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Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE

Issue 1 • Date March 2001

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  • Research on autonomous robotic wheelchairs in Europe [Guest Editorial]

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 4 - 6
    Cited by:  Papers (7)
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  • Get set for Seoul: All About ICRA 2001

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 16 - 19
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  • How far away is "artificial man"

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 66 - 73
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    The authors claim that a careful examination of robotics science and technology from its origins in the 1950s to its current status reveals that such progress, albeit very important, profitable, and with a strong impact on society, was basically the "side activities" to the ever-existing and continuous desire of mankind to build and realize humanoid robots, artificial men equipped uith proper intelligence capable of operating autonomously, thus replacing trained individuals for dexterous jobs. They consider such a humanoid robot through the realistic tasks/jobs it will most probably do. It is postulated that this humanoid robot be considered as a personal helper (a home robot or personal robot). Given the present level of technology, the question is posed: are we ready to move towards personal robotics, and what might be the first step? A possible answer to this question is given through a discussion of the human-like characteristics a personal robot must have; namely, human-like motion, human-like intelligence, and human-like communication. View full abstract»

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  • A FRIEND for assisting handicapped people

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 57 - 65
    Cited by:  Papers (33)  |  Patents (10)
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    The semiautonomous robotic system “FRIEND” consists of an electric wheelchair with the robot arm MANUS. Both devices are controlled by a computer. The user interface consists of a flat screen and a speech interface. The system is for use by persons with upper limb impairments as well as disability of the legs. FRIEND's hardware and software are described. The current state of development is then presented, as well as research results that will be integrated soon. After an explanation of the speech interface, the methods developed for semiautonomous control are described. These are programming by demonstration, visual servoing, and configuration planning based on the method of imaginary links View full abstract»

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  • An autonomous vehicle for people with motor disabilities

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 20 - 28
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    The authors describe the creation of the VAHM prototype, including the hardware and software functionalities and other aspects of this “smart” wheelchair View full abstract»

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  • A versatile and safe mobility assistant

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 29 - 37
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    The Bremen autonomous wheelchair implements obstacle avoidance plus driving and routing assistance in a shared-control system. This article shows how the tasks of reliably detecting obstacles in the environment and safely avoiding these obstructions are solved View full abstract»

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  • An integral system for assisted mobility [automated wheelchair]

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 46 - 56
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    The modularity of the electronic guidance systems of the SIAMO wheelchair allows for user-specific adaptability based on environment and degree of handicap. The overall system includes an innovative user-machine interface, a complete sensory subsystem (ultrasonic, infrared, vision, etc), and an advanced strategy of control and navigation. This allows different alternatives for guidance and guarantees user safety and comfort View full abstract»

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  • A robotics wheelchair for crowded public environment

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 38 - 45
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    Describes the robotic wheelchair MAid (Mobility Aid for Elderly and Disabled People). MAid's task is to support and transport people with limited motion skills. It is based on a commercial wheelchair that has been equipped with an intelligent control and navigation system. Conversations with disabled and elderly people and with their physicians indicate that the automatic functions desired in a robotic wheelchair do not include following walls or passing doorways, but do include navigation in narrow, cluttered environments and through wide, crowded areas. MAid performs these functions View full abstract»

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Eugenio Guglielmelli
Laboratory of Biomedical Robotics
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Universita' Campus Bio-Medico
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