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UW CSE’s Peter Henry in New Scientist

New Scientist reports on two recent results in robotics, including work by UW CSE’s Peter Henry and collaborators Christian Vollmer, Brian Ferris, and Dieter Fox.

“Rather than pre-programming fixed instructions, the team thinks it’s simpler to drop a robot untrained into the real world but equip it with the smarts to study and mimic the behaviour of those around them.  They have developed an algorithm that allows a virtual robot to navigate a crowd as a human might by first monitoring how the properties of the crowd – density and flow – affect the way virtual crowd members move through the throng.”

Read the New Scientist article here.  See the Crowd Navigation project web page here.

May 18, 2010