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Control, localization and human interaction with an autonomous lighter-than-air performer


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St-Onge, David, Brèches, Pierre-Yves, Sharf, Inna, Reeves, Nicolas, Rekleitis, Ioannis, Abouzakhm, Patrick, Girdhar, Yogesh, Harmat, Adam, Dudek, Gregory and Giguère, Philippe. 2017. « Control, localization and human interaction with an autonomous lighter-than-air performer ». Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 88. pp. 165-186.
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Due to the recent technological progress, Human–RobotInteraction (HRI) has become a major field of research in both engineering and artistic realms, particularly so in the last decade. The mainstream interests are, however, extremely diverse: challenges are continuously shifting, the evolution of robot’ skills, as well as the advances in methods for understanding their environment radically impact the design and implementation of research prototypes. When directly deployed in a public installation or artistic performances, robots help foster the next level of understanding in HRI. To this effect, this paper presents a successful interdisciplinary art-science-technology project, the Aerostabiles, leading to a new way of conducting HRI research. The project consists of developing a mechatronic, intelligent platform embodied in multiple geometric blimps – cubes – that hover and move in the air. The artistic context of this project required a number of advances in engineering on the aspects of localization and control systems, flight dynamics, as well as interaction strategies, and their evolution through periods of collective activities called “research–creation residencies”. These events involve artists, engineers, and performers working in close collaboration, sometimes, over several weeks at a time. They generate fruitful exchanges between all researchers, but most of all, they present a unique and creative way to direct and focus the robotics development. This paper represents an overview of the technical contributions from a range of expertise through the artistic drive of the Aerostabiles project.

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
St-Onge, David
Affiliation: Autres
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2019 21:36
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2019 15:53

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