Twente guide robot plays on emotion – Research on human-robot interaction




Robotics Projects and Dutch universities have for years a frequent combination. Twente in the last three years they worked on together with European universities FROG , which stands for Robotic Outdoor Fun Guide. The project was concluded with a practical test in a museum in Seville. That made the autonomous guide robot mix between visitors and inform them through audio and video about the sights. For researchers in particular the interaction between humans and robots, in the search for the proper configuration to integrate. Robots ever in the streets

Tweakers went along on campus in Enschede to learn about the operation of the face recognition, which plays an important role in measuring the emotional state of people more. On the basis of the result that there comes the robot decides to tell whether or not to proceed to a next point of interest more or less. A lot of work has gone into the control of the cameras, which are also outside with difficult lighting conditions such as sun and shade faces should be able to read.

The navigation of the robot also plays an important role. Still, the robot must first get to know a neighborhood before he can independently drive through it. By frequently navigate through the same space, the robot builds its own map showing the obstacles and free paths. The co-operation with the cameras ensures that the robot is able to take into account people. He will never stand too close to people and remains constant when the same people are not if they give the robot no attention.


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