MEET THE TEAM
HUMAN ROBOT INTERACTION SUB-TEAM
The Human Robot Interaction sub-team is responsible for human speech recognition and human-machine-interaction. They develop user-friendly interfaces (e.g., audio, gesture) to permit non-technical users to command and interact with the HSR, as well as solve problems such as multiple speaker recognition and speech direction identification. They are also developing an “ethical black box” system to help end-users, developers, and regulators understand what the robot is thinking and doing with better transparency, and thus increase trust and encourage the adoption of robotics in society.
The Navigation Sub team is responsible for robot motion planning. Currently Navigation actions are controlled via the ROS Action server provided by the tmc move base ROS package. Previously, we used a topological map (i.e., discrete locations connected by directed edges). Edges corresponded to navigation actions the robot could perform to transition between locations. We are currently exploring incorporation of topological navigation into the current navigation system to permit location-based action selection (e.g., checking if a door is open).