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Human-supervised multiple mobile robot system

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3 Author(s)
Nakamura, A. ; Dept. of Inf. & Comput. Sci., Saitama Univ., Japan ; Ota, J. ; Arai, T.

In order that robots may achieve tasks in unknown environments, research focusing on the following three points must be conducted: (1) design of commands from the operator to the robots; (2) environmental recognition to show the operator information about the remote work area where robots are working; and (3) interface between a system and the operator and information display of the work area for the operator. For (1), the focus is on the operation of the multiple robots by a single operator. For (2), the problem is divided into two parts; object recognition and self-positioning. As for (3), a graphical user interface is implemented. The operator mainly uses a mouse to input commands, and the operator watches a virtual environment to monitor remote working areas. The virtual environment is constructed with the environment information acquired by the method described in (2) above. After the problems mentioned above are solved, our system will provide a flexible command and monitoring structure and an operator would be able to command the robots appropriately. These are the main advantages of the method we are proposing. We verified the effectiveness of the proposed methods in experiments.

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Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 5 )