A survey on socially aware robot navigation: taxonomy and future challenges

Journal Article (2024)


The International Journal of Robotics Research

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Socially aware robot navigation is gaining popularity with the increase in delivery and assistive robots. The research is further fueled by a need for socially aware navigation skills in autonomous vehicles to move safely and appropriately in spaces shared with humans. Although most of these are ground robots, drones are also entering the field. In this paper, we present a literature survey of the works on socially aware robot navigation in the past 10 years. We propose four different faceted taxonomies to navigate the literature and examine the field from four different perspectives. Through the taxonomic review, we discuss the current research directions and the extending scope of applications in various domains. Further, we put forward a list of current research opportunities and present a discussion on possible future challenges that are likely to emerge in the field.


mobile robots.

Author keywords

Socially Aware Robot Navigation, Human-aware Navigation, Literature Survey, Taxonomy, Challenges

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P.T. Singamaneni, P. Bachiller, L.J. Manso, A. Garrell Zulueta, A. Sanfeliu, A. Spalanzani and R. Alami. A survey on socially aware robot navigation: taxonomy and future challenges. The International Journal of Robotics Research, 2024, to appear.