The STRANDS Project: Long-Term Autonomy in Everyday Environments

Nick Hawes, Christopher Burbridge, Ferdian Jovan, Lars Kunze, Bruno Lacerda, Lenka Mudrová, Jay Young, Jeremy Wyatt, Denise Hebesberger, Tobias Körtner, Rares Ambrus, Nils Bore, John Folkesson, Patric Jensfelt, Lucas Beyer, Alexander Hermans, Bastian Leibe, Aitor Aldoma, Thomas Faülhammer, Michael ZillichMarkus Vincze, Eris Chinellato, Muhannad Al-Omari, Paul Duckworth, Yiannis Gatsoulis, David C. Hogg, Anthony G. Cohn, Christian Dondrup, Jaime Pulido Fentanes, Tomáš Krajník, João M. Santos, Tom Duckett, Marc Hanheide

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Abstract

Thanks to the efforts of the robotics and autonomous systems community, the myriad applications and capacities of robots are ever increasing. There is increasing demand from end users for autonomous service robots that can operate in real environments for extended periods. In the Spatiotemporal Representations and Activities for Cognitive Control in Long-Term Scenarios (STRANDS) project (http://strandsproject.eu), we are tackling this demand head-on by integrating state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and robotics research into mobile service robots and deploying these systems for long-term installations in security and care environments. Our robots have been operational for a combined duration of 104 days over four deployments, autonomously performing end-user-defined tasks and traversing 116 km in the process. In this article, we describe the approach we used to enable long-term autonomous operation in everyday environments and how our robots are able to use their long run times to improve their own performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-156
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Volume24
Issue number3
Early online date14 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Hawes, N., Burbridge, C., Jovan, F., Kunze, L., Lacerda, B., Mudrová, L., Young, J., Wyatt, J., Hebesberger, D., Körtner, T., Ambrus, R., Bore, N., Folkesson, J., Jensfelt, P., Beyer, L., Hermans, A., Leibe, B., Aldoma, A., Faülhammer, T., ... Hanheide, M. (2017). The STRANDS Project: Long-Term Autonomy in Everyday Environments. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 24(3), 146-156. https://doi.org/10.1109/MRA.2016.2636359