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Mobile robots in real-life settings would benefit from being able to localize and track sound sources. Such a capability can help localizing a person or an interesting event in the environment , and also provides enhanced processing for other capabilities such as speech recognition. To give this capability to a robot, the challenge is not only to localize(More)
—Unpredictability and complexity of social interactions are important challenges for a child with low-functioning autism. The objective of this research is to study how a mobile robot can, by appearing more predictable, appealing and simple than a human being, facilitate reciprocal interaction such as imitative play. By conducting an exploratory study with(More)
ROBUS (ROBot University of Sherbrooke) is an autonomous mobile robot designed to facilitate interdisciplinary engineering design in Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CE). Its primary purpose is to serve as an integrated platform for a project called INGÉNIUS that introduces electrical and computer engineering simultaneously to a large(More)
Planning with actions concurrency under resources and time uncertainty has been recognized as a challenging and interesting problem. Most current approaches rely on a discrete model to represent resources and time, which contributes to the combinato-rial explosion of the search space when dealing with both actions concurrency and resources and time(More)
The hearing sense on a mobile robot is impor. tan1 because it is omnidirectional and it does not require direct tine-of-sight with the sound source. Such capabilities can nicely complement vision to help localize a person or an interesting event in the environment. To do so the robot auditory system must he able to work in noisy, unknown and diverse(More)
This paper presents MARIE, a middleware framework oriented towards developing and integrating new and existing software for robotic systems. By using a generic communication framework, MARIE aims to create a flexible distributed component system that allows robotics developers to share software programs and algorithms, and design prototypes rapidly based on(More)
— Mobile robots in real-life settings would benefit from being able to localize sound sources. Such a capability can nicely complement vision to help localize a person or an interesting event in the environment, and also to provide enhanced processing for other capabilities such as speech recognition. In this paper we present a robust sound source(More)
— Real life deployment of robot formation cannot assume that robots are going to be correctly positioned to move in a particular configuration. To do so, we propose an approach that allows the group to determine autonomously the most appropriate assignment of positions in the formation. Our approach is distributed and uses directional visual perception to(More)