Effective Semi-autonomous Telepresence

Brian Coltin, Joydeep Biswas, Dean Pomerleau, and Manuela Veloso
Proceedings of the RoboCup Symposium , Istanbul, Turkey, July 2011, July, 2011.


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Abstract
We investigate mobile telepresence robots to address the lack of mobility in traditional videoconferencing. To operate these robots, intuitive and powerful interfaces are needed. We present CoBot-2, an indoor mobile telepresence robot with autonomous capabilities, and a browser-based interface to control it. CoBot-2 and its web interface have been used extensively to remotely attend meetings and to guide local vis- itors to destinations in the building. From the web interface, users can control CoBot-2's camera, and drive with either directional commands, by clicking on a point on the oor of the camera image, or by clicking on a point in a map. We conduct a user study in which we examine pref- erences among the three control interfaces for novice users. The results suggest that the three control interfaces together cover well the control preferences of di erent users, and that users often prefer to use a com- bination of control interfaces. CoBot-2 also serves as a tour guide robot, and has been demonstrated to safely navigate through dense crowds in a long-term trial.

Keywords
telepresence, mobile robots

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Text Reference
Brian Coltin, Joydeep Biswas, Dean Pomerleau, and Manuela Veloso, "Effective Semi-autonomous Telepresence," Proceedings of the RoboCup Symposium , Istanbul, Turkey, July 2011, July, 2011.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Coltin_2011_6971,
   author = "Brian Coltin and Joydeep Biswas and Dean Pomerleau and Manuela Veloso",
   title = "Effective Semi-autonomous Telepresence",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the RoboCup Symposium , Istanbul, Turkey, July 2011",
   publisher = "Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI)",
   month = "July",
   year = "2011",
}