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Robots get better at follow the leader

  September 1/8, 2008
Give a robot the ability to pick up behavioral cues -- looks like the guy ahead of me is about to turn left -- and it'll more accurately follow you around.

Robot controller software that adds behavioral cues to the follower robot's estimation of where the leader is going helps the robot follow it. Behavioral cues could include the direction a robot leader is looking.

The software could make robots work more effectively and safely with humans.

Research paper:
Following Controller for Autonomous Mobile Robots Using Behavioral Cues
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, August 2008

Researchers' homepage:
Robotics, Autonomous Systems, and Controls Laboratory, University of California, Davis

Further info:
How It Works: Robot navigation -- Getting from point A to point B -- background on robot navigation

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