Herbert A. Simon University Professor
We envision service robots moving reliably in our indoor environments and interacting with humans. In this talk, I will present our scientific and engineering understanding of deployed service robots, based on our experience with our CoBot robots. I will introduce symbiotic autonomy that allows robots to proactively ask for help to overcome their limitations. I will briefly overview the main challenges and contributions of localization in varying environments, and will present the novel needed human-robot interaction approach to enable the humans to teach and interact with robots using natural language, and for robots to better make their internal states and representations visible and understandable by humans. I will further discuss methods for quantitative performance analysis from collected data in logs on by external observation sources. The presented work is joint with my current and past collaborators and students in the CORAL research group, www.cs.cmu.edu/~coral.