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Bookstore Project
This project is no longer active.
Head: Illah Nourbakhsh
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated lab(s) / group(s):
 CREATE: Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment
Project Homepage
The goal is to produce a robot wheelchair capable of navigating Carnegie Mellon's campus, traveling from my office to the Campus Bookstore to fetch a book autonomously. To this end, this project encompasses challenges in vision, navigation, learning, obstacle avoidance in a dynamic world and planning with incomplete information. The project uses a robot chassis that is actually an electric wheelchair! Localization and sidewalk-following will be performed exclusively using passive vision. For an informal discussion of vision and navigation, see the Monologue on Navigation.