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Natural person-following behavior for social robots

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Natural person-following behavior for social robots
We are developing robots with socially appropriate spatial skills not only to travel around or near people, but also to accompany people side-by-side. As a step toward this goal, we are investigating the social perceptions of a robot's movement as it follows behind a person. This paper discusses our laser-based person-tracking method and two different approaches to person-following: direction-following and path-following. While both algorithms have similar characteristics in terms of tracking performance and following distances, participants in a pilot study rated the direction-following behavior as significantly more humanlike and natural than the path-following behavior. We argue that the path-following method may still be more appropriate in some situations, and we propose that the ideal personfollowing behavior may be a hybrid approach, with the robot automatically selecting which method to use. Categories and Subject Descriptors I.2.9 [Artificial Intelligence]: Robotics; J.4...
Rachel Gockley, Jodi Forlizzi, Reid G. Simmons
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where HRI
Authors Rachel Gockley, Jodi Forlizzi, Reid G. Simmons
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