The goal of the software system is to create an autonomous mobile robotic system that can perform robustly in the unconstrained outdoor environments, particularly in the urban environment where there are many people walking about. It consists of high level vision algorithms that try to solve problems in vision localization, navigation, object recognition, and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).

All of Beobot 2.0 code is freely available in our Vision Toolkit, in particular in the : src/Robots/Beobot2.0/ folder. In the toolkit we also provide other software such as such as microcontroller code to run the robot.

Note that the first 2 sections (Deadlines and To Do) are ongoing internal message boards. The public section starts at the Current Research section.


Past software accomplished deadlines can be found here.

Tasks Date
1. IEEE AR 2013 road recognition comparison paper Dec 31, 2013
2. IROS 2014: BeoRoadFinder: vision & tilted LRF Feb 1, 2014
3. Implement Object search system Mar 1, 2014
4. RSS 2014: Crowd navigation & understanding May 1, 2014
5. Implement Human-Robot Interaction system August 1, 2014

Current Research

The specific tasks that we are focusing on are:

Other projects:

Hierarchical Representation of the Robot's Environment

At the center of our mobile robotic system is the use of hierarchical representation of the robot's environment. We have a two level map: a global map for localization (how to recognize one's own location) and a local map for localization (how to to move about one's current environment, regardless if we know our exact location).

The global map (illustrated by the left image) is a graph-based augmented topological map, which is compact and scalable to localize large sized environments. On the other hand, for navigation, we utilize an ego-centric traditional grid occupancy map as local map (on the right), which details the dangers in the robot's immediate surrounding. Here the robot is denoted below by a circle with an arrow indicating the robot's heading.

It would be inefficient to use a grid map for global localization, as it is too large to maintain for large scale environments, but with little added information that is not in a topological map. We do not need to memorize every square foot of every hallway in the environment, we just need to know the one we are on. By using a local map that will not be committed to the long term storage (it is robot-centric and is updated as the robot moves), we have our desired overall mobile robot representation that is both compact (for scalability) and detailed (for accuracy).

We use road recognition system to navigate.

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Software Tools, Operating Systems Issues

The software tools related discussions can be found here. It includes firmware level issues such as low level computer communication.

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