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Playing Fetch with Your Robot: The Ability of Robots to Locate and Interact with Objects

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4 Author(s)
Philip Dames ; Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA ; Dinesh Thakur ; Mac Schwager ; Vijay Kumar

The task addressed in this article is the localization of an unknown number of targets using a mobile robot equipped with a visual sensor. The estimation of the number of targets and their locations is done using a recursive Bayesian filter over random finite sets (RFSs), and the position of the robot is assumed to be known. We present a computationally tractable control law whereby the robot follows the gradient of mutual information between target locations and detections. The method is verified through real-world experimental trials, reliably detecting multiple targets and ignoring clutter obstacles.

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IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 2 )