Robot path planning in a social context

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Conference Proceeding
2010 IEEE Conference on Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics, RAM 2010, 2010, pp. 206 - 211
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Human robot interaction has attracted significant attention over the last couple of years. An important aspect of such robotic systems is to share the working space with humans and carry out the tasks in a socially acceptable way. In this paper, we address the problem of fusing socially acceptable behaviours into robot path planning. By observing an environment for a while, the robot learns human motion patterns based on sampled Hidden Markov Models and utilises them in a Probabilistic Roadmap based path planning algorithm. This will minimise the social distractions, such as going through someone else's working space (due to the shortest path), by planning the path through minimal distractions, leading to human-like behaviours. The algorithm is implemented in Orca/C++ with appealing results in real world experiments. ©2010 IEEE.
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