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Mobile Robots Navigation in Indoor Environments Using Kinect Sensor

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6 Author(s)
Correa, D.S.O. ; ICMC - SSC - LRM (Mobile Robots Lab.), USP - Univ. of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, Brazil ; Sciotti, D.F. ; Prado, M.G. ; Sales, D.O.
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This paper presents the development of a perception system for indoor environments to allow autonomous navigation for surveillance mobile robots. The system is composed by two parts. The first part is a reactive navigation system in which a mobile robot moves avoiding obstacles in environment, using the distance sensor Kinect. The second part of this system uses a artificial neural network (ANN) to recognize different configurations of the environment, for example, path ahead, left path, right path and intersections. The ANN is trained using data captured by the Kinect sensor in indoor environments. This way, the robot becomes able to perform a topological navigation combining internal reactive behavior to avoid obstacles and the ANN to locate the robot in the environment, in a deliberative behavior. The topological map is represented by a graph which represents the configuration of the environment, where the hallways (path ahead) are the edges and locations (left path and intersection, for example) are the vertices. The system also works in the dark, which is a great advantage for surveillance systems. The experiments were performed with a Pioneer P3-AT robot equipped with a Kinect sensor in order to validate and evaluate this approach. The proposed method demonstrated to be a promising approach to autonomous mobile robots navigation.

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Critical Embedded Systems (CBSEC), 2012 Second Brazilian Conference on

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20-25 May 2012

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