ICRA 2011 Paper Abstract


Paper ThP209.4

Scholz, Jonathan (Georgia Institute of Technology), Marthi, Bhaskara (Willow Garage), Chitta, Sachin (Willow Garage Inc.), Likhachev, Maxim (Carnegie Mellon University)

Cart Pushing with a Mobile Manipulation System: Towards Navigation with Moveable Objects

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Sessions "Motion and Path Planning VI" (ThP209), Thursday, May 12, 2011, 16:10−16:25, Room 5D

2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 9-13, 2011, Shanghai International Conference Center, Shanghai, China

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on August 19, 2019

Keywords Mobile Manipulation, Personal Robots, Motion and Path Planning


Robust navigation in cluttered environments has been well addressed for mobile robotic platforms, but the problem of navigating with a moveable object like a cart has not been widely examined. In this work, we present a planning and control approach to navigation of a humanoid robot while pushing a cart. We show how immediate information about the environment can be integrated into this approach to achieve safer navigation in the presence of dynamic obstacles. We demonstrate the robustness of our approach through long-running experiments with the PR2 mobile manipulation robot in a typical indoor office environment, where the robot faced narrow and high-traffic passageways with very limited clearance.



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