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SANTO: Social Aerial NavigaTion in Outdoors


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This is a project within the Call for IRI MdM Internal Projects 2018, a call for R&D projects addressed to IRI early career researchers, under the María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence Programme.

Lately, there has been a growing interest in making autonomous robots able to interact with people. This challenging goal has opened many new research issues regarding the social capabilities robots should perform, for instance assisting people in public spaces or helping ageing people in homes. Furthermore, interest in flying-robots is growing significantly, and they are becoming more autonomous, meaning that their interaction and close collaboration with humans is the next step in terms of research and technical challenges. This project aims to enhance the Aerial Social Force Model (ASFM) with a new nonlinear-based approach using Neural Networks, to allow human-drone side-by-side social navigation in outdoor real environments.