Intelligent Robot Technology Software Project

Intelligent Communication RT Modules
for Providing Informational Services
in Public Environments

Eager Corporation
OMRON Corporation
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Japanese version
Overview Research Content Publications Software Framework

Summary of Issues

Japan faces an aging population in the near future, and as labor shortages grow, there is expected to be a growing demand for robots to provide assistance in society and in everyday life. However, at present, the realization of robots for practical applications is limited. To overcome this situation, we seek to coordinate the development of intelligent autonomous systems with high reliability. Thus, while fully utilizing high-performance sensing and other technologies that have been developed so far, mainly by promoting the intelligent technology research and development, and wider use of next-generation robots to coexist with people within practical applications in volatile environments such as manufacturing conditions and production of diversified living space, our goal is to to develop intelligent technologies to establish the elements of the next generation of highly-reliable autonomous robots.

Business Objectives

  • Research, develop, and deliver intelligent communication modules (for society and daily life) for providing reception, guidance, and surveillance services in the public areas inside and outside shops and shopping centers, which are robust to changes in the surrounding environments.
  • For supermarkets and other typically noisy commercial establishments (environments with over 65dBA noise), develop the components necessary to carry out three types of services "guidance and patrolling," "product description", and "reception information", classified into four modules.
  • These four are recognizing environmental conditions, supporting dialogue, dialogue control, and management of interactive modules. Verify the effectiveness of these modules through integration and a bottom-up review to ensure the three services work properly.
  • The modules must be developed to allow reuse in other applications and other robotic systems. To contribute to the re-use, provide functional specifications and thorough documentation of intelligence modules to other carriers in the project early in development, allowing the results of testing and opinions about the interface to incorporated into the modules.
  • Finally, make the results and specifications of this development project available to robot developers and robot service developers outside of the project, pending agreement to terms of disclosure.

This study was conducted as a part of the "Next-Generation Robot Intelligence Technology Project"
sponsored by the Ministry of Economy in FY 2007, and by NEDO in FY 2008.

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