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MS Thesis Defense: Karthikeyan Yuvaraj

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Title:  Supervised Telemanipulation Interface for Humanoid Driving
Advisor:  Dr. Paul Oh
Date:  Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Time:  9:00 a.m.
Location:  MEM Seminar Room, Room 162, 1st Floor, Curtis Hall


This thesis proposes solutions for semi-autonomous driving of an Ackerman-style vehicle by an adult-sized humanoid robot. A Robot Operating System based interface is developed to promote humanoid driving. The humanoid robot is also equipped with an on-board vision system which comprises of a 2D LIDAR, an inertial measurement unit and stereo cameras. Based on the visual information from the vision system, the operator specifies the operation to be performed. The operator commands the turning angle for the steering wheel and the robot takes the necessary actions to realize this task. Likewise, pressing or releasing the gas pedal is done based on the operator's request. The operator has the option of visualizing the virtual model of the robot and its work site which facilitates command and control of the robot. Experiments are conducted on an adult-sized humanoid robot, DRC-Hubo, to drive a golf cart and a two-passenger utility vehicle. Previous stages of driving such as searching for the vehicle and walking towards it are also briefly discussed.

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MEM Seminar Room, Room 162, 1st Floor, Curtis Hall


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