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Zakk Giacometti

Hometown: Mesa, Arizona | Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Computer Systems Engineering

Intelligent Navigation Strategies for Robotic Campus Guide

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
FURI: Fall 2018

Introducing autonomous systems into complex environments, such as college campuses, presents many challenges in navigation. This research seeks to develop intelligent decision-making algorithms for a campus guide robot that utilizes visual information as a means of localization, navigation along a path, and tracking of following persons. High-level algorithms are layered on this system to accomplish navigation between landmarks on a campus. Investigating these systems will help contribute to improved integration of mobile robots in populated environments. Future research will refine these methods to eliminate the changes to existing infrastructure in terms of terrain and the built environment.

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Computer Vision Navigation for Robotic Campus Guide

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
FURI: Spring 2018

Introducing autonomous systems into complex environments, such as college campuses, presents many challenges in navigation. This research seeks to develop intelligent algorithms for a campus guide robot that utilizes visual markers (AprilTags) as a means of localization, navigation along a path, and tracking individuals following the robot, thus offering benefits over inertial sensors, such as accelerometers. High-level algorithms are layered on this system to accomplish navigation between campus landmarks. Developing this system will contribute to improved integration of mobile robots in the infrastructure. Future research will explore different marker systems for improvement, as well as integrate additional sensor data.