Guidance for human navigation using a vibro-tactile belt interface and robot-like motion planning

Akansel Cosgun, E. Akin Sisbot, Henrik I. Christensen

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Abstract

We present a navigation guidance system that guides a human to a goal point with a tactile belt interface and a stationary laser scanner. We make use of ROS local navigation planner to find an obstacle-free path by modeling the human as a non-holonomic robot. Linear and angular velocities to keep the 'robot' on the path are dynamically calculated, which are then converted to vibrations and applied by the tactile belt. We define directional and rotational vibration patterns and evaluate which ones are suitable for guiding humans. Continuous patterns for representing directions had the least average angular error with 8.4°, whereas rotational patterns were recognized with near-perfect accuracy. All patterns had a reaction time slightly more than 1 seconds. The person is tracked in laser scans by fitting an ellipse to the torso. Average tracking error is found to be 5cm in position and 14° in orientation in our experiments with 23 people. Best tracking results was achieved when the person is 2.5m away and is facing the sensor or the opposite way. The human control system as a whole is successfully demonstrated in a navigation guidance scenario.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
EditorsWilliam R. Hamel
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages6350-6355
Number of pages6
Volume8
ISBN (Electronic)9781479936854
ISBN (Print)9781479936861
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2014 - Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong, China
Duration: 31 May 20147 Jun 2014
https://ieeexplore-ieee-org.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au/xpl/conhome/6895053/proceeding
http://www6.cityu.edu.hk/icra2014/index.htm

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISSN (Print)1050-4729
ISSN (Electronic)2577-087X

Conference

ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2014
Abbreviated titleICRA 2014
Country/TerritoryChina
CityHong Kong
Period31/05/147/06/14
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