The Design of a Highly Reliable Robot for Unmediated Museum Interaction

Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, E. Porter, Brian Dunlavey, Ellen M. Ayoob, T. Hsiu, M. Lotter, and S. Shelly
Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '05), April, 2005, pp. 3225 - 3231.


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Abstract
Installation of a robot system in a publicly accessible technical museum poses nontrivial problems along three axes. First, the robot must be reliable, both by failing rarely in spite of continuous, daily use and by allowing museum staff to easily return the robot to service. Second, the robot must perform without the need for staff intervention, from system autonomy to energetics enabling full-day operation without battery replacement. Third, the user-end interaction software must be self-explanatory as well as instructional and engaging in order to effectively communicate the learning goals of the exhibit. In this paper we describe the design of such a robot system and share early results regarding its successful deployment at five museums across the United States.

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): CREATE: Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment
Number of pages: 7

Text Reference
Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, E. Porter, Brian Dunlavey, Ellen M. Ayoob, T. Hsiu, M. Lotter, and S. Shelly, "The Design of a Highly Reliable Robot for Unmediated Museum Interaction," Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '05), April, 2005, pp. 3225 - 3231.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Nourbakhsh_2005_5569,
   author = "Illah Nourbakhsh and Emily Hamner and E. Porter and Brian Dunlavey and Ellen M Ayoob and T. Hsiu and M. Lotter and S. Shelly",
   title = "The Design of a Highly Reliable Robot for Unmediated Museum Interaction",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '05)",
   pages = "3225 - 3231",
   month = "April",
   year = "2005",
}