Robot soccer anywhere: achieving persistent autonomous navigation, mapping, and object vision tracking in dynamic environments

Mauro Dragone, Ruadhan O'Donoghue, John J. Leonard, Gregory M. P. O'Hare, Brian R. Duffy, Andrew Patrikalakis, Jacques Leederkerken

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Abstract

The paper describes an ongoing effort to enable autonomous mobile robots to play soccer in unstructured, everyday environments. Unlike conventional robot soccer competitions that are usually held on purpose-built robot soccer "fields", in our work we seek to develop the capability for robots to demonstrate aspects of soccer-playing in more diverse environments, such as schools, hospitals, or shopping malls, with static obstacles (furniture) and dynamic natural obstacles (people). This problem of "Soccer Anywhere" presents numerous research challenges including: (1) Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) in dynamic, unstructured environments, (2) software control architectures for decentralized, distributed control of mobile agents, (3) integration of vision-based object tracking with dynamic control, and (4) social interaction with human participants. In addition to the intrinsic research merit of these topics, we believe that this capability would prove useful for outreach activities, in demonstrating robotics technology to primary and secondary school students, to motivate them to pursue careers in science and engineering.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpto-Ireland 2005
Subtitle of host publicationPhotonic Engineering
PublisherSPIE
Pages255-264
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780819458124
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventOpto-Ireland 2005: Photonic Engineering - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 Apr 20056 Apr 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE
Volume5827
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceOpto-Ireland 2005: Photonic Engineering
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period4/04/056/04/05

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    Dragone, M., O'Donoghue, R., Leonard, J. J., O'Hare, G. M. P., Duffy, B. R., Patrikalakis, A., & Leederkerken, J. (2005). Robot soccer anywhere: achieving persistent autonomous navigation, mapping, and object vision tracking in dynamic environments. In Opto-Ireland 2005: Photonic Engineering (pp. 255-264). (Proceedings of SPIE; Vol. 5827). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.608404