to populate traversable areas and obstacles by representing a grid/cells of suitable size. These camera data are converted into Cartesian coordinates for entry into a workspace grid map. A more optimal camera mounting angle is needed and adopted by analysing the camera’s performance discrepancy, such as pixel detection, the detection rate and the maximum perceived distances, and infrared (IR scattering with respect to the ground surface. This mounting angle is recommended to be half the vertical field-of-view (FoV of the PMD camera. A series of still and moving tests are conducted on the AGV to verify correct sensor operations, which show that the postulated application of the ToF camera in the AGV is not straightforward. Later, to stabilize the moving PMD camera and to detect obstacles, a tracking feature detection algorithm and the scene flow technique are implemented to perform a real-time experiment.

  5. A Monocular Vision Sensor-Based Obstacle Detection Algorithm for Autonomous Robots

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    Lee, Tae-Jae; Yi, Dong-Hoon; Cho, Dong-Il “Dan”

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a monocular vision sensor-based obstacle detection algorithm for autonomous robots. Each individual image pixel at the bottom region of interest is labeled as belonging either to an obstacle or the floor. While conventional methods depend on point tracking for geometric cues for obstacle detection, the proposed algorithm uses the inverse perspective mapping (IPM) method. This method is much more advantageous when the camera is not high off the floor, which makes point tracking near the floor difficult. Markov random field-based obstacle segmentation is then performed using the IPM results and a floor appearance model. Next, the shortest distance between the robot and the obstacle is calculated. The algorithm is tested by applying it to 70 datasets, 20 of which include nonobstacle images where considerable changes in floor appearance occur. The obstacle segmentation accuracies and the distance estimation error are quantitatively analyzed. For obstacle datasets, the segmentation precision and the average distance estimation error of the proposed method are 81.4% and 1.6 cm, respectively, whereas those for a conventional method are 57.5% and 9.9 cm, respectively. For nonobstacle datasets, the proposed method gives 0.0% false positive rates, while the conventional method gives 17.6%. PMID:26938540

  6. Teaching and implementing autonomous robotic lab walkthroughs in a biotech laboratory through model-based visual tracking

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    Wojtczyk, Martin; Panin, Giorgio; Röder, Thorsten; Lenz, Claus; Nair, Suraj; Heidemann, Rüdiger; Goudar, Chetan; Knoll, Alois

    2010-01-01

    After utilizing robots for more than 30 years for classic industrial automation applications, service robots form a constantly increasing market, although the big breakthrough is still awaited. Our approach to service robots was driven by the idea of supporting lab personnel in a biotechnology laboratory. After initial development in Germany, a mobile robot platform extended with an industrial manipulator and the necessary sensors for indoor localization and object manipulation, has been shipped to Bayer HealthCare in Berkeley, CA, USA, a global player in the sector of biopharmaceutical products, located in the San Francisco bay area. The determined goal of the mobile manipulator is to support the off-shift staff to carry out completely autonomous or guided, remote controlled lab walkthroughs, which we implement utilizing a recent development of our computer vision group: OpenTL - an integrated framework for model-based visual tracking.

  7. On the design of neuro-controllers for individual and social learning behaviour in autonomous robots: an evolutionary approach

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    Pini, Giovanni; Tuci, Elio

    2008-06-01

    In biology/psychology, the capability of natural organisms to learn from the observation/interaction with conspecifics is referred to as social learning. Roboticists have recently developed an interest in social learning, since it might represent an effective strategy to enhance the adaptivity of a team of autonomous robots. In this study, we show that a methodological approach based on artifcial neural networks shaped by evolutionary computation techniques can be successfully employed to synthesise the individual and social learning mechanisms for robots required to learn a desired action (i.e. phototaxis or antiphototaxis).

  8. Bio-inspired decision making system for an autonomous social robot: the role of fear

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    Castro González, Álvaro

    2012-01-01

    Robotics is an emergent field which is currently in vogue. In the near future, many researchers anticipate the spread of robots coexisting with humans in the real world. This requires a considerable level of autonomy in robots. Moreover, in order to provide a proper interaction between robots and humans without technical knowledge, these robots must behave according to the social and cultural norms. This results in social robots with cognitive capabilities inspired by biological organisms suc...

  9. Intelligent behavior generator for autonomous mobile robots using planning-based AI decision making and supervisory control logic

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    Shah, Hitesh K.; Bahl, Vikas; Martin, Jason; Flann, Nicholas S.; Moore, Kevin L.

    2002-07-01

    In earlier research the Center for Self-Organizing and Intelligent Systems (CSOIS) at Utah State University (USU) have been funded by the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command's (TACOM) Intelligent Mobility Program to develop and demonstrate enhanced mobility concepts for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). One among the several out growths of this work has been the development of a grammar-based approach to intelligent behavior generation for commanding autonomous robotic vehicles. In this paper we describe the use of this grammar for enabling autonomous behaviors. A supervisory task controller (STC) sequences high-level action commands (taken from the grammar) to be executed by the robot. It takes as input a set of goals and a partial (static) map of the environment and produces, from the grammar, a flexible script (or sequence) of the high-level commands that are to be executed by the robot. The sequence is derived by a planning function that uses a graph-based heuristic search (A* -algorithm). Each action command has specific exit conditions that are evaluated by the STC following each task completion or interruption (in the case of disturbances or new operator requests). Depending on the system's state at task completion or interruption (including updated environmental and robot sensor information), the STC invokes a reactive response. This can include sequencing the pending tasks or initiating a re-planning event, if necessary. Though applicable to a wide variety of autonomous robots, an application of this approach is demonstrated via simulations of ODIS, an omni-directional inspection system developed for security applications.

  10. Evaluation of the autonomic response in healthy subjects during treadmill training with assistance of a robot-driven gait orthosis.

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    Magagnin, Valentina; Porta, Alberto; Fusini, Laura; Licari, Vittorio; Bo, Ivano; Turiel, Maurizio; Molteni, Franco; Cerutti, Sergio; Caiani, Enrico G

    2009-04-01

    Body weight supported treadmill training assisted with a robotic driven gait orthosis is an emerging clinical tool helpful to restore gait in individuals with loss of motor skills. However, the autonomic response during this rehabilitation protocol is not known. The aim of the study was to evaluate the autonomic response during a routine protocol of motor rehabilitation through spectral and symbolic analyses of short-term heart rate variability in a group of 20 healthy subjects (11 men, mean age 25+/-3.8 years). The protocol included the following phases: (1) sitting position; (2) standing position; (3) suspension during subject instrumentation; (4 and 5) robotic-assisted treadmill locomotion at 1.5km/h and 2.5km/h respectively with partial body weight support; (6) standing recovery after exercise. Results showed a significant tachycardia associated with the reduction in variance during the suspended phase of the protocol compared to the sitting position. Spectral analysis did not demonstrate any significant autonomic response during the entire protocol, while symbolic analysis detected an increase in sympathetic modulation during body suspension and an increase of vagal modulation during walking. These results could be used to improve understanding of the cardiovascular effects of rehabilitation in subjects undergoing robotic driven gait orthosis treadmill training.

  11. Modélisation incrémentale et localisation par amers pour la navigation d'un robot mobile autonome en environnement naturel

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    Betge-Brezetz, Stéphane

    1996-01-01

    This thesis deals with natural environment modelling and autonomous mobile robot localisation. The environment, unknown or partially known, is incrementally perceived by the robot with a 3D sensor (laser range finder or stereovision). Application of this work are intervention mobile robotics and planetary exploration. A first part specifies the properties that the environment model should possess and provides a critical analysis of the different representations studied in the litterature. The...

  12. Architecture Design and Optimization of an On-the-Fly Reconfigurable Parallel Robot

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    Finistauri, Allan Daniel; Petz, Brian; Fengfeng,

    2008-01-01

    A novel method for the architecture design of a reconfigurable parallel robot is presented based on common actuation devices. System design techniques are used to classify parallel robot modules and enumeration rules are established to determine the feasible robot architectures. Branch kinematics are developed and a workspace analysis is performed. An optimal design is selected from the remaining discrete robot configurations. The final design is a self-reconfigurable parallel robot that has ...

  13. Evolutionary Autonomous Health Monitoring System (EAHMS) Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — For supporting NASA's Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems Roadmap, we are proposing the "Evolutionary Autonomous Health Monitoring System" (EAHMS) for...

  14. Autonomous Scheduling of the 1.3-meter Robotically Controlled Telescope (RCT)

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    Strolger, Louis-Gregory; Gelderman, Richard; Carini, Michael T.; Davis, Donald R.; Engle, Scott G.; Guinan, Edward F.; McGruder, Charles H., III; Tedesco, Edward F.; Walter, Donald K.

    2011-03-01

    The 1.3-meter telescope at Kitt Peak operates as a fully robotic instrument for optical imaging. An autonomous scheduling algorithm is an essential component of this observatory, and has been designed to manage numerous requests in various imaging modes in a manner similar to how requests are managed at queue-scheduled observatories, but with greater efficiency. Built from the INSGEN list generator and process spawner originally developed for the Berkeley Automatic Imaging Telescope, the RCT scheduler manages and integrates multi-user observations in real time, according to target and exposure information and program-specific constraints (e.g., user assigned priority, moon avoidance, airmass, or temporal constraints), while accounting for instrument limitations, meteorologic conditions, and other technical constraints. The robust system supports time-critical requests, such as with coordinated observations, while also providing short-term (hours) and long-term (days) monitoring capabilities, and one-off observations. We discuss the RCT scheduler, its current decision tree, and future prospects including integration with active partner-share monitoring (which factor into future observation requests) to insure fairness and parity of requests.

  15. Adjustably Autonomous Multi-agent Plan Execution with an Internal Spacecraft Free-Flying Robot Prototype

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    Dorais, Gregory A.; Nicewarner, Keith

    2006-01-01

    We present an multi-agent model-based autonomy architecture with monitoring, planning, diagnosis, and execution elements. We discuss an internal spacecraft free-flying robot prototype controlled by an implementation of this architecture and a ground test facility used for development. In addition, we discuss a simplified environment control life support system for the spacecraft domain also controlled by an implementation of this architecture. We discuss adjustable autonomy and how it applies to this architecture. We describe an interface that provides the user situation awareness of both autonomous systems and enables the user to dynamically edit the plans prior to and during execution as well as control these agents at various levels of autonomy. This interface also permits the agents to query the user or request the user to perform tasks to help achieve the commanded goals. We conclude by describing a scenario where these two agents and a human interact to cooperatively detect, diagnose and recover from a simulated spacecraft fault.

  16. Agent, autonomous

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    Luciani, Annie

    2007-01-01

    The expression autonomous agents, widely used in virtual reality, computer graphics, artificial intelligence and artificial life, corresponds to the simulation of autonomous creatures, virtual (i.e. totally computed by a program), or embodied in a physical envelope, as done in autonomous robots.

  17. The UJI online robot: a distributed architecture for pattern recognition, autonomous grasping and augmented reality

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    Marín Prades, Raúl

    2002-01-01

    The thesis has been developed at the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory of the University Jaume I (Spain). The objectives are focused on the laboratory's interest fields, which are Telerobotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Manipulation, Visual Servoing, and Service Robotics in general.Basically, the work has consisted of designing and implementing a whole vision based robotic system to control an educational robot via web, by using voice commands like "Grasp the object one" or "Grasp the cube". Our...

  18. The VIPER project (Visualization Integration Platform for Exploration Research): a biologically inspired autonomous reconfigurable robotic platform for diverse unstructured environments

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    Schubert, Oliver J.; Tolle, Charles R.

    2004-09-01

    Over the last decade the world has seen numerous autonomous vehicle programs. Wheels and track designs are the basis for many of these vehicles. This is primarily due to four main reasons: a vast preexisting knowledge base for these designs, energy efficiency of power sources, scalability of actuators, and the lack of control systems technologies for handling alternate highly complex distributed systems. Though large efforts seek to improve the mobility of these vehicles, many limitations still exist for these systems within unstructured environments, e.g. limited mobility within industrial and nuclear accident sites where existing plant configurations have been extensively changed. These unstructured operational environments include missions for exploration, reconnaissance, and emergency recovery of objects within reconfigured or collapsed structures, e.g. bombed buildings. More importantly, these environments present a clear and present danger for direct human interactions during the initial phases of recovery operations. Clearly, the current classes of autonomous vehicles are incapable of performing in these environments. Thus the next generation of designs must include highly reconfigurable and flexible autonomous robotic platforms. This new breed of autonomous vehicles will be both highly flexible and environmentally adaptable. Presented in this paper is one of the most successful designs from nature, the snake-eel-worm (SEW). This design implements shape memory alloy (SMA) actuators which allow for scaling of the robotic SEW designs from sub-micron scale to heavy industrial implementations without major conceptual redesigns as required in traditional hydraulic, pneumatic, or motor driven systems. Autonomous vehicles based on the SEW design posses the ability to easily move between air based environments and fluid based environments with limited or no reconfiguration. Under a SEW designed vehicle, one not only achieves vastly improved maneuverability within a

  19. A self-reconfiguring metamorphic nanoinjector for injection into mouse zygotes

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    Aten, Quentin T. [Nexus Spine, LLC, Salt Lake City, Utah 84124 (United States); Jensen, Brian D.; Howell, Larry L. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602 (United States); Burnett, Sandra H. [Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602 (United States)

    2014-05-15

    This paper presents a surface-micromachined microelectromechanical system nanoinjector designed to inject DNA into mouse zygotes which are ≈90 μm in diameter. The proposed injection method requires that an electrically charged, DNA coated lance be inserted into the mouse zygote. The nanoinjector's principal design requirements are (1) it must penetrate the lance into the mouse zygote without tearing the cell membranes and (2) maintain electrical connectivity between the lance and a stationary bond pad. These requirements are satisfied through a two-phase, self-reconfiguring metamorphic mechanism. In the first motion subphase a change-point six-bar mechanism elevates the lance to ≈45 μm above the substrate. In the second motion subphase, a compliant folded-beam suspension allows the lance to translate in-plane at a constant height as it penetrates the cell membranes. The viability of embryos following nanoinjection is presented as a metric for quantifying how well the nanoinjector mechanism fulfills its design requirements of penetrating the zygote without causing membrane damage. Viability studies of nearly 3000 nanoinjections resulted in 71.9% of nanoinjected zygotes progressing to the two-cell stage compared to 79.6% of untreated embryos.

  20. Off-Shore Robotics : Robust and Optimal Solutions for Autonomous Operation

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    From, Pål Johan

    2010-01-01

    The vast majority of research in the field of robotics has over the last few decades shifted from industrial robots—in the sense of robots mounted in a structured environment such as a factory floor—to robots operating in unstructured and harsh environments. Even though industrial robotics has become a mature research field we believe that there is still room for progress and improvement. In fact, we show this through both theoretical advances and experimental results in this thesis. However,...

  1. Conception de structures neuronales pour le contrôle de robots mobiles autonomes

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    Mondada, Francesco; Nicoud, Jean-Daniel

    2008-01-01

    There is a large number of possible applications in the field of mobile robotics: Mail delivery robots, domestic or industrial vacuum cleaners, surveillance robots, demining robots and many others could be very interesting products. Despite this potential market and the actual technology, only few simple systems are commercially available. This proves that there are several important and problematic issues in this field, mainly at the intelligence level. As a reaction to the failure of the cl...

  2. IMPLEMENTATION OF AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION ALGORITHMS ON TWO-WHEELED GROUND MOBILE ROBOT

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    Stephen Armah; Sun Yi; Taher Abu-Lebdeh

    2014-01-01

    This study presents an effective navigation architecture that combines ‘go-to-goal’, ‘avoid-obstacle’ and ‘follow-wall’ controllers into a full navigation system. A MATLAB robot simulator is used to implement this navigation control algorithm. The robot in the simulator moves to a goal in the presence of convex and non-convex obstacles. Experiments are carried out using a ground mobile robot, Dr Robot X80SV, in a typical office environment to verify success...

  3. Design and Implementation an Autonomous Humanoid Robot Based on Fuzzy Rule-Based Motion Controller

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    Mohsen Taheri; S. A. Monadjemi; S. Alireza Mohades Kasaei; S. Mohammadreza Mohades Kasaei; S. Hamidreza Mohades Kasaei

    2010-01-01

    Research on humanoid robotics in Mechatronics and Automation Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Islamic Azad University Khorasgan branch (Isfahan) of Iran was started at
    the beginning of this decade. Various research prototypes for humanoid robots have been designed and are going through evolution over these years. This paper describes the hardware and software design of the kid size humanoid robot systems of the PERSIA Team in 2009. The robot has 20 actuated degrees ...

  4. Hand-eye LRF-based Iterative Plane Detection Method for Autonomous Robotic Welding

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    Sungmin Lee

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a hand-eye LRF-based (laser range finder welding plane-detection method for autonomous robotic welding in the field of shipbuilding. The hand-eye LRF system consists of a 6 DOF manipulator and an LRF attached to the wrist of the manipulator. The welding plane is detected by the LRF with only the wrist’s rotation to minimize a mechanical error caused by the manipulator’s motion. A position on the plane is determined as an average position of the detected points on the plane, and a normal vector to the plane is determined by applying PCA (principal component analysis to the detected points. In this case, the accuracy of the detected plane is analysed by simulations with respect to the wrist’s angle interval and the plane angle. As a result of the analysis, an iterative plane-detection method with the manipulator’s alignment motion is proposed to improve the performance of plane detection. For verifying the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed plane-detection method, experiments are carried out with a prototype of the hand-eye LRF-based system, which consists of a 1 DOF wrist’s joint, an LRF system and a rotatable plane. In addition, the experimental results of the PCA-based plane detection method are compared with those of the two representative plane-detection methods, based on RANSAC (RANdom SAmple Consensus and the 3D Hough transform in both accuracy and computation time’s points of view.

  5. ARK-2: a mobile robot that navigates autonomously in an industrial environment

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    ARK-2 is a robot that uses a vision system based on a camera and spot laser rangefinder mounted on a pan and tilt unit for navigation. This vision system recognizes known landmarks and computes its position relative to them, thus bounding the error in its position. The vision system is also used to find known gauges, given their approximate locations, and takes readings from them. 'Approximate' in this context means the same sort of accuracy that a human would need: 'down aisle 3 on the right' suffices. ARK-2 is also equipped with the FAD (Floor Anomaly Detector) which is based on the NRC (National Research Council of Canada) BIRIS (Bi-IRIS) sensor, and keeps ARK-2 from failing into open drains or trying to negotiate large cables or pipes on the floor. ARK-2 has also been equipped with a variety of application sensors for security and safety patrol applications. Radiation sensors are used to produce contour maps of radiation levels. In order to detect fires, environmental changes and intruders, ARK-2 is equipped with smoke, temperature, humidity and gas sensors, scanning ultraviolet and infrared detectors and a microwave motion detector. In order to support autonomous, untethered operation for hours at a time, ARK-2 also has onboard systems for power, sonar-based obstacle detection, computation and communications. The project uses a UNIX environment for software development, with the onboard SPARC processor appearing as just another workstation on the LAN. Software modules include the hardware drivers, path planning, navigation, emergency stop, obstacle mapping and status monitoring. ARK-2 may also be controlled from a ROBCAD simulation. (author)

  6. Assessing the Impact of an Autonomous Robotics Competition for STEM Education

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    Chung, C. J. ChanJin; Cartwright, Christopher; Cole, Matthew

    2014-01-01

    Robotics competitions for K-12 students are popular, but are students really learning and improving their STEM scores through robotics competitions? If not, why not? If they are, how much more effective is learning through competitions than traditional classes? Is there room for improvement? What is the best robotics competition model to maximize…

  7. Bilateral human-robot control for semi-autonomous UAV navigation

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    Wopereis, Han W.; Fumagalli, Matteo; Stramigioli, Stefano; Carloni, Raffaella

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes a semi-autonomous bilateral control architecture for unmanned aerial vehicles. During autonomous navigation, a human operator is allowed to assist the autonomous controller of the vehicle by actively changing its navigation parameters to assist it in critical situations, such as

  8. 程控自主天文台网络的发展%Robotic Autonomous Observatory Network Review

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    崔辰州; 何勃亮; 李长华; 赵永恒; 谌悦; 王传军; 辛玉新; 白金明; 季凯帆; 李建; 蔡栩; 范玉峰; 王锋; 曹子皇; 苏丽颖; 樊东卫; 乔翠兰

    2013-01-01

    Developments in telescopes, detectors and software have greatly enhanced our ability to make astronomical observations. Powerful astronomical observation is very sensitive to its working environment, requiring it to be quiet as much as possible. Rapid urbanization over the past century has impacted this environment such that astronomical observations now suffer from light, air and electromagnetic pollution. To obtain better observational data and generate more scientific discover-ies, astronomical observatories are forced to migrate to remote places or even into space. As a result of the migration, and the global nature of astronomy, observatories and scientific data are widely dis-tributed. Meanwhile, multiband astronomy and time-domain astronomy are becoming popular fields in astronomy in the 21st century, both of which are based on federation of multiband and multi-time scientific datasets. Robotic Autonomous Observatory (RAO) and RAO Network (RAON) provide a science driven and technique enabled way to address the above problem. With the development of information technology and computer science as well as electro-mechanics, the automation of astronomical ob-servation is undergoing rapid development, and consequently long term unsupervised observation is made possible. This becomes what we call “Robotic Autonomous Observatory”. Following from this is the idea of connecting multiple robotic autonomous observatories via a robust computer network and making them interoperate. The connected system, namely “Robotic Autonomous Observatory Network”, will enable observation around the clock in respect to a given object or covering large areas on the sky repeatedly, and the completeness of observations in time and space domains could be largely guaranteed. Time domain astronomy and data intensive astronomy are being enabled by the advent of the new autonomous observation mode and synoptic sky surveys, which brings both new scientific opportunities and fresh

  9. The Assemble and Animate Control Framework for Modular Reconfigurable Robots

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    Christensen, David Johan; Schultz, Ulrik Pagh; Moghadam, Mikael

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes the “Assemble and Animate” (ASE) control framework. The objective of ASE is to provide a flexible and extendable control framework, which facilitates rapid development and deployment of modular reconfigurable robots. ASE includes a simple event-driven application framework, a...... planetary contingency, adaptive locomotion, self-reconfiguration, and tangible behavior-based programming....

  10. 自主移动机器人局部路径规划综述%Survey of local path planning of autonomous mobile robot

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    鲍庆勇; 李舜酩; 沈峘; 门秀花

    2009-01-01

    Autonomous mobile robot investigate is an active research society recently. However,mobile robot path planning technology is one of the most important issues in autonomous mobile robot research. The classification of mobile robot path planning method and the importance of local path planning are summarized; the state of the art relative mobile robot local path planning approaches are presented. The advantages and disadvantages of these algorithms are discussed. A conclusion and perspectives of autonomous mobile robot local path planning is addressed.%自主移动机器人技术是近年来的研究热点,而路径规划技术是自主移动机器人技术研究中的一个重要内容.讨论了自主移动机器人路径规划技术的分类和研究局部路径规划的重要性;分析了局部路径规划技术的发展现状;指出了局部路径规划各种方法的优点与不足;对局部路径规划技术今后的发展方向做出了展望.

  11. Posture estimation for autonomous weeding robots navigation in nursery tree plantations

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    Khot, Law Ramchandra; Tang, Lie; Blackmore, Simon;

    2005-01-01

    The presented research aims at developing a sensor fusion technique for navigational posture estimation for a skid-steered mobile robot vehicle in nursery tree plantations. RTK-GPS and Fiber Optic Gyroscope sensors were used for determining the position and orientation of the robot vehicle...

  12. Operator-centered control of a semi-autonomous industrial robot

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    Spelt, P.F. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Jones, S.L. [REMOTEC, Inc., Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    1994-12-31

    This paper presents work done by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Remotec, Inc., to develop a new operator-centered control system for Remotec`s Andros telerobot. Andros robots are presently used by numerous electric utilities, the armed forces, and numerous law enforcement agencies to perform tasks which are hazardous for human operators. This project has automated task components and enhanced the video graphics display of the robot`s position in the environment to significantly reduce operator workload. The procedure of automating a telerobot requires the addition of computer power to the robot, along with a variety of sensors and encoders to provide information about the robots performance in and relationship to its environment The resulting vehicle serves as a platform for research on strategies to integrate automated tasks with those performed by a human operator. The addition of these capabilities will greatly enhance the safety and efficiency of performance in hazardous environments.

  13. Autonomous tracked robots in planar off-road conditions modelling, localization, and motion control

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    González, Ramón; Guzmán, José Luis

    2014-01-01

    This monograph is framed within the context of off-road mobile robotics. In particular, it discusses issues related to modelling, localization, and motion control of tracked mobile robots working in planar slippery conditions. Tracked locomotion constitutes a well-known solution for mobile platforms operating over diverse challenging terrains, for that reason, tracked robotics constitutes an important research field with many applications (e.g. agriculture, mining, search and rescue operations, military activities). The specific topics of this monograph are: historical perspective of tracked vehicles and tracked robots; trajectory-tracking model taking into account slip effect; visual-odometry-based localization strategies; and advanced slip-compensation motion controllers ensuring efficient real-time execution. Physical experiments with a real tracked robot are presented showing the better performance of the suggested novel approaches to known techniques.   Keywords: longitudinal slip, visual odometry, slip...

  14. Self-reconfigurable ship fluid-network modeling for simulation-based design

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    Moon, Kyungjin

    Our world is filled with large-scale engineering systems, which provide various services and conveniences in our daily life. A distinctive trend in the development of today's large-scale engineering systems is the extensive and aggressive adoption of automation and autonomy that enable the significant improvement of systems' robustness, efficiency, and performance, with considerably reduced manning and maintenance costs, and the U.S. Navy's DD(X), the next-generation destroyer program, is considered as an extreme example of such a trend. This thesis pursues a modeling solution for performing simulation-based analysis in the conceptual or preliminary design stage of an intelligent, self-reconfigurable ship fluid system, which is one of the concepts of DD(X) engineering plant development. Through the investigations on the Navy's approach for designing a more survivable ship system, it is found that the current naval simulation-based analysis environment is limited by the capability gaps in damage modeling, dynamic model reconfiguration, and simulation speed of the domain specific models, especially fluid network models. As enablers of filling these gaps, two essential elements were identified in the formulation of the modeling method. The first one is the graph-based topological modeling method, which will be employed for rapid model reconstruction and damage modeling, and the second one is the recurrent neural network-based, component-level surrogate modeling method, which will be used to improve the affordability and efficiency of the modeling and simulation (M&S) computations. The integration of the two methods can deliver computationally efficient, flexible, and automation-friendly M&S which will create an environment for more rigorous damage analysis and exploration of design alternatives. As a demonstration for evaluating the developed method, a simulation model of a notional ship fluid system was created, and a damage analysis was performed. Next, the models

  15. Mobile robots

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    Wolfe, W.J.; Marquina, N.

    1986-01-01

    This book presents papers given at a conference on mobile robots. Topics the conference included are the following: mobility systems for robotic vehicles; detection and control of mobile robot motion by real-time computer vision, obstacle avoidance algorithms for an autonomous land vehicle; hierarchical processor and matched filters for range image processing; asynchronous distributed control system for a mobile robot, and, planning in a hierarchical nested autonomous control system.

  16. The Embudito Mission: A Case Study of the Systematics of Autonomous Ground Mobile Robots; TOPICAL

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    Ground mobile robots are much in the mind of defense planners at this time, being considered for a significant variety of missions with a diversity ranging from logistics supply to reconnaissance and surveillance. While there has been a very large amount of basic research funded in the last quarter century devoted to mobile robots and their supporting component technologies, little of this science base has been fully developed and deployed--notable exceptions being NASA's Mars rover and several terrestrial derivatives. The material in this paper was developed as a first exemplary step in the development of a more systematic approach to the R and D of ground mobile robots

  17. Field Study of a Physical Game for Older Adults Based on an Autonomous, Mobile Robot

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    Hansen, Søren Tranberg; Rasmussen, Dorte Malig; Bak, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    an open, exploratory approach. An analysis of the interaction is made based on video recordings, observations and qualitative interviews focusing on the potential of the robot as a rehabilitative application. The primary goal of the study is to observe seniors’ acceptance of the robot, to obtain knowledge......This paper presents an initial, qualitative study on how a game based on a mobile robot with an expressive head can be used as a physical activity for elderly. The game is investigated in two independent field studies - one in a nursing home and one in a rehabilitation centre for elderly using...

  18. Application of autonomous robotics to surveillance of waste storage containers for radioactive surface contamination

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    This paper describes a proof-of-principal demonstration performed with the HERMIES-III mobile robot to automate the inspection of waste storage drums for radioactive surface contamination and thereby reduce the human burden of operating a robot and worker exposure to potentially hazardous environments. Software and hardware for the demonstration were developed by a team consisting of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Universities of Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas. Robot navigation, machine vision, manipulator control, parallel processing and human-machine interface techniques developed by the team were demonstrated utilizing advanced computer architectures. The demonstration consists of over 100,000 lines of computer code executing on nine computers

  19. Regulation on Safety and civil Liability of intelligent autonomous Robots: the case of smart Cars

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    Cappelli, Maria Assunta

    2015-01-01

    Nowadays science and technology offer us artificial intelligence (AI) “embodied” in robots. They are able to self-learn, self-organize and self-reproduce, thanks to genetic algorithms, artificial neural networks and other tools. The focus of this research includes results from the diffusion of a social phenomenon consisting in the application of robots in the most disparate realities (industrial and domestic). Robotics is the AI branch whose aim is to build machines that are able “to feel, to...

  20. The Embudito Mission: A Case Study of the Systematics of Autonomous Ground Mobile Robots

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    EICKER,PATRICK J.

    2001-02-01

    Ground mobile robots are much in the mind of defense planners at this time, being considered for a significant variety of missions with a diversity ranging from logistics supply to reconnaissance and surveillance. While there has been a very large amount of basic research funded in the last quarter century devoted to mobile robots and their supporting component technologies, little of this science base has been fully developed and deployed--notable exceptions being NASA's Mars rover and several terrestrial derivatives. The material in this paper was developed as a first exemplary step in the development of a more systematic approach to the R and D of ground mobile robots.

  1. Multi-sensor integration for autonomous robots in nuclear power plants

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    As part of a concerted RandD program in advanced robotics for hazardous environments, scientists and engineers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are performing research in the areas of systems integration, range-sensor-based 3-D world modeling, and multi-sensor integration. This program features a unique teaming arrangement that involves the universities of Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas; Odetics Corporation; and ORNL. This paper summarizes work directed at integrating information extracted from data collected with range sensors and CCD cameras on-board a mobile robot, in order to produce reliable descriptions of the robot's environment. Specifically, the paper describes the integration of two-dimensional vision and sonar range information, and an approach to integrate registered luminance and laser range images. All operations are carried out on-board the mobile robot using a 16-processor hypercube computer. 14 refs., 4 figs

  2. Operator-centered control of a semi-autonomous industrial robot

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    This paper presents work done by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Remotec, Inc., to develop a new operator-centered control system for Remotec's Andros telerobot. Andros robots are presently used by numerous electric utilities, the armed forces, and numerous law enforcement agencies to perform tasks which are hazardous for human operators. This project has automated task components and enhanced the video graphics display of the robot's position in the environment to significantly reduce operator workload. The procedure of automating a telerobot requires the addition of computer power to the robot, along with a variety of sensors and encoders to provide information about the robots performance in and relationship to its environment The resulting vehicle serves as a platform for research on strategies to integrate automated tasks with those performed by a human operator. The addition of these capabilities will greatly enhance the safety and efficiency of performance in hazardous environments

  3. IMPLEMENTATION OF AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION ALGORITHMS ON TWO-WHEELED GROUND MOBILE ROBOT

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    Stephen Armah

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study presents an effective navigation architecture that combines ‘go-to-goal’, ‘avoid-obstacle’ and ‘follow-wall’ controllers into a full navigation system. A MATLAB robot simulator is used to implement this navigation control algorithm. The robot in the simulator moves to a goal in the presence of convex and non-convex obstacles. Experiments are carried out using a ground mobile robot, Dr Robot X80SV, in a typical office environment to verify successful implementation of the navigation architecture algorithm programmed in MATLAB. The research paper also demonstrates algorithms to achieve tasks such as ‘move to a point’, ‘move to a pose’, ‘follow a line’, ‘move in a circle’ and ‘avoid obstacles’. These control algorithms are simulated using Simulink models.

  4. Integrated Positioning System of Autonomous Underwater Robot and Its Application in High Latitudes of Arctic Zone

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    Inzartsev, Alexander; Kamorniy, Alexander; Kiselyov, Lev; Matviyenko, Yury; Rylov, Nicolay; Rylov, Roman; Vaulin, Yury

    2010-01-01

    1. An autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle for scientific research was used for the first time in the world history under ice in the Arctic polar latitudes. The possibility of its use for bottom characteristics research was practically proved.

  5. A bioinspired autonomous swimming robot as a tool for studying goal-directed locomotion

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    Manfredi, L.; Assaf, T.; Mintchev, S.; Marrazza, S.; Capantini, L.; Orofino, S.; Ascari, L.; Grillner, Sten; Wallén, Peter; Ekeberg, Örjan; Stefanini, C.; Dario, Paulo

    2013-01-01

    The bioinspired approach has been key in combining the disciplines of robotics with neuroscience in an effective and promising fashion. Indeed, certain aspects in the field of neuroscience, such as goal-directed locomotion and behaviour selection, can be validated through robotic artefacts. In particular, swimming is a functionally important behaviour where neuromuscular structures, neural control architecture and operation can be replicated artificially following models from biology and neur...

  6. When Children Teach a Robot to Write: An Autonomous Teachable Humanoid Which Uses Simulated Handwriting

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    Hood, Deanna; Lemaignan, Séverin; Dillenbourg, Pierre

    2015-01-01

    This article presents a novel robotic partner which children can teach handwriting. The system relies on the learning by teaching paradigm to build an interaction, so as to stimulate meta-cognition, empathy and increased self-esteem in the child user. We hypothesise that use of a humanoid robot in such a system could not just engage an unmotivated student, but could also present the opportunity for children to experience physically-induced benefits encountered during human-led handwriting int...

  7. Autonomous Inspection Robot for Power Transmission Lines Maintenance While Operating on the Overhead Ground Wires

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    Zheng Li

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the development of a mobile robot capable of clearing such obstacles as counterweights, anchor clamps, and torsion tower. The mobile robot walks on overhead ground wires in 500KV power tower. Its ultimate purpose is to automate to inspect the defect of power transmission line. The robot with 13 motors is composed of two arms, two wheels, two claws, two wrists, etc. Each arm has 4 degree of freedom. Claws are also mounted on the arms. An embedded computer based on PC/104 is chosen as the core of control system. Visible light and thermal infrared cameras are installed to obtain the video and temperature information, and the communication system is based on wireless LAN TCP/IP protocol. A prototype robot was developed with careful considerations of mobility. The new sensor configuration is used for the claw to grasp the overhead ground wires. The bridge is installed in the torsion tower for the robot easy to cross obstacles. The new posture plan is proposed for obstacles cleaning in the torsion tower. Results of experiments demonstrate that the robot can be applied to execute the navigation and inspection tasks.

  8. Robotics.

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    Waddell, Steve; Doty, Keith L.

    1999-01-01

    "Why Teach Robotics?" (Waddell) suggests that the United States lags behind Europe and Japan in use of robotics in industry and teaching. "Creating a Course in Mobile Robotics" (Doty) outlines course elements of the Intelligent Machines Design Lab. (SK)

  9. Research project RoboGas{sup Inspector}. Gas leak detection with autonomous mobile robots; Forschungsprojekt RoboGas{sup Inspector}. Gaslecksuche mit autonomen mobilen Robotern

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    Habib, Abdelkarim [BAM Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung, Berlin (Germany); Bonow, Gero; Kroll, Andreas [Fachgebiet Mess- und Regelungstechnik, Universitaet Kassel, Kassel (Germany); Hegenberg, Jens; Schmidt, Ludger [Fachgebiet Mensch-Maschine-Systemtechnik, Universitaet Kassel, Kassel (Germany); Barz, Thomas; Schulz, Dirk [Fraunhofer FKIE, Unbemannte Systeme, Wachtberg (Germany)

    2013-05-15

    As part of the promotional program AUTONOMIK of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany) a consortium of nine project partners developed a prototype of an autonomous mobile robot looking for gas leaks in extended industrial equipment. The autonomous mobility of the system for any systems was implemented using different types of sensors for self-localization and navigation. The tele-operation enables a manual intervention in the process. The robot performs inspection tasks in industrial plants by means of video technology and remote gas measurement technology without driving into the possible risk areas and without the presence of humans. The robot can be used for routine inspections of facilities or for the targeted inspection of specific plant components. Thanks to the remote sensing technique also plant components can be inspected which are difficult to be inspected due to their limited accessibility by conventional measurement techniques.

  10. Information-driven self-organization: the dynamical system approach to autonomous robot behavior.

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    Ay, Nihat; Bernigau, Holger; Der, Ralf; Prokopenko, Mikhail

    2012-09-01

    In recent years, information theory has come into the focus of researchers interested in the sensorimotor dynamics of both robots and living beings. One root for these approaches is the idea that living beings are information processing systems and that the optimization of these processes should be an evolutionary advantage. Apart from these more fundamental questions, there is much interest recently in the question how a robot can be equipped with an internal drive for innovation or curiosity that may serve as a drive for an open-ended, self-determined development of the robot. The success of these approaches depends essentially on the choice of a convenient measure for the information. This article studies in some detail the use of the predictive information (PI), also called excess entropy or effective measure complexity, of the sensorimotor process. The PI of a process quantifies the total information of past experience that can be used for predicting future events. However, the application of information theoretic measures in robotics mostly is restricted to the case of a finite, discrete state-action space. This article aims at applying the PI in the dynamical systems approach to robot control. We study linear systems as a first step and derive exact results for the PI together with explicit learning rules for the parameters of the controller. Interestingly, these learning rules are of Hebbian nature and local in the sense that the synaptic update is given by the product of activities available directly at the pertinent synaptic ports. The general findings are exemplified by a number of case studies. In particular, in a two-dimensional system, designed at mimicking embodied systems with latent oscillatory locomotion patterns, it is shown that maximizing the PI means to recognize and amplify the latent modes of the robotic system. This and many other examples show that the learning rules derived from the maximum PI principle are a versatile tool for the self

  11. Mechanical Design and Dynamcis of an Autonomous Climbing Robot for Elliptic Half-shell Cleaning

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    Houxiang Zhang

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an auto-climbing robot for cleaning the elliptic half-shell of National Grand Theatre in China. The robot consists of a climbing mechanism, a moving mechanism, two cleaning brushes and supporting mechanisms. The mechanism and unique aspects are presented in detail. A distributed control system based on CAN bus is designed to meet the requirements of controlling the robot. After that the emphasis for discussion is on the motion realization which includes climbing and cleaning movements. The robot independently climbs and descends in the vertical direction and cleans in the horizontal direction. It takes the circling tracks as supports for climbing up and down between strips and moving horizontally along one strip around the ellipsoid. For system design and control purposes, the dynamic models of the climbing and cleaning processes are given applying of the Lagrange equation. Furthermore the force distribution of the front and rear supporting mechanisms is computed in a way that ensures the safety of the climbing process. In the end, the successful on-site tests confirm the principles described above and the robot's ability.

  12. Virtual Simulator for Autonomous Mobile Robots Navigation System Using Concepts of Control Rapid Prototyping

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    Leonimer Flavio de Melo

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available This work presents the proposal of virtual environment implementation for project simulation and conception of supervision and control systems for mobile robots, that are capable to operate and adapting in different environments and conditions. This virtual system has as purpose to facilitate the development of embedded architecture systems, emphasizing the implementation of tools that allow the simulation of the kinematic conditions, dynamic and control, with real time monitoring of all important system points. For this, open control architecture is proposal, integrating the two main techniques of robotic control implementation in the hardware level: systems microprocessors and reconfigurable hardware devices. The implemented simulator system is composed of a trajectory generating module, a kinematic and dynamic simulator module and of a analysis module of results and errors. The kinematic and dynamic simulator module makes all simulation of the mobile robot following the pre-determined trajectory of the trajectory generator. All the kinematic and dynamic results shown during the simulation can be evaluated and visualized in graphs and tables formats, in the results analysis module, allowing an improvement in the system, minimizing the errors with the necessary adjustments optimization. For controller implementation in the embedded system, it uses the rapid prototyping, which is the technology that allows, in set with the virtual simulation environment, the development of a controller project for mobile robots. The validation and tests had been accomplishing with nonholonomics mobile robots models with differential transmission.

  13. Behavior generation strategy of artificial behavioral system by self-learning paradigm for autonomous robot tasks

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    Dağlarli, Evren; Temeltaş, Hakan

    2008-04-01

    In this study, behavior generation and self-learning paradigms are investigated for the real-time applications of multi-goal mobile robot tasks. The method is capable to generate new behaviors and it combines them in order to achieve multi goal tasks. The proposed method is composed from three layers: Behavior Generating Module, Coordination Level and Emotion -Motivation Level. Last two levels use Hidden Markov models to manage dynamical structure of behaviors. The kinematics and dynamic model of the mobile robot with non-holonomic constraints are considered in the behavior based control architecture. The proposed method is tested on a four-wheel driven and four-wheel steered mobile robot with constraints in simulation environment and results are obtained successfully.

  14. Generating Self-Reliant Teams of Autonomous Cooperating Robots: Desired design Characteristics

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    Parker, L.E.

    1999-05-01

    The difficulties in designing a cooperative team are significant. Several of the key questions that must be resolved when designing a cooperative control architecture include: How do we formulate, describe, decompose, and allocate problems among a group of intelligent agents? How do we enable agents to communicate and interact? How do we ensure that agents act coherently in their actions? How do we allow agents to recognize and reconcile conflicts? However, in addition to these key issues, the software architecture must be designed to enable multi-robot teams to be robust, reliable, and flexible. Without these capabilities, the resulting robot team will not be able to successfully deal with the dynamic and uncertain nature of the real world. In this extended abstract, we first describe these desired capabilities. We then briefly describe the ALLIANCE software architecture that we have previously developed for multi-robot cooperation. We then briefly analyze the ALLIANCE architecture in terms of the desired design qualities identified.

  15. Creative Engineering Based Education with Autonomous Robots Considering Job Search Support

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    Takezawa, Satoshi; Nagamatsu, Masao; Takashima, Akihiko; Nakamura, Kaeko; Ohtake, Hideo; Yoshida, Kanou

    The Robotics Course in our Mechanical Systems Engineering Department offers “Robotics Exercise Lessons” as one of its Problem-Solution Based Specialized Subjects. This is intended to motivate students learning and to help them acquire fundamental items and skills on mechanical engineering and improve understanding of Robotics Basic Theory. Our current curriculum was established to accomplish this objective based on two pieces of research in 2005: an evaluation questionnaire on the education of our Mechanical Systems Engineering Department for graduates and a survey on the kind of human resources which companies are seeking and their expectations for our department. This paper reports the academic results and reflections of job search support in recent years as inherited and developed from the previous curriculum.

  16. Auto Landing Process for Autonomous Flying Robot by Using Image Processing Based on Edge Detection

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    Bahram Lavi Sefidgari

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In today’s technological life, everyone is quite familiar with the importance of security measures in our lives. So in this regard, many attempts have been made by researchers and one of them is flying robots technology. One well-known usage of flying robot, perhaps, is its capability in security and care measurements which made this device extremely practical, not only for its unmanned movement, but also for the unique manoeuvre during flight over the arbitrary areas. In this research, the automatic landing of a flying robot is discussed. The system is based on the frequent interruptions that is sent from main microcontroller to camera module in order to take images; these images have been distinguished by image processing system based on edge detection, after analysing the image the system can tell whether or not to land on the ground. This method shows better performance in terms of precision as well as experimentally.

  17. Ground Simulation of an Autonomous Satellite Rendezvous and Tracking System Using Dual Robotic Systems

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    Trube, Matthew J.; Hyslop, Andrew M.; Carignan, Craig R.; Easley, Joseph W.

    2012-01-01

    A hardware-in-the-loop ground system was developed for simulating a robotic servicer spacecraft tracking a target satellite at short range. A relative navigation sensor package "Argon" is mounted on the end-effector of a Fanuc 430 manipulator, which functions as the base platform of the robotic spacecraft servicer. Machine vision algorithms estimate the pose of the target spacecraft, mounted on a Rotopod R-2000 platform, relay the solution to a simulation of the servicer spacecraft running in "Freespace", which performs guidance, navigation and control functions, integrates dynamics, and issues motion commands to a Fanuc platform controller so that it tracks the simulated servicer spacecraft. Results will be reviewed for several satellite motion scenarios at different ranges. Key words: robotics, satellite, servicing, guidance, navigation, tracking, control, docking.

  18. Embodied, On-line, On-board Evolution for Autonomous Robotics

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    Eiben, A.E.; Haasdijk, Evert; Bredeche, Nicolas

    2010-01-01

    Artificial evolution plays an important role in several robotics projects. Most commonly, an evolutionary algorithm (EA) is used as a heuristic optimiser to solve some engineering problem, for instance an EA is used to find good robot controller. In these applications the human designers/experimenters orchestrate and manage the whole evolutionary problem solving process and incorporate the end result –that is, the (near-)optimal solution evolved by the EA– into the system as part of the deploym...

  19. ONLINE MODEL AND ACTUATOR FAULT TOLERANT CONTROL FOR AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOT

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    SONG Qi; JIANG Zhe; HAN Jianda

    2007-01-01

    A novel fault-tolerant adaptive control methodology against the actuator faults is proposed.The actuator effectiveness factors (AEFs) are introduced to denote the healthy of actuator, and the unscented Kalman filter (UKF) is employed for online estimation of both the motion states and the AEFs of mobile robot. A square root version of the UKF is introduced to improve efficiency and numerical stability. Using the information from the UKF, the reconfigurable controller is designed automatically based on an enhancement inverse dynamic control (IDC) methodology. The experiment on a 3-DOF omni-directional mobile robot is performed, and the effectiveness of the proposed method is demonstrated.

  20. Design and modeling of an autonomous multi-link snake robot, capable of 3D-motion

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    Rizkallah Rabel

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the design of an autonomous, wheeless, mechanical snake robot that was modeled and built at Notre Dame University – Louaize. The robot is also capable of 3D motion with an ability to climb in the z-direction. The snake is made of a series links, each containing one to three high torque DC motors and a gearing system. They are connected to each other through Aluminum hollow rods that can be rotated through a 180° span. This allows the snake to move in various environments including unfriendly and cluttered ones. The front link has a proximity sensor used to map the environment. This mapping is sent to a microcontroller which controls and adapts the motion pattern of the snake. The snake can therefore choose to avoid obstacles, or climb over them if their height is within its range. The presented model is made of five links, but this number can be increased as their role is repetitive. The novel design is meant to overcome previous limitations by allowing 3D motion through electric actuators and low energy consumption.

  1. Real-time Needle Steering in Response to Rolling Vein Deformation by a 9-DOF Image-Guided Autonomous Venipuncture Robot

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    Chen, Alvin I.; Balter, Max L.; Maguire, Timothy J.; Yarmush, Martin L.

    2015-01-01

    Venipuncture is the most common invasive medical procedure performed in the United States and the number one cause of hospital injury. Failure rates are particularly high in pediatric and elderly patients, whose veins tend to deform, move, or roll as the needle is introduced. To improve venipuncture accuracy in challenging patient populations, we have developed a portable device that autonomously servos a needle into a suitable vein under image guidance. The device operates in real time, combining near-infrared and ultrasound imaging, computer vision software, and a 9 degrees-of-freedom robot that servos the needle. In this paper, we present the kinematic and mechanical design of the latest generation robot. We then investigate in silico and in vitro the mechanics of vessel rolling and deformation in response to needle insertions performed by the robot. Finally, we demonstrate how the robot can make real-time adjustments under ultrasound image guidance to compensate for subtle vessel motions during venipuncture. PMID:26779381

  2. Approaching Complexity through Planful Play: Kindergarten Children's Strategies in Constructing an Autonomous Robot's Behavior

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    Levy, S. T.; Mioduser, D.

    2010-01-01

    This study investigates how young children master, construct and understand intelligent rule-based robot behaviors, focusing on their strategies in gradually meeting the tasks' complexity. The wider aim is to provide a comprehensive map of the kinds of transitions and learning that take place in constructing simple emergent behaviors, particularly…

  3. Obstacles Avoidance Method for an Autonomous Mobile Robot using Two IR Sensors

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    A. Gacsadi; TIPONUT, V.; I. Gavrilut; L. Tepelea

    2008-01-01

    The paper presents a local navigationmethod for mobile robot, based on sensorial informationgiven by two IR sensors. These types of sensors aresimple and relatively low-cost sensing modalities toperform navigation tasks in environments with obstacles.On the other hand, IR sensors may be preferable due totheir faster response time and can be integrated instructure with microcontroller.

  4. Chaotic Path Planner of Autonomous Mobile Robots Based on the Standard Map for Surveillance Missions

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    Caihong Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a fusion iterations strategy based on the Standard map to generate a chaotic path planner of the mobile robot for surveillance missions. The distances of the chaotic trajectories between the adjacent iteration points which are produced by the Standard map are too large for the robot to track. So a fusion iterations strategy combined with the large region iterations and the small grids region iterations is designed to resolve the problem. The small region iterations perform the iterations of the Standard map in the divided small grids, respectively. It can reduce the adjacent distances by dividing the whole surveillance workspace into small grids. The large region iterations combine all the small grids region iterations into a whole, switch automatically among the small grids, and maintain the chaotic characteristics of the robot to guarantee the surveillance missions. Compared to simply using the Standard map in the whole workspace, the proposed strategy can decrease the adjacent distances according to the divided size of the small grids and is convenient for the robot to track.

  5. Enhancement Performance of Road Recognition System of Autonomous Robots in Shadow Scenario

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    Olusanya Y. Agunbiade

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Road region recognition is a main feature that is g aining increasing attention from intellectuals beca use it helps autonomous vehicle to achieve a successful na vigation without accident. However, different techniques based on camera sensor have been used by various researchers and outstanding results have been achieved. Despite their success, environmental noise like shadow leads to inaccurate recognition of road region which eventually leads to accident for autonomous vehicle. In this research, we conducted an investigation on shadow and its effects, optimized the road region recognition system of autonomous vehicle by introducing an algorithm capable of dete cting and eliminating the effects of shadow. The experimental performance of our system was tested a nd compared using the following schemes: Total Positive Rate (TPR, False Negative Rate (FNR, Tot al Negative Rate (TNR, Error Rate (ERR and False Positive Rate (FPR. The performance result of the system improved on road recognition in shadow scenario and this advancement has added tremendousl y to successful navigation approaches for autonomous vehicle

  6. Enhancement Performance of Road Recognition System of Autonomous Robots in Shadow Scenario

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    Olusanya Y. Agunbiade

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Road region recognition is a main feature that is g aining increasing attention from intellectuals beca use it helps autonomous vehicle to achieve a successful na vigation without accident. However, different techniques based on camera sensor have been used by various researchers and outstanding results have been achieved. Despite their success, environmental noise like shadow leads to inaccurate recognition of road region which eventually leads to accident for autonomous vehicle. In this research, we conducted an investigation on shadow and its effects, optimized the road region recognition system of autonomous vehicle by introducing an algorithm capable of dete cting and eliminating the effects of shadow. The experimental performance of our system was tested a nd compared using the following schemes: Total Positive Rate (TPR, False Negative Rate (FNR, Tot al Negative Rate (TNR, Error Rate (ERR and False Positive Rate (FPR. The performance result of the system improved on road recognition in shadow scenario and this advancement has added tremendousl y to successful navigation approaches for autonomous vehicle .

  7. Pirate, the development of an autonomous gas distribution system inspection robot

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    Pulles, C.; Dertien, E.; Pol, van de H.J.; Nispeling, R.

    2008-01-01

    A consortium of four companies is developing an autonomous inspection system for small diameter, low pressure gas distribution mains. Such a system could eventually replace the current practice of leak survey and improve the assessment of the quality of the mains, being able to investigate the mains

  8. Flexible, fpga-based electronics for modular robots

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    Brandt, David; Larsen, Jørgen Christian; Christensen, David Johan;

    2008-01-01

    In this paper we introduce electronics for the ATRON self-reconfigurable robot based on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The immediate advantage of using FPGAs is that some of the module’s electronics can be moved into the FPGA, thereby the number of components can be reduced. In the case...... the FPGA and therefore integrate task-specific electronics without physically changing the electronics or we can reconfigure the electronics for specific tasks. The disadvantages of an FPGA-based design include the cost of FPGAs, the extra layer of complexity in programming, and a limited increase in power...... consumption compared to micro-controllers. However, overall FPGAs make the electronics of modular robots more flexible and therefore may make them more suitable for real applications. AB - In this paper we introduce electronics for the ATRON self-reconfigurable robot based on field programmable gate arrays...

  9. Performance comparison of novel WNN approach with RBFNN in navigation of autonomous mobile robotic agent

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    Ghosh Saradindu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper addresses the performance comparison of Radial Basis Function Neural Network (RBFNN with novel Wavelet Neural Network (WNN of designing intelligent controllers for path planning of mobile robot in an unknown environment. In the proposed WNN, different types of activation functions such as Mexican Hat, Gaussian and Morlet wavelet functions are used in the hidden nodes. The neural networks are trained by an intelligent supervised learning technique so that the robot makes a collision-free path in the unknown environment during navigation from different starting points to targets/goals. The efficiency of two algorithms is compared using some MATLAB simulations and experimental setup with Arduino Mega 2560 microcontroller in terms of path length and time taken to reach the target as an indicator for the accuracy of the network models.

  10. Longitudinal and lateral slip control of autonomous wheeled mobile robot for trajectory tracking

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    Hamza KHAN; Jamshed IQBAL; Khelifa BAIZID; Teresa ZIELINSKA

    2015-01-01

    This research formulates a path-following control problem subjected to wheel slippage and skid and solves it using a logic-based control scheme for a wheeled mobile robot (WMR). The novelty of the proposed scheme lies in its methodology that considers both longitudinal and lateral slip components. Based on the derived slip model, the controller for longitudinal motion slip has been synthesized. Various control parameters have been studied to investigate their effects on the performance of the controller resulting in selection of their optimum values. The designed controller for lateral slip or skid is based on the proposed side friction model and skid check condition. Considering a car-like WMR, simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed control scheme. The robot successfully followed the desired circular trajectory in the presence of wheel slippage and skid. This research finds its potential in various applications involving WMR navigation and control.

  11. Artificial cognitive systems: from concept to the development of intelligent behaviours in autonomous robotics

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    Sabourin, Christophe

    2016-01-01

    Les travaux présentés dans le cadre de cette habilitation à diriger des recherches s’appuient sur le principe de la robotique développementale et plus particulièrement sur le paradigme de l’énaction. L’idée n’est donc pas de développer un robot intelligent, mais plutôt de concevoir un robot qui soit capable de le devenir. L’originalité du travail présenté dans ce mémoire repose sur le fait que le système cognitif artificiel est décomposé en deux parties distinctes : la première regroupe des p...

  12. 3-D world modeling based on combinatorial geometry for autonomous robot navigation

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    In applications of robotics to surveillance and mapping at nuclear facilities the scene to be described is three-dimensional. Using range data a 3-D model of the environment can be built. First, each measured point on the object surface is surrounded by a solid sphere with a radius determined by the range to that point. Then the 3-D shapes of the visible surfaces are obtained by taking the (Boolean) union of the spheres. Using this representation distances to boundary surfaces can be efficiently calculated. This feature is particularly useful for navigation purposes. The efficiency of the proposed approach is illustrated by a simulation of a spherical robot navigating in a 3-D room with static obstacles

  13. Performance comparison of novel WNN approach with RBFNN in navigation of autonomous mobile robotic agent

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    Ghosh Saradindu; Panigrahi Kumar Pratap; Parhi Dayal R.

    2016-01-01

    This paper addresses the performance comparison of Radial Basis Function Neural Network (RBFNN) with novel Wavelet Neural Network (WNN) of designing intelligent controllers for path planning of mobile robot in an unknown environment. In the proposed WNN, different types of activation functions such as Mexican Hat, Gaussian and Morlet wavelet functions are used in the hidden nodes. The neural networks are trained by an intelligent supervised learning techniq...

  14. A Concept of Dynamically Reconfigurable Real-Time Vision System for Autonomous Mobile Robotics.

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    De Cabrol, Aymeric; Garcia, Thibault; Bonnin, Patrick; Chetto, Maryline

    2007-01-01

    International audience; Abstract: In this article, we describe specific constraints of vision systems that are dedicated to be embedded in mobile robots. If PC based hardware architecture is convenient in this field because of its versatility, its flexibility, its performance and its cost, current real-time operating systems are not completely adapted to long processings with varying duration, and it is often necessary to oversize the system to guarantee fail-safe functioning. Also, interactions...

  15. IkeaBot: An autonomous multi-robot coordinated furniture assembly system

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    Knepper, Ross A.; Layton, Todd; Romanishin, John William; Rus, Daniela L.

    2013-01-01

    We present an automated assembly system that directs the actions of a team of heterogeneous robots in the completion of an assembly task. From an initial user-supplied geometric specification, the system applies reasoning about the geometry of individual parts in order to deduce how they fit together. The task is then automatically transformed to a symbolic description of the assembly-a sort of blueprint. A symbolic planner generates an assembly sequence that can be executed by a team of coll...

  16. Anthropocentric-based robotic and autonomous systems: assessment for new organisational options

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    Moniz, António

    2010-01-01

    Text based on the paper presented at the Conference "Autonomous systems: inter-relations of technical and societal issues" held at Monte de Caparica (Portugal), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, November, 5th and 6th 2009 and organized by IET-Research Centre on Enterprise and Work Innovation Research activities at European level on the concept of new working environments offers considerable attention to the challenges of the increased competencies of people working together with automated techn...

  17. A Concept of Dynamically Reconfigurable Real-time Vision System for Autonomous Mobile Robotics

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    Aymeric De Cabrol; Thibault Garcia; Patrick Bonnin; Maryline Chetto

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes specific constraints of vision systems that are dedicated to be embedded in mobile robots. If PC-based hardware architecture is convenient in this field because of its versatility, flexibility, performance, and cost, current real-time operating systems are not completely adapted to long processing with varying duration, and it is often necessary to oversize the system to guarantee fail-safe functioning. Also, interactions with other robotic tasks having more priority are difficult to handle. To answer this problem, we have developed a dynamically reconfigurable vision processing system, based on the innovative features of Cleopatre real-time applicative layer concerning scheduling and fault tolerance. This framework allows to define emergency and optional tasks to ensure a minimal quality of service for the other subsystems of the robot, while allowing to adapt dynamically vision processing chain to an exceptional everlasting vision process or processor overload. Thus, it allows a better cohabitation of several subsystems in a single hardware, and to develop less expensive but safe systems, as they will be designed for the regular case and not rare exceptional ones. Finally, it brings a new way to think and develop vision systems, with pairs of complementary operators.

  18. A bioinspired autonomous swimming robot as a tool for studying goal-directed locomotion.

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    Manfredi, L; Assaf, T; Mintchev, S; Marrazza, S; Capantini, L; Orofino, S; Ascari, L; Grillner, S; Wallén, P; Ekeberg, O; Stefanini, C; Dario, P

    2013-10-01

    The bioinspired approach has been key in combining the disciplines of robotics with neuroscience in an effective and promising fashion. Indeed, certain aspects in the field of neuroscience, such as goal-directed locomotion and behaviour selection, can be validated through robotic artefacts. In particular, swimming is a functionally important behaviour where neuromuscular structures, neural control architecture and operation can be replicated artificially following models from biology and neuroscience. In this article, we present a biomimetic system inspired by the lamprey, an early vertebrate that locomotes using anguilliform swimming. The artefact possesses extra- and proprioceptive sensory receptors, muscle-like actuation, distributed embedded control and a vision system. Experiments on optimised swimming and on goal-directed locomotion are reported, as well as the assessment of the performance of the system, which shows high energy efficiency and adaptive behaviour. While the focus is on providing a robotic platform for testing biological models, the reported system can also be of major relevance for the development of engineering system applications. PMID:24030051

  19. A bioinspired autonomous swimming robot as a tool for studying goal-directed locomotion.

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    Manfredi, L; Assaf, T; Mintchev, S; Marrazza, S; Capantini, L; Orofino, S; Ascari, L; Grillner, S; Wallén, P; Ekeberg, O; Stefanini, C; Dario, P

    2013-10-01

    The bioinspired approach has been key in combining the disciplines of robotics with neuroscience in an effective and promising fashion. Indeed, certain aspects in the field of neuroscience, such as goal-directed locomotion and behaviour selection, can be validated through robotic artefacts. In particular, swimming is a functionally important behaviour where neuromuscular structures, neural control architecture and operation can be replicated artificially following models from biology and neuroscience. In this article, we present a biomimetic system inspired by the lamprey, an early vertebrate that locomotes using anguilliform swimming. The artefact possesses extra- and proprioceptive sensory receptors, muscle-like actuation, distributed embedded control and a vision system. Experiments on optimised swimming and on goal-directed locomotion are reported, as well as the assessment of the performance of the system, which shows high energy efficiency and adaptive behaviour. While the focus is on providing a robotic platform for testing biological models, the reported system can also be of major relevance for the development of engineering system applications.

  20. Novel Microbial Diversity Retrieved by Autonomous Robotic Exploration of the World's Deepest Vertical Phreatic Sinkhole

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    Sahl, Jason W.; Fairfield, Nathaniel; Harris, J. Kirk; Wettergreen, David; Stone, William C.; Spear, John R.

    2010-03-01

    The deep phreatic thermal explorer (DEPTHX) is an autonomous underwater vehicle designed to navigate an unexplored environment, generate high-resolution three-dimensional (3-D) maps, collect biological samples based on an autonomous sampling decision, and return to its origin. In the spring of 2007, DEPTHX was deployed in Zacatón, a deep (˜318 m), limestone, phreatic sinkhole (cenote) in northeastern Mexico. As DEPTHX descended, it generated a 3-D map based on the processing of range data from 54 onboard sonars. The vehicle collected water column samples and wall biomat samples throughout the depth profile of the cenote. Post-expedition sample analysis via comparative analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences revealed a wealth of microbial diversity. Traditional Sanger gene sequencing combined with a barcoded-amplicon pyrosequencing approach revealed novel, phylum-level lineages from the domains Bacteria and Archaea; in addition, several novel subphylum lineages were also identified. Overall, DEPTHX successfully navigated and mapped Zacatón, and collected biological samples based on an autonomous decision, which revealed novel microbial diversity in a previously unexplored environment.

  1. Novel microbial diversity retrieved by autonomous robotic exploration of the world's deepest vertical phreatic sinkhole.

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    Sahl, Jason W; Fairfield, Nathaniel; Harris, J Kirk; Wettergreen, David; Stone, William C; Spear, John R

    2010-03-01

    The deep phreatic thermal explorer (DEPTHX) is an autonomous underwater vehicle designed to navigate an unexplored environment, generate high-resolution three-dimensional (3-D) maps, collect biological samples based on an autonomous sampling decision, and return to its origin. In the spring of 2007, DEPTHX was deployed in Zacatón, a deep (approximately 318 m), limestone, phreatic sinkhole (cenote) in northeastern Mexico. As DEPTHX descended, it generated a 3-D map based on the processing of range data from 54 onboard sonars. The vehicle collected water column samples and wall biomat samples throughout the depth profile of the cenote. Post-expedition sample analysis via comparative analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences revealed a wealth of microbial diversity. Traditional Sanger gene sequencing combined with a barcoded-amplicon pyrosequencing approach revealed novel, phylum-level lineages from the domains Bacteria and Archaea; in addition, several novel subphylum lineages were also identified. Overall, DEPTHX successfully navigated and mapped Zacatón, and collected biological samples based on an autonomous decision, which revealed novel microbial diversity in a previously unexplored environment. PMID:20298146

  2. An Extremely Low Power Quantum Optical Communication Link for Autonomous Robotic Explorers

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    Lekki, John; Nguyen, Quang-Viet; Bizon, Tom; Nguyen, Binh; Kojima, Jun

    2007-01-01

    One concept for planetary exploration involves using many small robotic landers that can cover more ground than a single conventional lander. In addressing this vision, NASA has been challenged in the National Nanotechnology Initiative to research the development of miniature robots built from nano-sized components. These robots have very significant challenges, such as mobility and communication, given the small size and limited power generation capability. The research presented here has been focused on developing a communications system that has the potential for providing ultra-low power communications for robots such as these. In this paper an optical communications technique that is based on transmitting recognizable sets of photons is presented. Previously pairs of photons that have an entangled quantum state have been shown to be recognizable in ambient light. The main drawback to utilizing entangled photons is that they can only be generated through a very energy inefficient nonlinear process. In this paper a new technique that generates sets of photons from pulsed sources is described and an experimental system demonstrating this technique is presented. This technique of generating photon sets from pulsed sources has the distinct advantage in that it is much more flexible and energy efficient, and is well suited to take advantage of the very high energy efficiencies that are possible when using nano scale sources. For these reasons the communication system presented in this paper is well suited for use in very small, low power landers and rovers. In this paper a very low power optical communications system for miniature robots, as small as 1 cu cm is addressed. The communication system is a variant of photon counting communications. Instead of counting individual photons the system only counts the arrival of time coincident sets of photons. Using sets of photons significantly decreases the bit error rate because they are highly identifiable in the

  3. RESEARCH ON THE ARCHITECTURE OF AUTONOMOUS DEVELOPMENTAL ROBOT%自主发育智能机器人体系结构研究

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    王作为; 张汝波

    2011-01-01

    传统的机器人系统范式分类已经无法将新出现的方法和理论纳入其中.为此,首先从认知的角度重新对机器人的范式进行分类.新的范式分类涵盖了传统的系统范式,明确了自主发育在机器人系统范式中的地位.在此基础上,提出了自主发育智能机器人体系结构.该结构只需利用基本的感知能力和行动能力,分别利用感知发育模块、认知发育模块和行为发育模块实现自主感知分类、时空经验知识以及反应式行为的逐层发育.各发育模块之间互相依赖并可以同时学习,具有实时的自主发育能力.%Traditional robot classification paradigm can no longer cover new emerging methods and theories. For this reason, the paper firstly reclassifies the paradigm of robot architecture from the cognitive point of view. New paradigm classification not only covers the traditional paradigm, but also specifies the importance of autonomous development in the paradigm of robot architecture. On this basis, autonomous developmental robot architecture is proposed. The architecture only needs such fundamental capabilities as perception and action in order to achieve the hierarchical development of autonomous perception classification, spatio-temporal experience and reactive behavior with development modules for perception, cognitive and behavior separately. Development modules are interdependent and can learn synchronously so as to possess the capability of real-time autonomous development.

  4. Demonstration of a Semi-Autonomous Hybrid Brain-Machine Interface using Human Intracranial EEG, Eye Tracking, and Computer Vision to Control a Robotic Upper Limb Prosthetic

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    McMullen, David P.; Hotson, Guy; Katyal, Kapil D.; Wester, Brock A.; Fifer, Matthew S; McGee, Timothy G.; Harris, Andrew; Johannes, Matthew S; Vogelstein, R. Jacob; Ravitz, Alan D.; Anderson, William S.; Thakor, Nitish V.; Crone, Nathan E.

    2013-01-01

    To increase the ability of brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) to control advanced prostheses such as the modular prosthetic limb (MPL), we are developing a novel system: the Hybrid Augmented Reality Multimodal Operation Neural Integration Environment (HARMONIE). This system utilizes hybrid input, supervisory control, and intelligent robotics to allow users to identify an object (via eye tracking and computer vision) and initiate (via brain-control) a semi-autonomous reach-grasp-and-drop of the o...

  5. Kinematics Modeling of an Omnidirectional Autonomous Mobile Robot with Castor Wheels

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    Peng Yiqiang

    2006-01-01

    The kinematics model of an omnidirectional wheeled mobile robot (WMR) platform with 3 castor wheels was built, which includes the actuated inverse solution and the sensed forward solution. Motion simulations verify the consistency between the actuated inverse solution and the sensed forward solution. Analysis results show that the WMR possesses 3 degrees of freedom, and its motion trajectory is a straight line. The "pushing" and "pulling" motion patterns of the WMR can be generated by using different wheel orientations. It can be used in the places where the space is limited.

  6. SLAM for drones : simultaneous localization and mapping for autonomous flying robots

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    González de Rueda Ramos, José Manuel

    2012-01-01

    The main objective of this thesis is to be a reference in SLAM for future work in robotics. It goes from almost a zero-point for a non-expert in the field until a revision of the SoA methods. It has been carefully divided into four parts: - The first one is a compilation of the basis in computer vision. If you are new into the field, it is recommended to read it carefully to really understand the most important concepts that will be applied in further sections. - The second part will be a ful...

  7. Autonomous navigation and mapping of mobile robots based on 2D/3D cameras combination

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    Joochim, Chanin

    2011-01-01

    Aufgrund der tendenziell zunehmenden Nachfrage an Systemen zur Unterstützung des alltäglichen Lebens gibt es derzeit ein großes Interesse an autonomen Systemen. Autonome Systeme werden in Häusern, Büros, Museen sowie in Fabriken eingesetzt. Sie können verschiedene Aufgaben erledigen, beispielsweise beim Reinigen, als Helfer im Haushalt, im Bereich der Sicherheit und Bildung, im Supermarkt sowie im Empfang als Auskunft, weil sie dazu verwendet werden können, die Verarbeitungszeit zu kontrollie...

  8. Vector Field Driven Design for Lightweight Signal Processing and Control Schemes for Autonomous Robotic Navigation

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    Mathai, Nebu John; Zourntos, Takis; Kundur, Deepa

    2009-12-01

    We address the problem of realizing lightweight signal processing and control architectures for agents in multirobot systems. Motivated by the promising results of neuromorphic engineering which suggest the efficacy of analog as an implementation substrate for computation, we present the design of an analog-amenable signal processing scheme. We use control and dynamical systems theory both as a description language and as a synthesis toolset to rigorously develop our computational machinery; these mechanisms are mated with structural insights from behavior-based robotics to compose overall algorithmic architectures. Our perspective is that robotic behaviors consist of actions taken by an agent to cause its sensory perception of the environment to evolve in a desired manner. To provide an intuitive aid for designing these behavioral primitives we present a novel visual tool, inspired vector field design, that helps the designer to exploit the dynamics of the environment. We present simulation results and animation videos to demonstrate the signal processing and control architecture in action.

  9. Vector Field Driven Design for Lightweight Signal Processing and Control Schemes for Autonomous Robotic Navigation

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    Nebu John Mathai

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available We address the problem of realizing lightweight signal processing and control architectures for agents in multirobot systems. Motivated by the promising results of neuromorphic engineering which suggest the efficacy of analog as an implementation substrate for computation, we present the design of an analog-amenable signal processing scheme. We use control and dynamical systems theory both as a description language and as a synthesis toolset to rigorously develop our computational machinery; these mechanisms are mated with structural insights from behavior-based robotics to compose overall algorithmic architectures. Our perspective is that robotic behaviors consist of actions taken by an agent to cause its sensory perception of the environment to evolve in a desired manner. To provide an intuitive aid for designing these behavioral primitives we present a novel visual tool, inspired vector field design, that helps the designer to exploit the dynamics of the environment. We present simulation results and animation videos to demonstrate the signal processing and control architecture in action.

  10. 基于模糊控制的自主寻迹机器人研究%Study on Autonomous Tracing Robot Based on Fuzzy Control

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    黄大志; 张元良; 陈劲松

    2012-01-01

    Kinematics analysis about autonomous tracing robot was made. The relationship between robot speed and DC motors speed was build. Tracing sensors were symmetrically laid on the robot. The path was recognized using fuzzy control algorithm. It's proved by experiment that the system performance is good.%通过对自主寻迹机器人进行运动学分析,建立起机器人线速度、角速度与驱动电机速度的关系,设计了前后对称的寻迹传感器阵列,提出用模糊控制算法来进行运动路径的识别.经试验验证,该方法效果良好.

  11. CYCLOPS: A mobile robotic platform for testing and validating image processing and autonomous navigation algorithms in support of artificial vision prostheses.

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    Fink, Wolfgang; Tarbell, Mark A

    2009-12-01

    While artificial vision prostheses are quickly becoming a reality, actual testing time with visual prosthesis carriers is at a premium. Moreover, it is helpful to have a more realistic functional approximation of a blind subject. Instead of a normal subject with a healthy retina looking at a low-resolution (pixelated) image on a computer monitor or head-mounted display, a more realistic approximation is achieved by employing a subject-independent mobile robotic platform that uses a pixelated view as its sole visual input for navigation purposes. We introduce CYCLOPS: an AWD, remote controllable, mobile robotic platform that serves as a testbed for real-time image processing and autonomous navigation systems for the purpose of enhancing the visual experience afforded by visual prosthesis carriers. Complete with wireless Internet connectivity and a fully articulated digital camera with wireless video link, CYCLOPS supports both interactive tele-commanding via joystick, and autonomous self-commanding. Due to its onboard computing capabilities and extended battery life, CYCLOPS can perform complex and numerically intensive calculations, such as image processing and autonomous navigation algorithms, in addition to interfacing to additional sensors. Its Internet connectivity renders CYCLOPS a worldwide accessible testbed for researchers in the field of artificial vision systems. CYCLOPS enables subject-independent evaluation and validation of image processing and autonomous navigation systems with respect to the utility and efficiency of supporting and enhancing visual prostheses, while potentially reducing to a necessary minimum the need for valuable testing time with actual visual prosthesis carriers. PMID:19651459

  12. CYCLOPS: A mobile robotic platform for testing and validating image processing and autonomous navigation algorithms in support of artificial vision prostheses.

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    Fink, Wolfgang; Tarbell, Mark A

    2009-12-01

    While artificial vision prostheses are quickly becoming a reality, actual testing time with visual prosthesis carriers is at a premium. Moreover, it is helpful to have a more realistic functional approximation of a blind subject. Instead of a normal subject with a healthy retina looking at a low-resolution (pixelated) image on a computer monitor or head-mounted display, a more realistic approximation is achieved by employing a subject-independent mobile robotic platform that uses a pixelated view as its sole visual input for navigation purposes. We introduce CYCLOPS: an AWD, remote controllable, mobile robotic platform that serves as a testbed for real-time image processing and autonomous navigation systems for the purpose of enhancing the visual experience afforded by visual prosthesis carriers. Complete with wireless Internet connectivity and a fully articulated digital camera with wireless video link, CYCLOPS supports both interactive tele-commanding via joystick, and autonomous self-commanding. Due to its onboard computing capabilities and extended battery life, CYCLOPS can perform complex and numerically intensive calculations, such as image processing and autonomous navigation algorithms, in addition to interfacing to additional sensors. Its Internet connectivity renders CYCLOPS a worldwide accessible testbed for researchers in the field of artificial vision systems. CYCLOPS enables subject-independent evaluation and validation of image processing and autonomous navigation systems with respect to the utility and efficiency of supporting and enhancing visual prostheses, while potentially reducing to a necessary minimum the need for valuable testing time with actual visual prosthesis carriers.

  13. A novel autonomous, bioinspired swimming robot developed by neuroscientists and bioengineers

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    This paper describes the development of a new biorobotic platform inspired by the lamprey. Design, fabrication and implemented control are all based on biomechanical and neuroscientific findings on this eel-like fish. The lamprey model has been extensively studied and characterized in recent years because it possesses all basic functions and control mechanisms of higher vertebrates, while at the same time having fewer neurons and simplified neural structures. The untethered robot has a flexible body driven by compliant actuators with proprioceptive feedback. It also has binocular vision for vision-based navigation. The platform has been successfully and extensively experimentally tested in aquatic environments, has high energy efficiency and is ready to be used as investigation tool for high level motor tasks. (paper)

  14. RAFI - A Stereo Vision Based Autonomous Mobile Area Mapping Robot with 16 DOF

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    Md. Shafayat Hossain

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available RAFI is a self-driven mapping robot with 16 Degrees-of-Freedom (DOF. Its software development,structural and electrical design and mechanical construction are presented in this paper. RAFI moves withwheels having differential type motion with 2DOF. The head has 3 DOF sufficient for volumetric mappingby rotating the head in different directions and both hands have 5 DOF to empower its grip and carrying.An 8-bit microcontroller is used to control all the motors. 4 Ultrasonic-rangefinders have been used forobstacle-detection and avoidance which are also interfaced with the same microcontroller. Its head isequipped with two identical webcams for stereoscopic vision for generating 3D map of the field of viewafter generating disparity map. To optimize the computational speed and mapping accuracy images of640×480 resolution are 85% compressed and dynamic programming with image pyramiding by quadpyramidwithout sub-pixel estimation is pursued.

  15. A novel autonomous, bioinspired swimming robot developed by neuroscientists and bioengineers.

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    Stefanini, C; Orofino, S; Manfredi, L; Mintchev, S; Marrazza, S; Assaf, T; Capantini, L; Sinibaldi, E; Grillner, S; Wallén, P; Dario, P

    2012-06-01

    This paper describes the development of a new biorobotic platform inspired by the lamprey. Design, fabrication and implemented control are all based on biomechanical and neuroscientific findings on this eel-like fish. The lamprey model has been extensively studied and characterized in recent years because it possesses all basic functions and control mechanisms of higher vertebrates, while at the same time having fewer neurons and simplified neural structures. The untethered robot has a flexible body driven by compliant actuators with proprioceptive feedback. It also has binocular vision for vision-based navigation. The platform has been successfully and extensively experimentally tested in aquatic environments, has high energy efficiency and is ready to be used as investigation tool for high level motor tasks. PMID:22619181

  16. RAFI- A STEREO VISION BASED AUTONOMOUS MOBILE AREA MAPPING ROBOT WITH 16 DOF

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    Md. Shafayat Hossain

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available RAFI is a self-driven mapping robot with 16 Degrees-of-Freedom (DOF. Its software development, structural and electrical design and mechanical construction are presented in this paper. RAFI moves with wheels having differential type motion with 2DOF. The head has 3 DOF sufficient for volumetric mapping by rotating the head in different directions and both hands have 5 DOF to empower its grip and carrying. An 8-bit microcontroller is used to control all the motors. 4 Ultrasonic-rangefinders have been used for obstacle-detection and avoidance which are also interfaced with the same microcontroller. Its head is equipped with two identical webcams for stereoscopic vision for generating 3D map of the field of view after generating disparity map. To optimize the computational speed and mapping accuracy images of 640×480 resolution are 85% compressed and dynamic programming with image pyramiding by quadpyramid without sub-pixel estimation is pursued

  17. A novel autonomous, bioinspired swimming robot developed by neuroscientists and bioengineers.

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    Stefanini, C; Orofino, S; Manfredi, L; Mintchev, S; Marrazza, S; Assaf, T; Capantini, L; Sinibaldi, E; Grillner, S; Wallén, P; Dario, P

    2012-06-01

    This paper describes the development of a new biorobotic platform inspired by the lamprey. Design, fabrication and implemented control are all based on biomechanical and neuroscientific findings on this eel-like fish. The lamprey model has been extensively studied and characterized in recent years because it possesses all basic functions and control mechanisms of higher vertebrates, while at the same time having fewer neurons and simplified neural structures. The untethered robot has a flexible body driven by compliant actuators with proprioceptive feedback. It also has binocular vision for vision-based navigation. The platform has been successfully and extensively experimentally tested in aquatic environments, has high energy efficiency and is ready to be used as investigation tool for high level motor tasks.

  18. Adaptive fuzzy approach to modeling of operational space for autonomous mobile robots

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    Musilek, Petr; Gupta, Madan M.

    1998-10-01

    Robots operating in an unstructured environment need high level of modeling of their operational space in order to plan a suitable path from an initial position to a desired goal. From this perspective, operational space modeling seems to be crucial to ensure a sufficient level of autonomy. In order to compile the information from various sources, we propose a fuzzy approach to evaluate each unit region on a grid map by a certain value of transition cost. This value expresses the cost of movement over the unit region: the higher the value, the more expensive the movement through the region in terms of energy, time, danger, etc. The approach for modeling, proposed in this paper, employs fuzzy granulation of information on various terrain features and their combination based on a fuzzy neural network. In order to adapt to the changing environmental conditions, and to improve the validity of constructed cost maps on-line, the system can be endowed with learning abilities. The learning subsystem would change parameters of the fuzzy neural network based decision system by reinforcements derived from comparisons of the actual cost of transition with the cost obtained from the model.

  19. Volumetric mapping of tubeworm colonies in Kagoshima Bay through autonomous robotic surveys

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    Maki, Toshihiro; Kume, Ayaka; Ura, Tamaki

    2011-07-01

    We developed and tested a comprehensive method for measuring the three-dimensional distribution of tubeworm colonies using an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). We derived volumetric measurements such as the volume, area, average height, and number of tubes for colonies of Lamellibrachia satsuma, the world's shallowest-dwelling vestimentiferan tubeworm discovered at a depth of 82 m, at the Haorimushi site in Kagoshima Bay, Japan, by processing geometric and visual data obtained through low-altitude surveys using the AUV Tri-Dog 1. According to the results, the tubeworm colonies cover an area of 151.9 m 2, accounting for 5.8% of the observed area (2600 m 2). The total number of tubes was estimated to be 99,500. Morphological parameters such as area, volume, and average height were estimated for each colony. On the basis of average height, colonies could be clearly separated into two groups, short (0.1-0.3 m) and tall (0.6-0.7 m), independent of the area.

  20. Image processing for navigation on a mobile embedded platform: design of an autonomous mobile robot

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    Loose, Harald; Lemke, Christiane; Papazov, Chavdar

    2006-02-01

    This paper deals with intelligent mobile platforms connected to a camera controlled by a small hardware-platform called RCUBE. This platform is able to provide features of a typical actuator-sensor board with various inputs and outputs as well as computing power and image recognition capabilities. Several intelligent autonomous RCBUE devices can be equipped and programmed to participate in the BOSPORUS network. These components form an intelligent network for gathering sensor and image data, sensor data fusion, navigation and control of mobile platforms. The RCUBE platform provides a standalone solution for image processing, which will be explained and presented. It plays a major role for several components in a reference implementation of the BOSPORUS system. On the one hand, intelligent cameras will be positioned in the environment, analyzing the events from a fixed point of view and sharing their perceptions with other components in the system. On the other hand, image processing results will contribute to a reliable navigation of a mobile system, which is crucially important. Fixed landmarks and other objects appropriate for determining the position of a mobile system can be recognized. For navigation other methods are added, i.e. GPS calculations and odometers.

  1. Ultra-miniature omni-directional camera for an autonomous flying micro-robot

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    Ferrat, Pascal; Gimkiewicz, Christiane; Neukom, Simon; Zha, Yingyun; Brenzikofer, Alain; Baechler, Thomas

    2008-04-01

    CSEM presents a highly integrated ultra-miniature camera module with omni-directional view dedicated to autonomous micro flying devices. Very tight design and integration requirements (related to size, weight, and power consumption) for the optical, microelectronic and electronic components are fulfilled. The presented ultra-miniature camera platform is based on two major components: a catadioptric lens system and a dedicated image sensor. The optical system consists of a hyperbolic mirror and an imaging lens. The vertical field of view is +10° to -35°.The CMOS image sensor provides a polar pixel field with 128 (horizontal) by 64 (vertical) pixels. Since the number of pixels for each circle is constant, the unwrapped panoramic image achieves a constant resolution in polar direction for all image regions. The whole camera module, delivering 40 frames per second, contains optical image preprocessing for effortless re-mapping of the acquired image into undistorted cylindrical coordinates. The total weight of the complete camera is less than 5 g. The system's outer dimensions are 14.4 mm in height, with a 11.4 mm x 11.4 mm foot print. Thanks to the innovative PROGLOGTM, a dynamic range of over 140 dB is achieved.

  2. An Improved FastSLAM System Based on Distributed Structure for Autonomous Robot Navigation

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    Fu-jun Pei

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Fast simultaneous localization and mapping (FastSLAM is an efficient algorithm for autonomous navigation of mobile vehicle. However, FastSLAM must reconfigure the entire vehicle state equation when the feature points change, which causes an exponential growth in quantities of computation and difficulties in isolating potential faults. In order to overcome these limitations, an improved FastSLAM, based on the distributed structure, is developed in this paper. There are two state estimation parts designed in this improved FastSLAM. Firstly, a distributed unscented particle filter is used to avoid reconfiguring the entire system equation in the vehicle state estimation part. Secondly, in the landmarks estimation part, the observation model is designed as a linear one to update the landmarks states by using the linear observation errors. Then, the convergence of the proposed and improved FastSLAM algorithm is given in the sense of mean square. Finally, the simulation results show that the proposed distributed algorithm could reduce the computational complexity with high accuracy and high fault-tolerance performance.

  3. Editorial: "Network Robot Systems"

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    Sanfeliu, Alberto; Hagita, Norihiro; Saffiotti, Alessandro

    2008-01-01

    Network Robot Systems (NRS) is a new concept that integrates physical autonomous robots, environments sensors and human–robot interaction through network-based cooperation. The history of NRS is very new, starting in 2004 as Networked Robots, robots that work interconnected by Internet or by tele-operation, and then expanded to robots that share information of their own embedded sensors and the environment sensors, to do tasks with other robots and with human beings. NRS is not an integration...

  4. Low Cost Semi-Autonomous Agricultural Robots In Pakistan-Vision Based Navigation Scalable methodology for wheat harvesting

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    Ahmad, Muhammad Zubair; Akhtar, Ayyaz; Khan, Abdul Qadeer; Khan, Amir Ali; Khan, Muhammad Murtaza

    2015-01-01

    Robots have revolutionized our way of life in recent years.One of the domains that has not yet completely benefited from the robotic automation is the agricultural sector. Agricultural Robotics should complement humans in the arduous tasks during different sub-domains of this sector. Extensive research in Agricultural Robotics has been carried out in Japan, USA, Australia and Germany focusing mainly on the heavy agricultural machinery. Pakistan is an agricultural rich country and its economy ...

  5. Robotics_MobileRobot Navigation Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Robots and rovers exploring planets need to autonomously navigate to specified locations. Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) and the University of Minnesota...

  6. Master's in Autonomous Systems: An Overview of the Robotics Curriculum and Outcomes at ISEP, Portugal

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    Silva, E.; Almeida, J.; Martins, A.; Baptista, J. P.; Campos Neves, B.

    2013-01-01

    Robotics research in Portugal is increasing every year, but few students embrace it as one of their first choices for study. Until recently, job offers for engineers were plentiful, and those looking for a degree in science and technology would avoid areas considered to be demanding, like robotics. At the undergraduate level, robotics programs are…

  7. Biomass feeds vegetarian robot; Biomassa voedt vegetarische robot

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    Van den Brandt, M. [Office for Science and Technology, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Washington (United States)

    2009-09-15

    This brief article addresses the EATR robot (Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot) that was developed by Cyclone Power and uses biomass as primary source of energy for propulsion. [Dutch] Een kort artikel over de door Cyclone Power ontwikkelde EATR-robot (Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot) die voor de voortdrijving biomassa gebruikt als primaire energiebron.

  8. Research on Random Rotating Angle of Autonomous Mobile Robot%自主式移动机器人任意转角运动研究

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    翟永君

    2012-01-01

    文章结合AS-UII型自主移动机器人的结构,针对其任意角实现的困难,给出任意转角运动的算法思想,并进行实现,通过测试表明本文给出的算法切实可行。%Based on the structure of the autonomous mobile robot of AS-UII and the difficulties in realizing random rotating angle,the algorithm thinking of random rotating angle is given and achieved.The paper shows the algorithm is feasible through the test.

  9. Towards Sociable Robots

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    Ngo, Trung Dung

    This thesis studies aspects of self-sufficient energy (energy autonomy) for truly autonomous robots and towards sociable robots. Over sixty years of history of robotics through three developmental ages containing single robot, multi-robot systems, and social (sociable) robots, the main objective...... of roboticists mostly focuses on how to make a robotic system function autonomously and further, socially. However, such approaches mostly emphasize behavioural autonomy, rather than energy autonomy which is the key factor for not only any living machine, but for life on the earth. Consequently, self......-sufficient energy is one of the challenges for not only single robot or multi-robot systems, but also social and sociable robots. This thesis is to deal with energy autonomy for multi-robot systems through energy sharing (trophallaxis) in which each robot is equipped with two capabilities: self-refueling energy...

  10. Hybridation GPS/Vision monoculaire pour la navigation autonome d'un robot en milieu extérieur

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    Codol, Jean-Marie

    2012-01-01

    We are witnessing nowadays the importation of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) in robotics. These technologies will give birth, in upcoming years, to the general public service robotics. This future, if realised, shall be the result of many research conducted in several domains: mechatronics, telecommunications, automatics, signal and image processing, artificial intelligence ... One particularly interesting aspect in mobile robotics is hence the simultaneous localisation and m...

  11. Robots

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    1997-01-01

    一篇介绍机器人的文章写得如此耐读,如此清新! 首先.我们弄清了robot一词的来历: It was used first in 1920 in a play by Czcchoslovak writer Karel Capek.The wordrobot comes from the Czech word for slave. 上句提供了一个时间:1920。文章接着便抓住这个时间做文章: 且The word robot.and robots themselves are less than 100 years old.But humanshave been dreaming of real and imaginary copies of themselves for thousands of years. 文章就这样写出了波澜,1920年和 thousands of years自然而然构成了强烈对比。1954年和1960s是两个谈及机器人时不得不一提的时间: In 1954,the world’s first robot was produced in the United States. During the 1960s,the first industrial robots appeared beside human workers infactories.下面这句让我们体味到 the Czech word for slave中的 slave不仅言之有理,而且影视和小说里的机器人“造反”,进而 killed the humans who made them的情节也“事出有因”: What do today’s robots do?Robots do work.Work that human consideruninteresting or dangerous.…do many jobs that people consider tiring. 本文将机器人的“功过”放在一起写,笔

  12. Robotics Horizon

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    Penders, Jacques

    2014-01-01

    The Rt Hon David Willets, minister for Universities and Science identified the importance of Robotics and Autonomous Systems as a general technology: 'Robots acting independently of human control - which can learn, adapt and take decisions - will revolutionise our economy and society over the next 20 years' (Willetts 2013). The current report has the focus on the societal aspect of this revolution and briefly sets out the landscape of current and future robotic systems applied in everyday...

  13. Evolutionary humanoid robotics

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    Eaton, Malachy

    2015-01-01

    This book examines how two distinct strands of research on autonomous robots, evolutionary robotics and humanoid robot research, are converging. The book will be valuable for researchers and postgraduate students working in the areas of evolutionary robotics and bio-inspired computing.

  14. Does It "Want" or "Was It Programmed to..."? Kindergarten Children's Explanations of an Autonomous Robot's Adaptive Functioning

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    Levy, Sharona T.; Mioduser, David

    2008-01-01

    This study investigates young children's perspectives in explaining a self-regulating mobile robot, as they learn to program its behaviors from rules. We explore their descriptions of a robot in action to determine the nature of their explanatory frameworks: psychological or technological. We have also studied the role of an adult's intervention…

  15. Self-balance Learning of Two-wheeled Robot Based on Autonomous Operant Conditioning Automata%基于AOCA仿生学习模型的两轮机器人自主平衡学习研究

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    戴丽珍; 杨刚; 阮晓钢

    2014-01-01

    Since the gradual learning process like humans or animals of two-wheeled robot cannot be realized by the traditional control methods, an autonomous operant conditioning automaton (AOCA) is established based on Skinner0s theory of operant conditioning for self-balance learning control of robots. A bionic learning algorithm based on AOCA is proposed to balance the two-wheeled robot. The corresponding simulation experiments for self-balance learning control of the two wheeled robot are given, in which the robot effectively realizes autonomous balance. Theoretical analysis and simulation show that the autonomous operant conditioning automata bionic learning model applied to the two-wheeled robot for autonomous balance learning control makes the robot progressive formation of self-organization, development and improvement of its balance.%以两轮机器人的自主平衡学习控制为研究对象,针对传统控制方法无法实现机器人类似人或动物的渐进学习过程,依据斯金纳的操作条件反射理论建立了一种自治操作条件反射自动机(Autonomous operant conditioning automaton, AOCA)模型,设计一种基于AOCA的仿生学习算法,并进行机器人姿态平衡学习实验仿真研究。实验结果表明,基于AOCA的仿生学习方法能有效地实现机器人的自主平衡学习控制,机器人系统的平衡能力在学习控制过程中自组织地渐进形成,并得以发展和完善。

  16. Proceedings of the 1989 CESAR/CEA (Center for Engineering Systems Advanced Research/Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique) workshop on autonomous mobile robots (May 30--June 1, 1989)

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    Harber, K.S.; Pin, F.G. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA). Center for Engineering Systems Advanced Research)

    1990-03-01

    The US DOE Center for Engineering Systems Advanced Research (CESAR) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique's (CEA) Office de Robotique et Productique within the Directorat a la Valorization are working toward a long-term cooperative agreement and relationship in the area of Intelligent Systems Research (ISR). This report presents the proceedings of the first CESAR/CEA Workshop on Autonomous Mobile Robots which took place at ORNL on May 30, 31 and June 1, 1989. The purpose of the workshop was to present and discuss methodologies and algorithms under development at the two facilities in the area of perception and navigation for autonomous mobile robots in unstructured environments. Experimental demonstration of the algorithms and comparison of some of their features were proposed to take place within the framework of a previously mutually agreed-upon demonstration scenario or base-case.'' The base-case scenario described in detail in Appendix A, involved autonomous navigation by the robot in an a priori unknown environment with dynamic obstacles, in order to reach a predetermined goal. From the intermediate goal location, the robot had to search for and locate a control panel, move toward it, and dock in front of the panel face. The CESAR demonstration was successfully accomplished using the HERMIES-IIB robot while subsets of the CEA demonstration performed using the ARES robot simulation and animation system were presented. The first session of the workshop focused on these experimental demonstrations and on the needs and considerations for establishing benchmarks'' for testing autonomous robot control algorithms.

  17. Self-reconfiguring microservices

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    Gabbrielli, Maurizio; Giallorenzo, Saverio; Guidi, Claudio;

    2016-01-01

    of distributed systems in the Cloud. However, their dynamic nature calls for suitable techniques for their automatic deployment. In this paper we address this problem and we propose JRO (Jolie Redeployment Optimiser), a tool for the automatic and optimised deployment of microservices written in the Jolie...... language. The tool uses Zephyrus, a state of the art tool that automatically generates a fully detailed Service- Oriented Architecture configuration starting from a partial and abstract description of the target application....

  18. 全自主机器人足球系统的全局地图构建研究%Building global map in autonomous robot soccer system

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    张学习; 杨宜民; 谢云

    2011-01-01

    This paper is concerned with the cooperation between robots in building a global map. Based on the local map-building through multi-sensors carried by a single robot, this paper studies the monocular front-vision modeling method. Meanwhile, we elaborate two information fusion methods: density-based spatial clustering of applications with noise(DBSCAN) clustering algorithm and maximum likelihood estimate fusion algorithm. By these two methods, the in- formation about the location of opponent robots and the information about the location of the ball are fused, thus, a global map is built. Experimental results show that through the cooperation of robots, a global map can be accurately built, which compensates the information limitation in sensors of each single robot, and meets requirements in map-building in the dynamic environment of autonomous robot soccer tournament.%研究和讨论了如何通过多机器人的协作,实现全局地图的构建.在单个机器人通过自身携带的多传感器进行局部地图构建的基础上,研究了前向单目视觉传感器的建模方法,在此观测模型的基础上,用极大似然融合算法对球的位置信息进行融合,而对于多机器人返回的对方机器人位置信息,使用基于密度的空间聚类算法(DBSCAN)进行信息融合,从而实现全局地图构建.实验结果表明,通过多机器人的协作,可以准确地构建出全局地图,弥补了单个机器人自身传感器的有限感知范围,本文研究的方法完全满足全自主机器人足球比赛中动态环境地图构建的需要.

  19. Robot Aesthetics

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    Jochum, Elizabeth Ann; Putnam, Lance Jonathan

    This paper considers art-based research practice in robotics through a discussion of our course and relevant research projects in autonomous art. The undergraduate course integrates basic concepts of computer science, robotic art, live performance and aesthetic theory. Through practice......-based research that includes devised performance and art practice, we demonstrate how art-based research in the humanities can help bridge the gap between artistic practice and engineering. Given the proliferation of interactive, systems-based art works and the continued interest in human-centered factors...... in robotics research (such as aesthetics, culture and perception), we believe robot aesthetics is an important area for research in contemporary aesthetics....

  20. RESEARCH ON KEY TECHNIQUES AND DEVELOPMENT OF OUTDOOR INTELLIGENT AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOT%室外智能移动机器人的发展及其关键技术研究

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    欧青立; 何克忠

    2000-01-01

    Outdoor intelligent autonomous mobile robot that will be applied widely is one of hotspots in theresearch of the robot. This paper analyzes some representative outdoor mobile robots, and surveys the studystatus and the development of the key techniques in the research of the outdoor autonomous mobile robots.The key techniques include the control architecture of mobile robots, the real-time processing of robot visualinformations, the position system of the vehicle, the integration and fusion of multisensor informations, thepath planning and the vehicle control.%室外智能移动机器人有着广泛的应用前景,是机器人研究中的热点之一.本文分析了在室外移动机器人发展中有着代表意义的几个典型系统,进而论述了室外移动机器人研究中的若干关键技术的研究现状及发展水平.这些关键技术包括移动机器人的控制体系结构、机器人视觉信息的实时处理技术、车体的定位系统、多传感器信息的集成与融合技术以及路径规划技术与车体控制技术等.

  1. Habituation: a non-associative learning rule design for spiking neurons and an autonomous mobile robots implementation

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    This paper presents a novel bio-inspired habituation function for robots under control by an artificial spiking neural network. This non-associative learning rule is modelled at the synaptic level and validated through robotic behaviours in reaction to different stimuli patterns in a dynamical virtual 3D world. Habituation is minimally represented to show an attenuated response after exposure to and perception of persistent external stimuli. Based on current neurosciences research, the originality of this rule includes modulated response to variable frequencies of the captured stimuli. Filtering out repetitive data from the natural habituation mechanism has been demonstrated to be a key factor in the attention phenomenon, and inserting such a rule operating at multiple temporal dimensions of stimuli increases a robot's adaptive behaviours by ignoring broader contextual irrelevant information. (paper)

  2. Habituation: a non-associative learning rule design for spiking neurons and an autonomous mobile robots implementation.

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    Cyr, André; Boukadoum, Mounir

    2013-03-01

    This paper presents a novel bio-inspired habituation function for robots under control by an artificial spiking neural network. This non-associative learning rule is modelled at the synaptic level and validated through robotic behaviours in reaction to different stimuli patterns in a dynamical virtual 3D world. Habituation is minimally represented to show an attenuated response after exposure to and perception of persistent external stimuli. Based on current neurosciences research, the originality of this rule includes modulated response to variable frequencies of the captured stimuli. Filtering out repetitive data from the natural habituation mechanism has been demonstrated to be a key factor in the attention phenomenon, and inserting such a rule operating at multiple temporal dimensions of stimuli increases a robot's adaptive behaviours by ignoring broader contextual irrelevant information.

  3. Demonstration of a semi-autonomous hybrid brain-machine interface using human intracranial EEG, eye tracking, and computer vision to control a robotic upper limb prosthetic.

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    McMullen, David P; Hotson, Guy; Katyal, Kapil D; Wester, Brock A; Fifer, Matthew S; McGee, Timothy G; Harris, Andrew; Johannes, Matthew S; Vogelstein, R Jacob; Ravitz, Alan D; Anderson, William S; Thakor, Nitish V; Crone, Nathan E

    2014-07-01

    To increase the ability of brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) to control advanced prostheses such as the modular prosthetic limb (MPL), we are developing a novel system: the Hybrid Augmented Reality Multimodal Operation Neural Integration Environment (HARMONIE). This system utilizes hybrid input, supervisory control, and intelligent robotics to allow users to identify an object (via eye tracking and computer vision) and initiate (via brain-control) a semi-autonomous reach-grasp-and-drop of the object by the MPL. Sequential iterations of HARMONIE were tested in two pilot subjects implanted with electrocorticographic (ECoG) and depth electrodes within motor areas. The subjects performed the complex task in 71.4% (20/28) and 67.7% (21/31) of trials after minimal training. Balanced accuracy for detecting movements was 91.1% and 92.9%, significantly greater than chance accuracies (p system improvements implemented for the second subject. Our hybrid-BMI design prevented all but one baseline false positive from initiating the system. The novel approach demonstrated in this proof-of-principle study, using hybrid input, supervisory control, and intelligent robotics, addresses limitations of current BMIs. PMID:24760914

  4. Demonstration of a semi-autonomous hybrid brain-machine interface using human intracranial EEG, eye tracking, and computer vision to control a robotic upper limb prosthetic.

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    McMullen, David P; Hotson, Guy; Katyal, Kapil D; Wester, Brock A; Fifer, Matthew S; McGee, Timothy G; Harris, Andrew; Johannes, Matthew S; Vogelstein, R Jacob; Ravitz, Alan D; Anderson, William S; Thakor, Nitish V; Crone, Nathan E

    2014-07-01

    To increase the ability of brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) to control advanced prostheses such as the modular prosthetic limb (MPL), we are developing a novel system: the Hybrid Augmented Reality Multimodal Operation Neural Integration Environment (HARMONIE). This system utilizes hybrid input, supervisory control, and intelligent robotics to allow users to identify an object (via eye tracking and computer vision) and initiate (via brain-control) a semi-autonomous reach-grasp-and-drop of the object by the MPL. Sequential iterations of HARMONIE were tested in two pilot subjects implanted with electrocorticographic (ECoG) and depth electrodes within motor areas. The subjects performed the complex task in 71.4% (20/28) and 67.7% (21/31) of trials after minimal training. Balanced accuracy for detecting movements was 91.1% and 92.9%, significantly greater than chance accuracies (p system improvements implemented for the second subject. Our hybrid-BMI design prevented all but one baseline false positive from initiating the system. The novel approach demonstrated in this proof-of-principle study, using hybrid input, supervisory control, and intelligent robotics, addresses limitations of current BMIs.

  5. Behavior-Based Approach for the Detection of Land Mines Utilizing off the Shelf Low Cost Autonomous Robot

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    Abdel Ilah Nour Alshbatat

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Several countries all of the world are affected by landmines. The presence of mines represents a major threat to lives and causes economic problems. Currently, detecting and clearing mines demand specific expertise with special equipment. In this context, this paper offers the design and development of an intelligent controller which can control and enable the robot to detect mines by means of sensors and of processing the fused information to guide soldiers when passing landmines.  This is accomplished by broken down the overall system into two subsystems: sensor technologies and robotic device. Sensors devices include infrared distance sensor, metal detector, ultrasonic range finder, accelerometer sensor, while the structure of the robot in our case consists mainly  of a commercial  off-the-shelf  parts which  are  available  at  low  costs. The proposed controller is mainly based on creating fuzzy rules that reflect the behaviors of soldier beings in controlling a robot in a well known landmine. Simulation and experimental results are presented her to prove the efficiency of the proposed approach. The results show that the system is able to detect landmines and guide soldiers while crossing mines area.

  6. Robot vision for nuclear advanced robot

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    This paper describes Robot Vision and Operation System for Nuclear Advanced Robot. This Robot Vision consists of robot position detection, obstacle detection and object recognition. With these vision techniques, a mobile robot can make a path and move autonomously along the planned path. The authors implemented the above robot vision system on the 'Advanced Robot for Nuclear Power Plant' and tested in an environment mocked up as nuclear power plant facilities. Since the operation system for this robot consists of operator's console and a large stereo monitor, this system can be easily operated by one person. Experimental tests were made using the Advanced Robot (nuclear robot). Results indicate that the proposed operation system is very useful, and can be operate by only person. (author)

  7. The research of mobile robot's infrared remote control and autonomous obstacle avoidance technology%移动机器人红外遥控及自主避障技术研究

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    孙俊焘

    2014-01-01

    The infrared remote control and autonomous obstacle avoidance technology of the mobile robot platform was researched. The technic of the infrared sending and incepting which was controlled by microcontroller was used to control the mobile robot remotely.Microcontroller was used as the examination and the control core of the remote controlled mobile robot platform. We will research Mobile robot's autonomous obstacle avoidance use of infrared sensing technology. The experiments show that robot infrared remote control platform to achieve control of the microcontroller features and remote control functions.%本文针对移动机器人平台特别是机械手的红外。控以及自主避障技术进行了初步研究。采用单片机的红外线编码和解码技术来实现该移动机器人平台的。控。使用单片机作为。控机器人的平台的检测和控制核心,并且基于红外传感技术研究其实现自主避障的可行方法。实验证明,移动机器人的红外。控平台能够实现单片机控制的多种功能和。控功能。

  8. Development of an Accurate Low-cost Ultrasonic Localization System for Autonomous Mobile Robots in Indoor Environments

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    Yong-hwi KIM; Ui-kyu SONG; Byung-kook KIM

    2010-01-01

    An accurate low-cost ultrasonic localization system is developed for automated nobile robots in indoor environments,which is essential for automatic navigation of mobile robots with various tasks.Although ultrasonic sensors are more cost-effective than other sensors such as Laser Range Finder(LR F)and visit,but they are inaccurate and directionally ambiguous.First,the matched filter is used to measure the distance accurately.For resolving the computational complexity of the matched filter,a new matched filter algorithm with simple computation is proposed.Then,an ultrasonic localization system is peoposed which consists of three ultrasonic receivers and two or more transmitters for improving position and orientation accuracy was developed.Finally,an extended Kalman filter is designed to estimate both the static and dynamic positions and orientations.Various simulations and experimental results show that the proposed system is effective.

  9. Blending of brain-machine interface and vision-guided autonomous robotics improves neuroprosthetic arm performance during grasping

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    Downey, John E; Weiss, Jeffrey M.; Muelling, Katharina; Venkatraman, Arun; Valois, Jean-Sebastien; Hebert, Martial; Bagnell, J. Andrew; Schwartz, Andrew B.; Collinger, Jennifer L.

    2016-01-01

    Background Recent studies have shown that brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) offer great potential for restoring upper limb function. However, grasping objects is a complicated task and the signals extracted from the brain may not always be capable of driving these movements reliably. Vision-guided robotic assistance is one possible way to improve BMI performance. We describe a method of shared control where the user controls a prosthetic arm using a BMI and receives assistance with positioning ...

  10. Walking control of small size humanoid robot: HAJIME ROBOT 18

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    Sakamoto, Hajime; Nakatsu, Ryohei

    2007-12-01

    HAJIME ROBOT 18 is a fully autonomous biped robot. It has been developed for RoboCup which is a worldwide soccer competition of robots. It is necessary for a robot to have high mobility to play soccer. High speed walking and all directional walking are important to approach and to locate in front of a ball. HAJIME ROBOT achieved these walking. This paper describes walking control of a small size humanoid robot 'HAJIME ROBOT 18' and shows the measurement result of ZMP (Zero Moment Point). HAJIME ROBOT won the Robotics Society of Japan Award in RoboCup 2005 and in RoboCup 2006 Japan Open.

  11. Online Learning for Robot Vision

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    Öfjäll, Kristoffer

    2014-01-01

    In tele-operated robotics applications, the primary information channel from the robot to its human operator is a video stream. For autonomous robotic systems however, a much larger selection of sensors is employed, although the most relevant information for the operation of the robot is still available in a single video stream. The issue lies in autonomously interpreting the visual data and extracting the relevant information, something humans and animals perform strikingly well. On the othe...

  12. Niche Pseudo-Parallel Genetic Algorithms for Path Optimization of Autonomous Mobile Robot - A Specific Application of TSP

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    Shen, Zhihua; Zhao, Yingkai

    2008-01-01

    The research, based on combination of niche genetic algorithm and pseudo parallel genetic algorithm, comes into being NPPGA technique which both considers the rate of genetic evolution and diversity of population. The strategy seems to be able to restrain the premature among population and closely cooperate with each other to improve the overall search performance. We presented NPPGA and used a single step NPPGA to figure out the optimal paths in “Robot tour around Pekin”, which is a prac...

  13. Flip-chip electronic system assembly process and issues for the NanoWalker: a small wireless autonomous instrumented robot

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    Martel, Sylvain M.; Riley, George A.; Merchant, Monisha; Hunter, Ian W.; Lafontaine, Serge

    1999-08-01

    The integration of complex electronic systems onto small- scale robots requires advanced assembly methods. The NanoWalker is an example of such a robot where a large amount of electronics must be embedded in the smallest possible space. To make a space-efficient implementation, electronic chips are mounted using flip chip technology on a pre-bumped flexible printed circuit (FPC). A 3D structure is obtained by mounting the FPC vertically in a triangular fashion above a tripod built with three small piezo-actuated legs used for the walking and rotational motions. Advanced computer aided design systems are used for the design and to generate manufacturing files. Unlike other commercial products such as cellular phones, watches, pagers, cameras, and disk drives that use flip chip technology to achieve the smallest form factor, the assembly process of the NanoWalker is directly dependent on other characteristics of the system. Minimization of coupling noises through proper FPC layout and die placement within temperature constraints due to the proximity of sensitive instrument was a critical factor. The effect of vibration caused by the piezo- actuators and the weight of each die were also other important issues to consider to determine the final placement in order to maintain proper sub-atomic motion behavior.

  14. Toward Integrated Soccer Robots

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    Shen, Wei-Min; Adibi, Jafar; Adobbati, Rogelio; Cho, Bonghan; Erdem, Ali; Moradi, Hadi; Salemi, Behnam; Tejada, Sheila

    1998-01-01

    Robot soccer competition provides an excellent opportunity for integrated robotics research. In particular, robot players in a soccer game must recognize and track objects in real time, navigate in a dynamic field, collaborate with teammates, and strike the ball in the correct direction. All these tasks demand robots that are autonomous (sensing, thinking, and acting as independent creatures), efficient (functioning under time and resource constraints), cooperative (collaborating with each ot...

  15. Niche pseudo-parallel genetic algorithms for path optimization of autonomous mobile robot%小生境伪并行遗传算法在全自主移动机器人路径规划中的应用

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    沈志华; 赵英凯; 吴炜炜

    2006-01-01

    A new genetic algorithm named niche pseudo-parallel genetic algorithm (NPPGA) is presented for path evolution and genetic op timization of autonomous mobile robot. The NPPGA is an effective improvement to maintain the population diversity as well for the sake of avoiding premature and strengthen parallelism of the population to accelerate the search process combined with niche genetic algorithms and pseudo-parallel genetic algorithms. The proposed approach is evaluated by robotic path optimization, which is a specific application of traveler salesman problem (TSP). Experimental results indicated that a shortest path could be obtained in the practical traveling salesman problem named "Robot tour around Pekin", and the performance conducted by NPPGA is better than simple genetic algorithm (SGA) and distributed paralell genetic algorithms (DPGA).

  16. Fuzzy Sets in Dynamic Adaptation of Parameters of a Bee Colony Optimization for Controlling the Trajectory of an Autonomous Mobile Robot

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    Amador-Angulo, Leticia; Mendoza, Olivia; Castro, Juan R.; Rodríguez-Díaz, Antonio; Melin, Patricia; Castillo, Oscar

    2016-01-01

    A hybrid approach composed by different types of fuzzy systems, such as the Type-1 Fuzzy Logic System (T1FLS), Interval Type-2 Fuzzy Logic System (IT2FLS) and Generalized Type-2 Fuzzy Logic System (GT2FLS) for the dynamic adaptation of the alpha and beta parameters of a Bee Colony Optimization (BCO) algorithm is presented. The objective of the work is to focus on the BCO technique to find the optimal distribution of the membership functions in the design of fuzzy controllers. We use BCO specifically for tuning membership functions of the fuzzy controller for trajectory stability in an autonomous mobile robot. We add two types of perturbations in the model for the Generalized Type-2 Fuzzy Logic System to better analyze its behavior under uncertainty and this shows better results when compared to the original BCO. We implemented various performance indices; ITAE, IAE, ISE, ITSE, RMSE and MSE to measure the performance of the controller. The experimental results show better performances using GT2FLS then by IT2FLS and T1FLS in the dynamic adaptation the parameters for the BCO algorithm. PMID:27618062

  17. Fuzzy Sets in Dynamic Adaptation of Parameters of a Bee Colony Optimization for Controlling the Trajectory of an Autonomous Mobile Robot.

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    Amador-Angulo, Leticia; Mendoza, Olivia; Castro, Juan R; Rodríguez-Díaz, Antonio; Melin, Patricia; Castillo, Oscar

    2016-01-01

    A hybrid approach composed by different types of fuzzy systems, such as the Type-1 Fuzzy Logic System (T1FLS), Interval Type-2 Fuzzy Logic System (IT2FLS) and Generalized Type-2 Fuzzy Logic System (GT2FLS) for the dynamic adaptation of the alpha and beta parameters of a Bee Colony Optimization (BCO) algorithm is presented. The objective of the work is to focus on the BCO technique to find the optimal distribution of the membership functions in the design of fuzzy controllers. We use BCO specifically for tuning membership functions of the fuzzy controller for trajectory stability in an autonomous mobile robot. We add two types of perturbations in the model for the Generalized Type-2 Fuzzy Logic System to better analyze its behavior under uncertainty and this shows better results when compared to the original BCO. We implemented various performance indices; ITAE, IAE, ISE, ITSE, RMSE and MSE to measure the performance of the controller. The experimental results show better performances using GT2FLS then by IT2FLS and T1FLS in the dynamic adaptation the parameters for the BCO algorithm. PMID:27618062

  18. Autonomous Integrated Navigation for Indoor Robots Utilizing On-Line Iterated Extended Rauch-Tung-Striebel Smoothing

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    Yuan Xu

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available In order to reduce the estimated errors of the inertial navigation system (INS/Wireless sensor network (WSN-integrated navigation for mobile robots indoors, this work proposes an on-line iterated extended Rauch-Tung-Striebel smoothing (IERTSS utilizing inertial measuring units (IMUs and an ultrasonic positioning system. In this mode, an iterated Extended Kalman filter (IEKF is used in forward data processing of the Extended Rauch-Tung-Striebel smoothing (ERTSS to improve the accuracy of the filtering output for the smoother. Furthermore, in order to achieve the on-line smoothing, IERTSS is embedded into the average filter. For verification, a real indoor test has been done to assess the performance of the proposed method. The results show that the proposed method is effective in reducing the errors compared with the conventional schemes.

  19. Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems

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    Jitendra R. Raol; Ajith Gopal

    2010-01-01

    Mobile intelligent autonomous systems (MIAS) is a fast emerging research area. Although it can be regarded as a general R&D area, it is mainly directed towards robotics. Several important subtopics within MIAS research are:(i) perception and reasoning, (ii) mobility and navigation,(iii) haptics and teleoperation, (iv) image fusion/computervision, (v) modelling of manipulators, (vi) hardware/software architectures for planning and behaviour learning leadingto robotic architecture, (vii) ve...

  20. 知识化制造系统产品工艺路线的自重构%Self-reconfiguration of product process routes in knowledgeable manufacturing systems

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    万晓琴; 严洪森

    2013-01-01

    To meet dynamic product demand changes,a self-reconfiguration of product process routes in Knowledgeable Manufacturing Systems (KMS) was studied.To minimize the work-in-process level and the number of process operations reassigned among the different machines without violating production rate,a mathematical model of process route self-reconfiguration was constructed on the premise of satisfying operation precedence,complete machining and operation-machine assign feasibility constraints.An Improved Chaotic Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm (IC-NSGA) was put forward,and a Skew Tent map with random parameters was adopted to perturb chromosome and to avoid the search being trapped in local optimum.A decode algorithm based on operation precedence matrix and candidate machines set was designed to obtain a feasible operation sequence and processing machine sequence A case study was presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the model and the algorithm,and the results provided the decision maker with several optional process route plans.%为满足动态多变的产品需求,研究了知识化制造产品工艺路线自重构问题.以最小化平均在制品水平和最小化重构后各工序在机器上的分配变动数目为目标,在满足生产率、工序优先顺序、工件加工完整性、机器加工可行性约束的前提下,对产品工艺路线重构问题进行数学建模.提出了改进的混沌非支配排序遗传算法,利用带随机参数的Skew Tent映射对种群个体进行扰动,避免搜索陷入局部最优.设计了基于工序优先约束矩阵和候选机器集的解码方法,可获得产品可行的加工工序序列及加工机器序列.通过实例研究验证了模型和算法的有效性,为决策者提供了多种可选工艺路线重构方案.

  1. Hybrid Motion Planning Method for Autonomous Robots Using Kinect Based Sensor Fusion and Virtual Plane Approach in Dynamic Environments

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    Doopalam Tuvshinjargal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A new reactive motion planning method for an autonomous vehicle in dynamic environments is proposed. The new dynamic motion planning method combines a virtual plane based reactive motion planning technique with a sensor fusion based obstacle detection approach, which results in improving robustness and autonomy of vehicle navigation within unpredictable dynamic environments. The key feature of the new reactive motion planning method is based on a local observer in the virtual plane which allows the effective transformation of complex dynamic planning problems into simple stationary in the virtual plane. In addition, a sensor fusion based obstacle detection technique provides the pose estimation of moving obstacles by using a Kinect sensor and a sonar sensor, which helps to improve the accuracy and robustness of the reactive motion planning approach in uncertain dynamic environments. The performance of the proposed method was demonstrated through not only simulation studies but also field experiments using multiple moving obstacles even in hostile environments where conventional method failed.

  2. Autonomous surveillance for biosecurity.

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    Jurdak, Raja; Elfes, Alberto; Kusy, Branislav; Tews, Ashley; Hu, Wen; Hernandez, Emili; Kottege, Navinda; Sikka, Pavan

    2015-04-01

    The global movement of people and goods has increased the risk of biosecurity threats and their potential to incur large economic, social, and environmental costs. Conventional manual biosecurity surveillance methods are limited by their scalability in space and time. This article focuses on autonomous surveillance systems, comprising sensor networks, robots, and intelligent algorithms, and their applicability to biosecurity threats. We discuss the spatial and temporal attributes of autonomous surveillance technologies and map them to three broad categories of biosecurity threat: (i) vector-borne diseases; (ii) plant pests; and (iii) aquatic pests. Our discussion reveals a broad range of opportunities to serve biosecurity needs through autonomous surveillance. PMID:25744760

  3. Survey on research and development of reconfigurable modular robots

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    Jinguo Liu

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available This article presents a comprehensive survey of reconfigurable modular robots, which covers the origin, history, the state of the art, key technologies, challenges, and applications of reconfigurable modular robots. An elaborative classification of typical reconfigurable modular robots is proposed based on the characteristics of the modules and the reconfiguration mechanism. As the system characteristics of reconfigurable modular robots are mainly dependent on the functions of modules, the mechanical and electrical design features of modules of typical reconfigurable modular robots are discussed in detail. Furthermore, an in-depth comparison analysis is conducted, which encompasses discussions of module shape, module degrees of freedom, module attribute, connection mechanisms, interface autonomy, locomotion modes, and workspace. Meanwhile, many reconfigurable modular robot researches focus on the study of self-X capabilities (i.e. self-reconfiguration, self-assembly, self-adaption, etc., which embodies autonomy performance of reconfigurable modular robots in certain extent. An evolutionary cobweb evaluation model is proposed in this article to evaluate the autonomy level of reconfigurable modular robots. Although various reconfigurable modular robots have been developed and some of them have been put into practical applications such as search and rescue missions, there still exist many open theoretical, technical, and practical challenges in this field. This work is hopefully to offer a reference for the further developments of reconfigurable modular robots.

  4. A Path Planning Algorithm Based on Convex Hull for Autonomous Service Robot%一种基于凸壳的智能服务机器人路径规划算法

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    杨毅; 刘亚辰; 刘明阳; 付梦印

    2011-01-01

    A path planning algorithm based on convex hull is applied to autonomous service robot in this paper. Firstly, the coordinates of ball positions are determined by using Haar-like features classifier, the coordinate of robot's position and its heading are determined by using the method based on color model. According to the features of the robot itself, the balls in a certain range can be treated as one target point. Then a better ball-picking path is elaborated with a path planning algorithm based on convex hull, which takes the target points as the input of algorithm. The algorithm alleviates the robot's motion cost and improves the ball-picking efficiency of the autonomous service robot obviously.%将一种基于凸壳的路径规划算法应用于体育场智能服务机器人,首先采用基于Haar特征分类器的方法确定球的坐标,采用基于颜色模型的方法确定机器人的位置及航向,并根据机器人的自身特点,将一定范围内的多个球视为一个目标点处理;然后以目标点坐标作为算法输入,采用基于凸壳的路径规划算法得到一条较优的捡球路径.该算法可以降低机器人的捡球运动代价,有效提高机器人的捡球效率.

  5. Robotic intelligence kernel

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    Bruemmer, David J.

    2009-11-17

    A robot platform includes perceptors, locomotors, and a system controller. The system controller executes a robot intelligence kernel (RIK) that includes a multi-level architecture and a dynamic autonomy structure. The multi-level architecture includes a robot behavior level for defining robot behaviors, that incorporate robot attributes and a cognitive level for defining conduct modules that blend an adaptive interaction between predefined decision functions and the robot behaviors. The dynamic autonomy structure is configured for modifying a transaction capacity between an operator intervention and a robot initiative and may include multiple levels with at least a teleoperation mode configured to maximize the operator intervention and minimize the robot initiative and an autonomous mode configured to minimize the operator intervention and maximize the robot initiative. Within the RIK at least the cognitive level includes the dynamic autonomy structure.

  6. Sample Return Robot Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This Challenge requires demonstration of an autonomous robotic system to locate and collect a set of specific sample types from a large planetary analog area and...

  7. Problematika autonomie robotů založená na technologii Arduino

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    Hájek, Jan

    2016-01-01

    This thesis discusses the problems of autonomous robots created by the development board Arduino Uno. It contains a theoretical analysis of possible approaches to autonomous robots. Itproposes a solution to the creation of an autonomous robotic device capable of navigation using GPS. The practical part provides the description of problems and testing associated with the construction of the robot.

  8. Self-localization for middle autonomous soccer robot%一种中型自主足球机器人自定位方法

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    丘柳东; 王牛; 李祖枢

    2011-01-01

    针对RoboCup中型自主足球机器人比赛中的自定位要求,提出了一种新的自定位方法.利用电子罗盘获取航向角度,根据航向角度将全向视觉获取的白线初始信息转换为白线的半全局信息;利用白线实垂交类型、辅助白线的距离与角度信息,结合定位区域优先度算法确定机器人所在的最终定位区域;根据定位区域内两条实垂交白线的交点位置关系得到机器人在场地中的位置,实现自定位,并讨论该方法对全向视觉观测范围的要求.实际场地的实验结果,验证了该方法的有效性.%According to the self-localization requirement of RoboCup middle autonomous soccer robot, this paper presents a new self-localization method.Obtain the orientation by electronic compass,and change the white line information gained by all-directional vision, to past-global information through the orientation.Use the while line true vertical intersection type, the length and distance of assistant white line, localization area priority algorithm to identify the best area for localization. Obtaine the pose by the information of the intersection point, which belongs to the true vertical intersection while line.This paper discusses the observation range of all-directional vision for this method.The experiments show the validity for the presented method.

  9. 基于里程计和PTZ视觉的移动机器人自定位%Autonomous localization of mobile robot based on odometer and PTZ vision

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    牛国臣; 徐萍; 冯琦

    2011-01-01

    针对机器人长距离运行时里程计定位存在累积误差问题,提出一种基于里程计和PTZ视觉的移动机器人自定位算法.提出了中断式S形搜索策略的概念,设计了基于有限自动机的视觉定位方法;分析了里程计和视觉定位误差来源,分别建立了其定位信度模型;并基于该模型建立里程计和PTZ视觉定位的框架.针对视觉定位及里程计视觉复合定位分别进行了实验,结果验证了该方法的有效性和实用性.%To reduce the influence of cumulative odometer localization error, an autonomous localization approach for mobile robot based on odometer and Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) vision was presented. Interrupt S-shaped searching strategy was put forward, as well as a vision localization approach based on finite automaton. The position credibility models of odometer and PTZ vision were established according to their positioning error sources. A localization framework combining odometer and PTZ vision based on real-time position credibility was designed. An application experiment of vision localization and localization using odometer and PTZ vision was carried out. The validity and practicability of the method are confirmed.

  10. Clothoid-based Planning and Control in Intelligent Vehicles (Autonomous and Manual-Assisted Driving)

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    Girbés Juan, Vicent

    2016-01-01

    [EN] Nowadays, there are many electronic products that incorporate elements and features coming from the research in the field of mobile robotics. For instance, the well-known vacuum cleaning robot Roomba by iRobot, which belongs to the field of service robotics, one of the most active within the sector. There are also numerous autonomous robotic systems in industrial warehouses and plants. It is the case of Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs), which are able to drive completely autonomously in...

  11. Friendly network robotics; Friendly network robotics

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    NONE

    1997-03-01

    This paper summarizes the research results on the friendly network robotics in fiscal 1996. This research assumes an android robot as an ultimate robot and the future robot system utilizing computer network technology. The robot aiming at human daily work activities in factories or under extreme environments is required to work under usual human work environments. The human robot with similar size, shape and functions to human being is desirable. Such robot having a head with two eyes, two ears and mouth can hold a conversation with human being, can walk with two legs by autonomous adaptive control, and has a behavior intelligence. Remote operation of such robot is also possible through high-speed computer network. As a key technology to use this robot under coexistence with human being, establishment of human coexistent robotics was studied. As network based robotics, use of robots connected with computer networks was also studied. In addition, the R-cube (R{sup 3}) plan (realtime remote control robot technology) was proposed. 82 refs., 86 figs., 12 tabs.

  12. Toward robot ethics through the ethics of autism

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    Shibata, Masayoshi

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this chapter is to present an ethical landscape for humans and autonomous robots in the future of a physicalistic world, and which will touch mainly on a framework of robot ethics rather than the concrete ethical problems possibly caused by recent robot technologies. It might be difficult to find sufficient answers to such ethical problems as those occurring with future military robots unless we understand what autonomy in autonomous robots exactly implies for robot ethics. This ch...

  13. Robotic transportation.

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    Lob, W S

    1990-09-01

    Mobile robots perform fetch-and-carry tasks autonomously. An intelligent, sensor-equipped mobile robot does not require dedicated pathways or extensive facility modification. In the hospital, mobile robots can be used to carry specimens, pharmaceuticals, meals, etc. between supply centers, patient areas, and laboratories. The HelpMate (Transitions Research Corp.) mobile robot was developed specifically for hospital environments. To reach a desired destination, Help-Mate navigates with an on-board computer that continuously polls a suite of sensors, matches the sensor data against a pre-programmed map of the environment, and issues drive commands and path corrections. A sender operates the robot with a user-friendly menu that prompts for payload insertion and desired destination(s). Upon arrival at its selected destination, the robot prompts the recipient for a security code or physical key and awaits acknowledgement of payload removal. In the future, the integration of HelpMate with robot manipulators, test equipment, and central institutional information systems will open new applications in more localized areas and should help overcome difficulties in filling transport staff positions. PMID:2208684

  14. Robotic transportation.

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    Lob, W S

    1990-09-01

    Mobile robots perform fetch-and-carry tasks autonomously. An intelligent, sensor-equipped mobile robot does not require dedicated pathways or extensive facility modification. In the hospital, mobile robots can be used to carry specimens, pharmaceuticals, meals, etc. between supply centers, patient areas, and laboratories. The HelpMate (Transitions Research Corp.) mobile robot was developed specifically for hospital environments. To reach a desired destination, Help-Mate navigates with an on-board computer that continuously polls a suite of sensors, matches the sensor data against a pre-programmed map of the environment, and issues drive commands and path corrections. A sender operates the robot with a user-friendly menu that prompts for payload insertion and desired destination(s). Upon arrival at its selected destination, the robot prompts the recipient for a security code or physical key and awaits acknowledgement of payload removal. In the future, the integration of HelpMate with robot manipulators, test equipment, and central institutional information systems will open new applications in more localized areas and should help overcome difficulties in filling transport staff positions.

  15. Mobile Autonomous Humanoid Assistant

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    Diftler, M. A.; Ambrose, R. O.; Tyree, K. S.; Goza, S. M.; Huber, E. L.

    2004-01-01

    A mobile autonomous humanoid robot is assisting human co-workers at the Johnson Space Center with tool handling tasks. This robot combines the upper body of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robonaut system with a Segway(TradeMark) Robotic Mobility Platform yielding a dexterous, maneuverable humanoid perfect for aiding human co-workers in a range of environments. This system uses stereo vision to locate human team mates and tools and a navigation system that uses laser range and vision data to follow humans while avoiding obstacles. Tactile sensors provide information to grasping algorithms for efficient tool exchanges. The autonomous architecture utilizes these pre-programmed skills to form human assistant behaviors. The initial behavior demonstrates a robust capability to assist a human by acquiring a tool from a remotely located individual and then following the human in a cluttered environment with the tool for future use.

  16. Sensor fusion for social robotics

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    Duffy, Brian R.; Garcia, C; Rooney, Colm, (Thesis); O'Hare, G.M.P.

    2000-01-01

    This paper advocates the application of sensor fusion for the visualisation of social robotic behaviour. Experiments with the Virtual Reality Workbench integrate the key elements of Virtual Reality and robotics in a coherent and systematic manner. The deliberative focusing of attention and sensor fusion between vision systems and sonar sensors is implemented on autonomous mobile robots functioning in standard office environments

  17. Robot Games for Elderly

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    Hansen, Søren Tranberg

    2011-01-01

    . The robot facilitates interaction, and the study suggests that robot based games potentially can be used for training balance and orientation. The second game consists in an adaptive game algorithm which gradually adjusts the game challenge to the mobility skills of the player based on spatio...... improve a person’s overall health, and this thesis investigates how games based on an autonomous, mobile robot platform, can be used to motivate elderly to move physically while playing. The focus of the investigation is on the development of games for an autonomous, mobile robot based on algorithms using...... spatio-temporal information about player behaviour - more specifically, I investigate three types of games each using a different control strategy. The first game is based on basic robot control which allows the robot to detect and follow a person. A field study in a rehabilitation centre and a nursing...

  18. Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems

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    Jitendra R. Raol

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Mobile intelligent autonomous systems (MIAS is a fast emerging research area. Although it can be regarded as a general R&D area, it is mainly directed towards robotics. Several important subtopics within MIAS research are:(i perception and reasoning, (ii mobility and navigation,(iii haptics and teleoperation, (iv image fusion/computervision, (v modelling of manipulators, (vi hardware/software architectures for planning and behaviour learning leadingto robotic architecture, (vii vehicle-robot path and motionplanning/control, (viii human-machine interfaces for interaction between humans and robots, and (ix application of artificial neural networks (ANNs, fuzzy logic/systems (FLS,probabilistic/approximate reasoning (PAR, Bayesian networks(BN and genetic algorithms (GA to the above-mentioned problems. Also, multi-sensor data fusion (MSDF playsvery crucial role at many levels of the data fusion process:(i kinematic fusion (position/bearing tracking, (ii imagefusion (for scene recognition, (iii information fusion (forbuilding world models, and (iv decision fusion (for tracking,control actions. The MIAS as a technology is useful for automation of complex tasks, surveillance in a hazardousand hostile environment, human-assistance in very difficultmanual works, medical robotics, hospital systems, autodiagnosticsystems, and many other related civil and military systems. Also, other important research areas for MIAScomprise sensor/actuator modelling, failure management/reconfiguration, scene understanding, knowledge representation, learning and decision-making. Examples ofdynamic systems considered within the MIAS would be:autonomous systems (unmanned ground vehicles, unmannedaerial vehicles, micro/mini air vehicles, and autonomousunder water vehicles, mobile/fixed robotic systems, dexterousmanipulator robots, mining robots, surveillance systems,and networked/multi-robot systems, to name a few.Defence Science Journal, 2010, 60(1, pp.3-4,

  19. Rehearsal for the Robot Revolution

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    Jochum, Elizabeth; Goldberg, Ken

    from robot peformances? This paper considers the design and staging of robots in live theatre. Citing examples of machinic performances absent of human actors, interactive robotic art works, human-robot opera, puppetry and traditional spoken-word plays, we demonstrate how creative approaches to robot......This paper considers the use of tele-operated and autonomous robots in live performance. Theatre is a conducive to studying what makes robots compelling and engaging. Because theatre is a narrowly defined domain in which robots can excel, it is a useful test bed for exploring issues...... that are central to social robotics. However automated performances that merely substitute robotic actors for human ones do not always capture our imagination or prove entertaining. While some plays explore ambivalence to robots or “misbehaving machines” thematically (such as R.U.R.), the exigencies of live...

  20. Autonomous Industrial Mobile Manipulation (AIMM) - maturation, exploitation and implementation

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    Hvilshøj, Mads

    This thesis introduces the Autonomous Industrial Mobile Manipulator ”Little Helper”, a robotic co-worker which extends the potential of industrial robotics by combining locomotion and manipulation capabilities. The thesis presents promising findings for industrial maturation, exploitation...

  1. Robots and lattice automata

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    Adamatzky, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    The book gives a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art research and engineering in theory and application of Lattice Automata in design and control of autonomous Robots. Automata and robots share the same notional meaning. Automata (originated from the latinization of the Greek word “αυτόματον”) as self-operating autonomous machines invented from ancient years can be easily considered the first steps of robotic-like efforts. Automata are mathematical models of Robots and also they are integral parts of robotic control systems. A Lattice Automaton is a regular array or a collective of finite state machines, or automata. The Automata update their states by the same rules depending on states of their immediate neighbours. In the context of this book, Lattice Automata are used in developing modular reconfigurable robotic systems, path planning and map exploration for robots, as robot controllers, synchronisation of robot collectives, robot vision, parallel robotic actuators. All chapters are...

  2. A High Precision Autonomous Navigation Positioning Grape Picking Robot Design%一种高精度自主导航定位的葡萄采摘机器人设计

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    郭素娜; 张丽; 刘志刚

    2016-01-01

    为了提高葡萄采摘机器人自主导航能力,增强对葡萄成熟度的准确识别功能,降低漏采率和误采率,设计了一种新式的基于RSSI 自主导航和颜色特征提取的葡萄采摘机器人. 该机器人使用 RSSI 定位技术,首先对装有无线传感器的葡萄树进行定位,然后利用机器视觉系统对葡萄的成熟度进行判断,并对满足采摘条件的葡萄使用机械手进行采摘. 对葡萄采摘机器人的性能进行了测试,通过测试发现:机器人对装有传感器的葡萄树的准确识别率达到了95%以上,对葡萄成熟度的判断达到了98%以上,是一种相对高效的葡萄采摘机器人.%In order to improve the autonomous navigation capability of grape picking robot, and strengthen the function of accurate identification of the grape maturity, lower leakage rate and error rate, a new type of autonomous navigation and color feature extraction based on RSSI grape picking robot has been designed.Grape picking robot using RSSI positioning technology first fixing the vine with wireless sensors, then use the machine vision system on grape maturity of judgment, and to meet the use conditions of the grapes picked for picking manipulator.Grape picking robot performance was tested, by testing found that the robot with sensors of vine of accurate recognition rate reached more than 95%, their appreciation of the grape maturity reached more than 98%, high recognition rate,which is a relatively efficient grape picking robot.

  3. 一种高精度自主导航定位的葡萄采摘机器人设计%A High Precision Autonomous Navigation Positioning Grape Picking Robot Design

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    郭素娜; 张丽; 刘志刚

    2016-01-01

    为了提高葡萄采摘机器人自主导航能力,增强对葡萄成熟度的准确识别功能,降低漏采率和误采率,设计了一种新式的基于RSSI 自主导航和颜色特征提取的葡萄采摘机器人. 该机器人使用 RSSI 定位技术,首先对装有无线传感器的葡萄树进行定位,然后利用机器视觉系统对葡萄的成熟度进行判断,并对满足采摘条件的葡萄使用机械手进行采摘. 对葡萄采摘机器人的性能进行了测试,通过测试发现:机器人对装有传感器的葡萄树的准确识别率达到了95%以上,对葡萄成熟度的判断达到了98%以上,是一种相对高效的葡萄采摘机器人.%In order to improve the autonomous navigation capability of grape picking robot, and strengthen the function of accurate identification of the grape maturity, lower leakage rate and error rate, a new type of autonomous navigation and color feature extraction based on RSSI grape picking robot has been designed.Grape picking robot using RSSI positioning technology first fixing the vine with wireless sensors, then use the machine vision system on grape maturity of judgment, and to meet the use conditions of the grapes picked for picking manipulator.Grape picking robot performance was tested, by testing found that the robot with sensors of vine of accurate recognition rate reached more than 95%, their appreciation of the grape maturity reached more than 98%, high recognition rate,which is a relatively efficient grape picking robot.

  4. Strategy of autonomous visual serving control for space robots%空间机器人自主视觉伺服控制策略

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    张国亮

    2012-01-01

    针对传统的空间机器人遥操作控制方法受时延影响严重的问题,基于最新研制的4自由度空间机器人,提出一种基于多目相机的自主复合控制策略.该策略包含了眼在手和眼到手2种相机配置结构,每个相机均具有独立的位姿计算能力,前者保证了伺服控制的精度以及操作的灵活性,后者能够在观察到全局视景的情况下做出伺服控制.为满足机器人视觉实时控制的需求,对视觉处理算法进行了特别考虑.首先,设计了基于多边形形状拟合的特征识别方法,提出曲线矢量数据贪婪算法来处理图像遍历拟合过程中计算密集的问题;其次,结合特征识别结果和模型目标的空间信息,提出基于弱透视模型的单目位姿估算及优化算法;最后,依据所提策略在实验室环境中完成了自主导航及捕获任务,验证了在较低层次进行这种复合控制的可行性和有效性.%As time delay will affect the control of teleopration for traditional space robots,a multi-camera hybrid visual serving control method was present based on the newest developed 4DOF space robot.The hybrid scheme consists of an eye-in-hand camera and eye-to-hand camera configuration and each camera has the capability of determining pose of target independently.The first one guarantees good accuracy and the ability to explore the workspace;the second one ensures a panoramic sight of the workspace.Suitable vision process algorithm was studied to realize the real-time visual serving control.Firstly,based on polygonal fitting method,the object feature recognition was designed.Furthermore,a greedy algorithm based on curve vector was proposed to reduce the calculation time of Traversal fitting.Secondly,by integrating feature recognition and modular object,monocular pose estimation and optimization algorithm were studied.Finally,an experiment of autonomous navigation and grasp verified the feasibility and effectiveness of proposed

  5. New Progress in the Autonomous Navigation Study of Self-Mobile Robot%自移动式机器人自主导航研究的新进展

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    谢伟枫

    2015-01-01

    自移动式机器人的自主导航技术已经取代动作技术,成为机器人研究的核心领域,并涉及到多个学科领域。在定位研究、地图构建和路径规划等关键技术方面,近年来取得了长足进步,为机器在更加复杂的环境下实现自主和智慧移动提供了坚实的基础。文章主要探讨了自移动式机器人自主导航研究的新进展。%The autonomous navigation technology in self-mobile robot has substituted the motion technology to become the core field of robotics research, involving many disciplines. Key technologies such as localization research, map building and path planning, have made considerable progress in recent years, providing a solid foundation for achiev⁃ing Autonomous and sapiential motion in a more complex environment.

  6. Analysis on autonomous task trajectory tracking performance of construction robot with online gravity compensation%在线重力补偿下工程机器人自主作业轨迹跟踪性能分析

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    唐新星; 侯敬巍; 倪涛; 张邦成

    2013-01-01

      工程机器人自主作业时,工程机器人动臂举升、前臂摆动重心上升过程中需要克服自身重力做功,而在工程机器人动臂下降、前臂摆动重心下降过程中,自身重力要参与做功,影响工程机器人的运动速度,进而影响工程机器人自主作业的轨迹跟踪效果。针对这一问题,建立了工程机器人动臂、前臂的动力学模型,探讨采用最小二乘拟合法辨识动力学参数,进行工程机器人动臂、前臂的在线重力补偿,以消除在自主作业过程中重力做功对轨迹跟踪的影响。最后,在工程机器人试验台上进行了试验。试验结果表明,在线重力补偿可有效地补偿工程机器人自主作业过程自身重力,消除工程机器人动臂和前臂在运动过程中重力做功对自主作业轨迹跟踪过程的影响,有利于减小轨迹跟踪误差,提高工程机器人自主作业轨迹跟踪的性能。%By the visual feedback and the space position information of the target object of stereo vision camera, the construction robot can realize the autonomous task according to the kinematics analysis and trajectory planning. However, in the process of the autonomous task, because the link mass of construction robot is big, the driving force of the cylinder calculated by the pressure sensors attached at the cylinders will be divided into two parts, one is used for balancing the link gravity, and the other is used for driving the moving of the cylinder. Therefore, the construction robot will overcome the gravity to work in the process of gravity rising along with the lift of boom and swing of arm, and the links gravity of boom and arm will participate in working in the process of gravity fall along with the dropping of boom and swing of arm, this phenomena will influence the moving velocity of construction robot and the effect of the effect of trajectory tracking, especially in the lifting process, moreover, in

  7. 在线重力补偿下工程机器人自主作业轨迹跟踪性能分析%Analysis on autonomous task trajectory tracking performance of construction robot with online gravity compensation

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    唐新星; 侯敬巍; 倪涛; 张邦成

    2013-01-01

    By the visual feedback and the space position information of the target object of stereo vision camera, the construction robot can realize the autonomous task according to the kinematics analysis and trajectory planning. However, in the process of the autonomous task, because the link mass of construction robot is big, the driving force of the cylinder calculated by the pressure sensors attached at the cylinders will be divided into two parts, one is used for balancing the link gravity, and the other is used for driving the moving of the cylinder. Therefore, the construction robot will overcome the gravity to work in the process of gravity rising along with the lift of boom and swing of arm, and the links gravity of boom and arm will participate in working in the process of gravity fall along with the dropping of boom and swing of arm, this phenomena will influence the moving velocity of construction robot and the effect of the effect of trajectory tracking, especially in the lifting process, moreover, in the process of the links dropping of construction robot, it is dangerous to the construction robot because of the bigger links masses. Aiming at this problem, the dynamics models of construction robot were deduced followed by kinematics analysis, and the least squares method was used for identifying the dynamics parameters, and then online gravity offset method was purposed based on the dynamics parameters, which was used for eliminating the gravity impact from the driving force of the cylinders, and improving the trajectory tracking effect in autonomous task. Finally, experiment was finished on the construction robot test bench, and the experimental results show that the online gravity compensation algorithm could compensate the gravity of construction robot effectively, and eliminate the influence of gravity working to the trajectory planning of construction robot, and the tracking errors under online gravity compensation are smaller than no gravity compensation

  8. 自主移动机器人巡线控制系统设计与实现%Design and implementation on line-tracking control of autonomous mobile robot

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    姜华; 王金波; 徐鹏

    2012-01-01

    针对自主移动机器人传统巡线控制中存在的不足,主要完成了机器人控制系统的设计.在使用灰度传感器采集地面轨迹信息的同时,引入角度传感器对行进方向的角度信息进行采集;设计了PID控制加模糊控制的复合控制器,并给出复合控制器算法.在此基础上建立实验系统,仿真结果证明:该控制系统不仅克服了传统巡线控制中单一传感器采集信息不全的缺点,而且有效解决了机器人在遇到大信号时传统PID控制响应时间长、系统不稳定的问题.%Aimed at deficiencies the traditional line-tracking control of autonomous mobile robot, the paper designed mainly the control system of autonomous mobile robot, the gray-scale sensors collect ground tracking information, while angle-sensor is added into collect angle information of traveling direction , proposed a composite controller based on PID and fuzzy control, and the algorithm of composite controller is given. An experimental system is established on this basis, the simulation results show that the shortcoming is overcomed on gathering incomplete information by the single-sensor of the traditional linetracking control, and effectively improved the disadvantages by PID controlling when the robot is in the face of large-signal, for example, a long response time and the instability system.

  9. Autonomous Mapping for Robot Using a Combination of Binocular Stereo Vision and GSOM Algorithm%双目立体视觉和GSOM相结合的机器自主地图构建方法

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    于乃功; 王丽

    2011-01-01

    双目立体视觉和自组织可增长特征映射图GSOM (Growing Self-organizing Map)相结合的机器人地图构建方法首先利用双目立体摄像机采集图像,借助双目立体视觉处理技术,将采集到的图像信息转化成神经网络的训练样本;然后利用GSOM的地图绘制算法,通过不断增加新的神经元实现网络规模的增长,用441个SOM神经元便表示了2000个样本点的环境特征信息的拓扑地图,体现了对输入样本分布的逼近特性;实验结果表明双目立体视觉和GSOM相结合的机器人自主地图构建方法可行,并表现出类似生物的自主智能行为.%Autonomous mapping for robot using a combination of binocular stereo vision and GSOM (Growing Self-organizing Map) Algorithm collects images using a binocular stereo camera. After treatment of binocular stereo vision technology, image information generates neural network training samples. Appling GSOM algorithm by continuously increasing new neurons in the growth of network scale, the algorithm uses 441 SOM neurons generate a topologic map which describes 2000 sample' s environmental information and reflects the approximation characteristics of input data distribution. Through testing GSOM mapping algorithm, the experimental results show that autonomous mapping for robot using a combination of binocular stereo vision and GSOM algorithm is feasible; and the system shows similar biological behaviours of autonomous intelligence.

  10. An Adaptive Robot Game

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    Hansen, Søren Tranberg; Svenstrup, Mikael; Dalgaard, Lars

    2010-01-01

    The goal of this paper is to describe an adaptive robot game, which motivates elderly people to do a regular amount of physical exercise while playing. One of the advantages of robot based games is that the initiative to play can be taken autonomously by the robot. In this case, the goal is to im...... to the behavior of the interacting person. This paper presents a simple ball game between a single player and a mobile robot platform. The algorithm has been validated using simulation and real world experiments.......The goal of this paper is to describe an adaptive robot game, which motivates elderly people to do a regular amount of physical exercise while playing. One of the advantages of robot based games is that the initiative to play can be taken autonomously by the robot. In this case, the goal...... is to improve the mental and physical state of the user by playing a physical game with the robot. Ideally, a robot game should be simple to learn but difficult to master, providing an appropriate degree of challenge for players with different skills. In order to achieve that, the robot should be able to adapt...

  11. 基于似人特性的拟人臂机器人自主抓取动作规划%Autonomous Grasp Motion Planning for an Anthropomorphic Robot Arm Based on Human Likeness

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    陆志远; 甘亚辉; 戴先中; 段晋军

    2014-01-01

    针对拟人臂机器人在家庭环境中的自主抓取任务,提出了一种强调运动姿态似人特性的拟人臂动作的规划方法。该方法分为两个部分,构型规划和运动规划,构型规划基于人体工程学中广泛使用的快速上肢评估准则评价机器人运动姿态的似人特性,并在此基础上以机器人末端传速速率最优为目标规划机器人运动过程中的关键构型。运动规划结合了Fitts定律和似人运动模型规划了机器人末端的空间轨迹。本文最后以Motoman SDA10D拟人双臂机器人和Mitsubishi PA10机器人为例,具体介绍了该方法的应用和规划的结果,规划结果证明了本方法的可行性和有效性。%A motion planning method for anthropomorphic robot arm which emphasizes the human likeness of robot movement is proposed in this paper to solve the autonomous grasp task of service robot in house environment. The method involves configuration planning and movement planning. The Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) criterion which is widely used in applied ergonomics is adopted in configuration planning to assess the human likeness of robot movement, then the key configuration of the robot movement is planned to generate the maximal velocity transmission ratio at its end-effector. The Fitts law and human-like movement model is used in movement planning to generate trajectory of the robot. Illustrative example of this method applied to a dual anthropomorphic arm robot Motoman SDA10D and Mitsubishi PA10 is presented in this paper, and reasonable planning results confirm the feasibility and effectiveness of the method.

  12. A reconfigurable robot with tensegrity structure using nylon artificial muscle

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    Wu, Lianjun; de Andrade, Monica Jung; Brahme, Tarang; Tadesse, Yonas; Baughman, Ray H.

    2016-04-01

    This paper describes the design and experimental investigation of a self-reconfigurable icosahedral robot for locomotion. The robot consists of novel and modular tensegrity structures, which can potentially maneuver in unstructured environments while carrying a payload. Twisted and Coiled Polymer (TCP) muscles were utilized to actuate the tensegrity structure as needed. The tensegrity system has rigid struts and flexible TCP muscles that allow keeping a payload in the central region. The TCP muscles provide large actuation stroke, high mechanical power per fiber mass and can undergo millions of highly reversible cycles. The muscles are electrothermally driven, and, upon stimulus, the heated muscles reconfigure the shape of the tensegrity structure. Here, we present preliminary experimental results that determine the rolling motion of the structure.

  13. Mobile Robot Navigation

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    Andersen, Jens Christian

    2007-01-01

    . The research is now progressing towards autonomous robots which will be able to assist us in our daily life. One of the enabling technologies is navigation, and navigation is the subject of this thesis. Navigation of an autonomous robot is concerned with the ability of the robot to direct itself from....... The perception of these two sensors are utilised by a path planner to allow a number of drive modes, and especially the ability to follow road edges are investigated. The navigation mission is controlled by a script language. The navigation script controls route sequencing, junction detection, junction crossing......Abstract Robots will soon take part in everyone’s daily life. In industrial production this has been the case for many years, but up to now the use of mobile robots has been limited to a few and isolated applications like lawn mowing, surveillance, agricultural production and military applications...

  14. Marine Robot Autonomy

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    2013-01-01

    Autonomy for Marine Robots provides a timely and insightful overview of intelligent autonomy in marine robots. A brief history of this emerging field is provided, along with a discussion of the challenges unique to the underwater environment and their impact on the level of intelligent autonomy required.  Topics covered at length examine advanced frameworks, path-planning, fault tolerance, machine learning, and cooperation as relevant to marine robots that need intelligent autonomy.  This book also: Discusses and offers solutions for the unique challenges presented by more complex missions and the dynamic underwater environment when operating autonomous marine robots Includes case studies that demonstrate intelligent autonomy in marine robots to perform underwater simultaneous localization and mapping  Autonomy for Marine Robots is an ideal book for researchers and engineers interested in the field of marine robots.      

  15. Autonomous Industrial Mobile Manipulation (AIMM)

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    Hvilshøj, Mads; Bøgh, Simon; Nielsen, Oluf Skov;

    2012-01-01

    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the interdisciplinary research field Autonomous Industrial Mobile Manipulation (AIMM), with an emphasis on physical implementations and applications. Design/methodology/approach - Following an introduction to AIMM, this paper investiga......Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the interdisciplinary research field Autonomous Industrial Mobile Manipulation (AIMM), with an emphasis on physical implementations and applications. Design/methodology/approach - Following an introduction to AIMM, this paper......; sustainability, configuration, adaptation, autonomy, positioning, manipulation and grasping, robot-robot interaction, human-robot interaction, process quality, dependability, and physical properties. Findings - The concise yet comprehensive review provides both researchers (academia) and practitioners (industry......) with a quick and gentle overview of AIMM. Furthermore, the paper identifies key open issues and promising research directions to realize real-world integration and maturation of the AIMM technology. Originality/value - This paper reviews the interdisciplinary research field Autonomous Industrial Mobile...

  16. Intelligent autonomous systems 12. Vol. 2. Proceedings

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    Lee, Sukhan [Sungkyunkwan Univ., Gyeonggi-Do (Korea, Republic of). College of Information and Communication Engineering; Yoon, Kwang-Joon [Konkuk Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Hyungsuck [Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jangmyung (eds.) [Pusan National Univ. (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Electronics Engineering

    2013-02-01

    Recent research in Intelligent and Autonomous Systems. Volume 2 of the proceedings of the 12th International Conference IAS-12, held June 26-29, 2012, jeju Island, Korea. Written by leading experts in the field. Intelligent autonomous systems are emerged as a key enabler for the creation of a new paradigm of services to humankind, as seen by the recent advancement of autonomous cars licensed for driving in our streets, of unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles carrying out hazardous tasks on-site, and of space robots engaged in scientific as well as operational missions, to list only a few. This book aims at serving the researchers and practitioners in related fields with a timely dissemination of the recent progress on intelligent autonomous systems, based on a collection of papers presented at the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems, held in Jeju, Korea, June 26-29, 2012. With the theme of ''Intelligence and Autonomy for the Service to Humankind, the conference has covered such diverse areas as autonomous ground, aerial, and underwater vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, personal/domestic service robots, professional service robots for surgery/rehabilitation, rescue/security and space applications, and intelligent autonomous systems for manufacturing and healthcare. This volume 2 includes contributions devoted to Service Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction and Autonomous Multi-Agent Systems and Life Engineering.

  17. Robot-centric elevation mapping with uncertainty estimates

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    Fankhauser, P.; Bloesch, M.; Gehring, C.; Hutter, M; Siegwart, Roland,

    2014-01-01

    This paper addresses the local terrain mapping process for an autonomous robot. Building upon an onboard range measurement sensor and an existing robot pose estimation, we formulate a novel elevation mapping method from a robot-centric perspective. This formulation can explicitly handle drift of the robot pose estimation which occurs for many autonomous robots. Our mapping approach fully incorporates the distance sensor measurement uncertainties and the six-dimensional pose covariance of the ...

  18. (Mobile robots and intelligent motion control)

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    Pin, F.G.

    1990-09-07

    The traveler attended the IEEE International Workshop on Intelligent Motion Control, presented a paper entitled Autonomous Trajectory Generation for Mobile Robots with Non-Holonomic and Steering Angel Constraints,'' and chaired the session on mobile robots. Sessions of particular interests to ONRL/CESAR included Mobile Robots 1, 2, and 3, Motion Planning 1 and 2, Flexible Robots, Knowledge-Based Robotics Systems, Multi-Robot Systems, Redundant Robots, and Learning and Fuzzy Control 1 and 2. The traveler also visited the robotics laboratory of Bogazici University and held several discussions on design on redundant, compliant, reconfigurable, and dynamically balanced manipulators.

  19. Mobile Robot Localisation and World Modeling in a Real-Time Software Architecture

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    Micucci,

    2004-01-01

    The goal of autonomous mobile robotics is to build physical systems that can interact with environments not specifically structured for this purpose. Even if the applications that might exploit autonomous mobile robots are widespread, current technologies are still immature at satisfying the growing requests. For this reason, robot navigation constitutes one of the major trends in the current research on robotics. A precondition for a mobile robot to be autonomous is the ability to self-lo...

  20. Autonomous Task Control System of Construction Tele-robot Based on Stereo Vision%基于立体视觉的遥操作工程机器人自主作业系统

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    唐新星; 倪涛; 何丽鹏; 张邦成; 高金库

    2012-01-01

    建立了基于立体视觉技术的遥操作工程机器人自主作业控制系统.采用立体视觉技术实现对目标物体的形状自动识别与空间定位,进行了遥操作工程机器人运动学方程求解、运动轨迹规划与控制的研究.针对液压伺服控制系统具有非线性、参数不确定的特点,设计了模糊控制器.最后,在遥操作工程机器人实验台上进行了自主作业控制实验.实验结果表明,所构建的基于立体视觉技术的工程机器人自主作业控制系统,能够完成初步的自主作业任务,且作业过程比较流畅.%In order to enhance the autonomy of construction tele-robot ( CTR) , a complete autonomous task control system of CTR based on stereo vision technology was established. Firstly, automation recognition and space location of the target object were studied by stereo vision and image processing technology. And then, forward and reverse kinematics equations, trajectory planning and control were discussed. To make the autonomous movement smoothly, trajectory function must be continuous and smooth, and expectation joint displacement and velocity would be obtained by forward kinematics equation. A fuzzy controller was designed. Finally, experiments of the autonomous task control were carried out on CTR test-bed. The experiments results indicated that autonomous task control system of CTR based on stereo vision technology was reliable and safe to complete their task, and task process was smooth.

  1. 基于混合环境模型的自主移动机器人环境探索研究%Research on autonomous robots' environment exploration based on hybrid environment model

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    贾松敏; 沈红敏; 李秀智; 王可

    2013-01-01

    For exploring the interior unknown environment,by using an autonomous mobile robot this paper proposes a high-effect autonomous environment exploration algorithm based on a hybrid topological-metric map.The topological map based on environment Opening-Points is built in real-time according to current sensor information.The optimal instant target is selected as the exploration direction for the next step by analyzing and dealing with the OpeningPoints.In the framework of Rao-Blackwellized particle filter (RBPF),the grid map based Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) is introduced into the autonomous exploration process of the mobile robot,which provides the accurate position estimate to improve the position accuracy of the topological node effectively and complete the exploration task smoothly.The exploration algorithm based on the above two strategies gives consideration to both accuracy and efficiency.The validity and practicability of the proposed exploration approach was validated by a lot of experiments on the mobile robot Pioneer3-DX.%针对未知室内环境,提出了一种基于度量-拓扑混合式地图的高效的自主移动机器人环境探索策略:移动机器人根据当前传感器数据实时构建环境通路点拓扑地图,对各个环境通路点进行细致分析与处理,选择最优的即时目标点作为规划的探索方向;在Rao-Blackwellized粒子滤波(RBPF)框架下,将基于栅格地图的同步定位与地图创建(SLAM)算法引入到机器人自主探索任务中,提供准确的机器人位姿估计,以有效改善拓扑节点的位置精度,保证机器人顺利完成探索任务.基于上述策略提出的环境探索算法能够兼顾探索效率与精度.通过在配有激光测距仪的Pioneer3-DX型移动机器人平台上进行现场实验,有力验证了这种探索算法的有效性及实用性.

  2. 能量受限的多自主移动机器人围捕策略研究%A capture strategy for energy limited multi autonomous mobile robots

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    梁家海; 黄雪燕

    2013-01-01

    Basing on the performance characteristics of real robots , this paper researches movement of energy limited multi autonomous mobile robots .Propose a capture strategy when energy limited .First, it establish capture ring for target robot using virtual points .Then build a model to evaluate composite in-dicator of distance and their own energy .Choose the optimization capture robot to move to target with higher speed .Other robots move with energy conservation .The obstacle -avoidance problem is im-proved .The simulation results show that multi energy limited robots can better accomplish capture tasks by reasonable distribution of energy .%  从真实机器人的性能特点出发研究能量受限的自主移动机器人的运动规律,提出一种基于能量受限状态下的自主移动机器人的围捕策略,该策略首先建立由虚拟围捕点组成的目标机器人的围捕圈,然后建立模型评价围捕机器人到目标机器人的距离和自身能量的综合指标,选择该指标最优的围捕机器人,让该机器人总以高于目标机器人的速度及以目标机器人的当前运动方向的围捕点为目标运动,其他机器人采用节能的方式向各自的围捕点运动,同时改进了机器人的避障策略;最后对该策略进行仿真,仿真结果表明:多个能量受限的机器人利用总能量的优势,通过对围捕机器人的能量合理的分配能较好地完成对目标机器人的围捕任务。

  3. An intelligent inspection and survey robot

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    ARIES (Autonomous Robotic Inspection Experimental System) is a semi-autonomous robotic system intended for use in the automatic inspection of stored containers of low-level nuclear waste. This article describes the technology and how it could be used. 3 refs., 3 figs

  4. Semi autonomous mine detection system

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    Douglas Few; Roelof Versteeg; Herman Herman

    2010-04-01

    CMMAD is a risk reduction effort for the AMDS program. As part of CMMAD, multiple instances of semi autonomous robotic mine detection systems were created. Each instance consists of a robotic vehicle equipped with sensors required for navigation and marking, a countermine sensors and a number of integrated software packages which provide for real time processing of the countermine sensor data as well as integrated control of the robotic vehicle, the sensor actuator and the sensor. These systems were used to investigate critical interest functions (CIF) related to countermine robotic systems. To address the autonomy CIF, the INL developed RIK was extended to allow for interaction with a mine sensor processing code (MSPC). In limited field testing this system performed well in detecting, marking and avoiding both AT and AP mines. Based on the results of the CMMAD investigation we conclude that autonomous robotic mine detection is feasible. In addition, CMMAD contributed critical technical advances with regard to sensing, data processing and sensor manipulation, which will advance the performance of future fieldable systems. As a result, no substantial technical barriers exist which preclude – from an autonomous robotic perspective – the rapid development and deployment of fieldable systems.

  5. Architecture of autonomous systems

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    Dikshit, Piyush; Guimaraes, Katia; Ramamurthy, Maya; Agrawala, Ashok; Larsen, Ronald L.

    1989-01-01

    Automation of Space Station functions and activities, particularly those involving robotic capabilities with interactive or supervisory human control, is a complex, multi-disciplinary systems design problem. A wide variety of applications using autonomous control can be found in the literature, but none of them seem to address the problem in general. All of them are designed with a specific application in mind. In this report, an abstract model is described which unifies the key concepts underlying the design of automated systems such as those studied by the aerospace contractors. The model has been kept as general as possible. The attempt is to capture all the key components of autonomous systems. With a little effort, it should be possible to map the functions of any specific autonomous system application to the model presented here.

  6. Task oriented evaluation system for maintenance robots

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    The adaptability evaluation of maintenance robots to autonomous plants has been discussed. In this paper, a new concept of autonomous plant with maintenance robots are introduced, and a framework of autonomous maintenance system is proposed. Then, task-oriented evaluation of robot arms is discussed for evaluating their adaptability to maintenance tasks, and a new criterion called operability is proposed for adaptability evaluation. The task-oriented evaluation system is implemented and applied to structural design of robot arms. Using genetic algorithm, an optimal structure adaptable to a pump disassembly task is obtained. (author)

  7. Door Detection Algorithm for Autonomous Navigation Robot Based on Computer Vision%基于计算机视觉的自主导航机器人门检测算法

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    陈祥

    2012-01-01

    Door detection problem in Autonomous navigation robot was studied. For robot autonomous navigation area, no - visual sensor is not suitable for closed door detection, so the major work is how to effectively improve the indoor door detection's location. According to indoor door shape characteristic, this paper put forward a computer vision based autonomous navigation robot door detection algorithm. Algorithm only needs monocular vision image collection. According to the height, width and the characteristics of the shape of the door, the door detection can be realized. In the detecting process of, of the door features, the improved linear detection algorithm was used with high detection speed and high efficiency. The experimental results show that this method can be applied in not only a single background of doors, but also the more complex background. The door detection is effective and more robust. Therefore, it has great application value for robot autonomous navigation of home intelligence service.%研究了自主导航机器人中如何有效提高室内房门检测定位的问题.针对导航中非视觉传感器通过探测距离来判断门的位置,而关闭状态的门和周边的墙几乎处于同一平面无法定位,导致检测不准.可根据室内房门的形状特点,提出了一种计算机视觉的自主导航机器人门检测算法,能在单且视觉下进行图像采集,并根据房门的高度、宽度比以及门的形状特征,进而实现图像中门的检测.由于在检测门特征过程中使用了改进了的直线检测算法,因此具有检测速度快、效率高的特点.实验结果表明,与传统非视觉距离探测方法相比,改进方案不仅适用于单一背景下开状态的门检测,更对关闭状态门的检测具有有效性,完成导航平均处理时间约为2.2s,速度较高,对于家庭智能服务机器人的自主导航具有很大的应用价值.

  8. Robotics for Learning

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    Toh, Dennis; Lim, Matthew; Wee, Loo Kang; Ong, Matthew

    2015-01-01

    Teaching Robotics is about empowering students to create and configure robotics devices and program computers to nurture in students the skill sets necessary to play an active role in society. The robot in Figure 1 focuses on the design of scaffolds and physical assembly methods, coupled with a computer logic program to make that makes it move or behave in a very precise (remote controlled or autonomous) manner. This enables students to investigate, explore and refine the program to affect the robots. The Robotics approach takes into account the increasing popularity of Computer Science and the learning by doing (Schank, Berman, & Macpherson, 1999) approach to solve complex problems and use computers meaningfully in learning (Barron & Darling-Hammond, 2008; Jonassen, Howland, Marra, & Crismond, 2008). In Singapore, teachers and students in Woodlands Ring Secondary and Rulang Primary have incorporated robotics to varying extents into formal and informal curricula. In addition, other less expensive ...

  9. Robotic Surveying

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    Suzy Cantor-McKinney; Michael Kruzic

    2007-03-01

    ZAPATA ENGINEERING challenged our engineers and scientists, which included robotics expertise from Carnegie Mellon University, to design a solution to meet our client's requirements for rapid digital geophysical and radiological data collection of a munitions test range with no down-range personnel. A prime concern of the project was to minimize exposure of personnel to unexploded ordnance and radiation. The field season was limited by extreme heat, cold and snow. Geographical Information System (GIS) tools were used throughout this project to accurately define the limits of mapped areas, build a common mapping platform from various client products, track production progress, allocate resources and relate subsurface geophysical information to geographical features for use in rapidly reacquiring targets for investigation. We were hopeful that our platform could meet the proposed 35 acres per day, towing both a geophysical package and a radiological monitoring trailer. We held our breath and crossed our fingers as the autonomous Speedrower began to crawl across the playa lakebed. We met our proposed production rate, and we averaged just less than 50 acres per 12-hour day using the autonomous platform with a path tracking error of less than +/- 4 inches. Our project team mapped over 1,800 acres in an 8-week (4 days per week) timeframe. The expertise of our partner, Carnegie Mellon University, was recently demonstrated when their two autonomous vehicle entries finished second and third at the 2005 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge. 'The Grand Challenge program was established to help foster the development of autonomous vehicle technology that will some day help save the lives of Americans who are protecting our country on the battlefield', said DARPA Grand Challenge Program Manager, Ron Kurjanowicz. Our autonomous remote-controlled vehicle (ARCV) was a modified New Holland 2550 Speedrower retrofitted to allow the machine

  10. Tank-automotive robotics

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    Lane, Gerald R.

    1999-07-01

    To provide an overview of Tank-Automotive Robotics. The briefing will contain program overviews & inter-relationships and technology challenges of TARDEC managed unmanned and robotic ground vehicle programs. Specific emphasis will focus on technology developments/approaches to achieve semi- autonomous operation and inherent chassis mobility features. Programs to be discussed include: DemoIII Experimental Unmanned Vehicle (XUV), Tactical Mobile Robotics (TMR), Intelligent Mobility, Commanders Driver Testbed, Collision Avoidance, International Ground Robotics Competition (ICGRC). Specifically, the paper will discuss unique exterior/outdoor challenges facing the IGRC competing teams and the synergy created between the IGRC and ongoing DoD semi-autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle and DoT Intelligent Transportation System programs. Sensor and chassis approaches to meet the IGRC challenges and obstacles will be shown and discussed. Shortfalls in performance to meet the IGRC challenges will be identified.

  11. [Autonomic neuropathies].

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    Siepmann, T; Penzlin, A I; Illigens, B M W

    2013-07-01

    Autonomic neuropathies are a heterogeneous group of diseases that involve damage of small peripheral autonomic Aδ- and C-fibers. Causes of autonomic nerve fiber damage are disorders such as diabetes mellitus and HIV-infection. Predominant symptoms of autonomic neuropathy are orthostatic hypotension, gastro-intestinal problems, urogenital dysfunction, and cardiac arrhythmia, which can severely impair the quality of life in affected patients. Furthermore, autonomic neuropathies can be induced by autoimmune diseases such as acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, hereditary disorders such as the lysosomal storage disorder Fabry disease and hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies, as well as certain toxins and drugs.

  12. Autonomous navigation system and method

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    Bruemmer, David J [Idaho Falls, ID; Few, Douglas A [Idaho Falls, ID

    2009-09-08

    A robot platform includes perceptors, locomotors, and a system controller, which executes instructions for autonomously navigating a robot. The instructions repeat, on each iteration through an event timing loop, the acts of defining an event horizon based on the robot's current velocity, detecting a range to obstacles around the robot, testing for an event horizon intrusion by determining if any range to the obstacles is within the event horizon, and adjusting rotational and translational velocity of the robot accordingly. If the event horizon intrusion occurs, rotational velocity is modified by a proportion of the current rotational velocity reduced by a proportion of the range to the nearest obstacle and translational velocity is modified by a proportion of the range to the nearest obstacle. If no event horizon intrusion occurs, translational velocity is set as a ratio of a speed factor relative to a maximum speed.

  13. Autonomous navigation system and method

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    Bruemmer, David J [Idaho Falls, ID; Few, Douglas A [Idaho Falls, ID

    2009-09-08

    A robot platform includes perceptors, locomotors, and a system controller, which executes instructions for autonomously navigating a robot. The instructions repeat, on each iteration through an event timing loop, the acts of defining an event horizon based on the robot's current velocity, detecting a range to obstacles around the robot, testing for an event horizon intrusion by determining if any range to the obstacles is within the event horizon, and adjusting rotational and translational velocity of the robot accordingly. If the event horizon intrusion occurs, rotational velocity is modified by a proportion of the current rotational velocity reduced by a proportion of the range to the nearest obstacle and translational velocity is modified by a proportion of the range to the nearest obstacle. If no event horizon intrusion occurs, translational velocity is set as a ratio of a speed factor relative to a maximum speed.

  14. Autonomous hovering control based on monocular vision for micro aerial robot%基于单目视觉的微型空中机器人自主悬停控制

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    张洪涛; 李隆球; 张广玉; 王武义

    2014-01-01

    A hovering control method based on onboard monocular vision is proposed to hover a micro aerial robot autonomously, in which there is no external positioning system in indoor environments. A descriptor with four components and a multi-stage filter are used for feature tracking. Horizontal position is estimated according to monocular vision kinematics. Flight speed is estimated according to aerodynamic drag at low Reynolds number. Position and velocity informations are fused to hover the robot. Experimental results show the effectiveness of the proposed approach.%针对微型空中机器人在室内环境下无法借助外部定位系统实现自主悬停的问题,提出一种基于单目视觉的自主悬停控制方法。采用一种四成分特征点描述符和一个多级筛选器进行特征点跟踪。根据单目视觉运动学估计机器人水平位置;根据低雷诺数下的空气阻力估计机器人飞行速度;结合位置和速度信息对机器人进行悬停控制。实验结果验证了该方法的有效性。

  15. 基于单目视觉的微型空中机器人自主悬停控制%Autonomous hovering control based on monocular vision for micro aerial robot

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    张洪涛; 李隆球; 张广玉; 王武义

    2014-01-01

    针对微型空中机器人在室内环境下无法借助外部定位系统实现自主悬停的问题,提出一种基于单目视觉的自主悬停控制方法。采用一种四成分特征点描述符和一个多级筛选器进行特征点跟踪。根据单目视觉运动学估计机器人水平位置;根据低雷诺数下的空气阻力估计机器人飞行速度;结合位置和速度信息对机器人进行悬停控制。实验结果验证了该方法的有效性。%A hovering control method based on onboard monocular vision is proposed to hover a micro aerial robot autonomously, in which there is no external positioning system in indoor environments. A descriptor with four components and a multi-stage filter are used for feature tracking. Horizontal position is estimated according to monocular vision kinematics. Flight speed is estimated according to aerodynamic drag at low Reynolds number. Position and velocity informations are fused to hover the robot. Experimental results show the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

  16. The UJI librarian robot

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    Prats Sánchez, Mario; Martínez Martín, Ester; Sanz Valero, Pedro José; Pobil, Àngel Pasqual del

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes the UJI Librarian Robot, a mobile manipulator that is able to autonomously locate a book in an ordinary library, and grasp it from a bookshelf, by using eye-in-hand stereo vision and force sensing. The robot is only provided with the book code, a library map and some knowledge about its logical structure and takes advantage of the spatio-temporal constraints and regularities of the environment by applying disparate techniques such as stereo vision, visual tracking, probab...

  17. 基于开放式多智能体结构的分布式自主机器人系统%AN OPEN MULTI-AGENT ARCHITECTURE FOR DISTRIBUTED AUTONOMOUS ROBOT SYSTEMS

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    陈卫东; 董胜龙; 席裕庚

    2001-01-01

    针对多机器人系统的分布式自主控制,本文首先提出了一种开放式的多智能体结构,给出了设计原则和技术特点.然后面向真实世界的多机器人实时协作任务,采用多台自主移动机器人构造了一个多机器人系统,该系统集成了包括机器人视觉、传感器融合、无线通讯网络以及基于行为控制等多项技术.最后采用基于行为融合的加权方法,实现了多机器人的编队控制,实验结果表明了上述体系结构与方案的有效性.%Focusing on distributed autonomous control of multi-robot system, an open multi-agent architecture (OMAA) is presented. Based on the designing principle and techniques of the OMAA, a multiple mobile robot system is established to perform the cooperative tasks in real time and real world. Some agent technologies have been integrated in the system such as machine vision, sensor fusion, wireless network communication, behavior-based control, etc. Experiment results of multi-robot formation control demonstrate the validity of our scheme.

  18. Instrumentation of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

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    Hansen, Karl Damkjær; Jensen, Simon; Sloth, Christoffer;

    2015-01-01

    This paper details the AAU surgical robot, its hardware and software setup. The aim of the paper is to explain how a surgical robot has been rebuild as an open source platform for research in surgical robotics. As a result, the robot has full actuation and sensing capabilities at high sampling rate....... We aim at exploiting the developed surgical robot for research in semi-autonomous control, and safety mechanisms in the context of robotic surgery....

  19. 06421 Executive Summary -- Robot Navigation

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    Fekete, Sándor; Fleischer, Rudolf; Klein, Rolf; Lopez-Ortiz, Alejandro

    2007-01-01

    For quite a number of years, researchers from various fields have studied problems motivated by Robot Navigation. People in Online Algorithms have developed strategies that can deal with the inherent lack of information an autonomous robot encounters, as it sets out to perform a task in an unknown environment. Computational Geometers have obtained many results on the efficient planning of collision-free motions, and on visibility problems. Scientists and engineers in Robotics have perfected r...

  20. Robot fish bio-inspired fishlike underwater robots

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    Li, Zheng; Youcef-Toumi, Kamal; Alvarado, Pablo

    2015-01-01

    This book provides a comprehensive coverage on robot fish including design, modeling and optimization, control, autonomous control and applications. It gathers contributions by the leading researchers in the area. Readers will find the book very useful for designing and building robot fish, not only in theory but also in practice. Moreover, the book discusses various important issues for future research and development, including design methodology, control methodology, and autonomous control strategy. This book is intended for researchers and graduate students in the fields of robotics, ocean engineering and related areas.