Social Awareness for HRI

  • Advances in robotics research bring robots closer to real world applications. Although robots have become increasingly capable, productive interaction is still restricted to specialists in the field. A major challenge in designing robots for real-world applications is to enable natural and accessible interaction between robots and nontechnical users, while ensuring long-term, robust performance in complex environments without the direct control of a human operator.
  • The goal of this project is to develop a control architecture that provides robots with social-awareness, allowing them to monitor their surroundings for other social agents (robots or people), detect their need for interaction, and respond appropriately. Our architecture provides means for long-term autonomy, enabling robots to manage a large repertoire of tasks over extended periods. Additionally, our system is designed for realistic assistive applications, where multiple people may be simultaneously competing for the robot’s assistance. The contribution of this work is our framework that addresses two key issues in human-robot interaction: awareness of the environment and other agents, and long-term interaction with multiple users.
  • Long-term interaction with a service robot; tasks are serviced based on priority, using different postures [MOV] (18.9Mb).
  • This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Award IIS-0546876 and by the Office of Naval Research under grant number N00014-05-1-0525.