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    Open Invited Track on

    Demonstrator of reactive navigation and grasping in domestic environments

    with the Pepper robot

     

     

    This open invited track is focused on multi sensor based navigation and grasping with the human-shaped robot Pepper.  Domestic environments are considered, which are in essence not shaped for robots and entail uncontrolled experimental conditions (illumination changes, projected shadows, acoustic noise, etc.), hardly predictable humans, mobile obstacles, etc.  The developed algorithms will be publicly demonstrated by their authors during live experiments on Pepper platforms.

     

    IFAC technical committee for evaluation:            TC4.3 (Robotics)

     

    Detailed description:

    SoftBank Robotics, the worldwide leader in humanoid robotics, makes and markets humanoid and programmable robots.  In 2014, the company unveiled the human-shaped robot Pepper.  Pepper is 1.20m tall, 48.5cm wide, 42.5cm deep, and weighs 28 kilograms.  It has two arms and a three-wheel driven mobile base, for a total of 20 degrees of freedom.  Pepper is intended to be a “personal emotional robot”, that is, a day-to-day companion endowed with the ability to perceive emotions of humans and interact with them in a natural and intuitive way, through its body movements and its voice.  Several companies have been using it--SoftBank (Japan), Nestlé (Japan), Carrefour (Europe), SNCF (France), etc.--as an interface to surprise, entertain and inform their customers through interactive animations and demonstrations.

     

    Pepper was not specifically designed for domestic use.  However, it is endowed with enough capabilities to perform functions in domestic environments, which are in essence not shaped for robots due to uncontrolled experimental conditions, little predictability of human activities, etc.  This is why contributions are called for, addressing the topics of multi sensor based navigation and grasping in domestic environments.  A typical task may be stated as “go to the kitchen, get the medicine box on the table and bring it back”, or “find the soft-drink can, take it and pour it into a glass held by a human”; it may entail vision- and laser- based navigation among dynamic obstacles, eye-arm coordination for grasping, dual arm coordination, etc.  Contributions are fully open.  A specific feature of this Open Track is that the developed algorithms will be publicly demonstrated during live experiments on Pepper platforms just after the oral presentations.

     

    Join us and be prepared to a wonderful experience in Toulouse!

     

    Visit the following specific website for additional information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rDUaQhq1NMHuWEEUeuu7Rk4ORuiHQ2x6pe1DiDiX0aQ/edit?usp=sharing

     

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