Dr Nick Hawes

Reader in Autonomous Intelligent Robotics

School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Email: n.a.hawes@cs.bham.ac.uk
Twitter: @hawesie
Phone: +44 (0) 121 41 43739
Office: 133 (first floor, back right)
Office Hours: Mon 12:00, Tues 11:00 (term-time only)
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[hawesetal2010aamas] Nick Hawes and Marc Hanheide and Kristoffer Sjoo and Alper Aydemir and Patric Jensfelt and Moritz Gobelbecker and Michael Brenner and Hendrik Zender and Pierre Lison and Ivana Kruijff-Korbayov and Geert-Jan Kruijff and Michael Zillich. Dora The Explorer: A Motivated Robot. In AAMAS '10: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, pages 1617-1618, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. May 2010. [pdf] [bib]
Abstract. Dora the Explorer is a mobile robot with a sense of curiosity and a drive to explore its world. Given an incomplete tour of an indoor environment, Dora is driven by internal motivations to probe the gaps in her spatial knowledge. She actively explores regions of space which she hasn’t previously visited but which she expects will lead her to further unexplored space. She will also attempt to determine the categories of rooms through active visual search for functionally important objects, and through ontology-driven inference on the results of this search.
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