Peters II, Richard A. (Alan), Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Alan Peters, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
234 Jacobs Hall
The Intelligent Robotics Laboratory (IRL) of the Center for Intelligent Systems in the School of Engineering is a state-of-the-art facility for research on robots that interact with human beings. A primary focus is on Human-Centered Robotics — wherein the capabilities and needs of people shape the fundamental design constraints for the robots. The IRL performs basic research in fundamental problems of human-robot interaction, including the sensing, recognition, and interpretation of human actions, human-like and human-compatible robot behavior with respect to sensing and manipulating the environment, reactive control for human safety, human-robot cooperation, which incorporates the mutual direction of attention and human-directed local autonomy (HuDL), and robot-robot interaction using the same concepts. Problems of computer vision including object recognition, visual attention, and visual guidance of motion are of primary importance.
A primary goal of the IRL is to incorporate the results of basic research into real working systems developed with widely-available, current, low-cost, off-the-shelf technology. Therefore, our computational platforms are Pentium-class PCs running the Microsoft Windows NT operating system. Most software is developed in C++. Sensory input devices such as cameras, microphones, digitizers, and frame grabbers are all commercial products.
The combination of basic research with practical solutions has led to the development of ISAC, a stationary dual-armed humanoid with an active vision system, Helpmate, a single-armed, mobile platform fully compatible with ISAC, ROBIN, a small, climber robot, and a low-cost anthropomorphic multifingered gripper called the pneu-hand.