COMPANION: A Constraint Optimizing Method for Person-Acceptable Navigation

Rachel Kirby, Reid Simmons, and Jodi Forlizzi
IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), September, 2009, pp. 607-612.


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Abstract
This paper introduces the COMPANION framework: a Constraint-Optimizing Method for Person--Acceptable NavigatION. In this framework, human social conventions, such as personal space and tending to one side of hallways, are represented as constraints on the robot's navigation. These constraints are accounted for at the global planning level. In this paper, we present the rationale for, and implementation of, this framework, and we describe the experiments we have run in simulation to verify that the method produces human-like behavior in a mobile robot. Our approach is novel in that it can express an arbitrary number of social conventions and explicitly accounts for these conventions in the planning phase.

Keywords
human-robot interaction, social robots, navigation

Notes
Associated Project(s): Human-Robot Interaction

Text Reference
Rachel Kirby, Reid Simmons, and Jodi Forlizzi, "COMPANION: A Constraint Optimizing Method for Person-Acceptable Navigation," IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), September, 2009, pp. 607-612.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Kirby_2009_6486,
   author = "Rachel Kirby and Reid Simmons and Jodi Forlizzi",
   title = "COMPANION: A Constraint Optimizing Method for Person-Acceptable Navigation",
   booktitle = "IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)",
   pages = "607-612",
   month = "September",
   year = "2009",
}