SmartWheeler: A robotic wheelchair test-bed for investigating new models of human-robot interaction

Joelle Pineau, Amin Atrash

The goal of the SmartWheeler project is to increase the autonomy and safety of individuals with severe mobility impairments by developing a robotic wheelchair that is adapted to their needs. The project tackles a range of challenging issues, focusing in particular on tasks pertaining to human-robot interaction, and on robust control of the intelligent wheelchair. The platform we have built also serves as a test-bed for validating novel concepts and algorithms for automated decision-making onboard socially assistive robots. This paper introduces the wheelchair platform, and outlines technique contributions in four ongoing research areas: adaptive planning in large-scale environments, learning and control under model uncertainty, large-scale dialogue management, and communication protocols for the tactile interface.

Subjects: 17. Robotics; 3.4 Probabilistic Reasoning

Submitted: Jan 26, 2007

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