Robot planning in crowds

We built a pamphlet distributing robot at the CSIR, which worked well in testing, but tended to get stuck in crowded conference venues. A planning strategy was required to help the robot escape crowds. Unfortunately, we couldn’t rely on localisation, as this proved infeasible in crowded indoor environments. An honours student I co-supervised experimented with random wandering algorithms to address this problem.

S. Tack, M. Burke and S. Sinha, “Local exploration strategies for a mobile robot in a highly dynamic environment,” 2012 5th Robotics and Mechatronics Conference of South Africa, Gauteng, 2012, pp. 1-6.