MINERVA: A Tour-Guide Robot that Learns
This paper describes an interactive tour-guide robot which was successfully exhibited in a Smithsonian museum. Minerva employed a collection of learning techniques, some of which were necessary to cope with the challenges arising from its extremely large and crowded environment, whereas others were used to aid the robot’s interactive capabilities. During two weeks of highly successful operation, the robot interacted with thousands of people, traversing more than 44km at speeds of up to 163 cm/sec in the un-modified museum.
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