Remote operation of CeCi social robot

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  • Barbecho-Jimbo, Edisson

  • Vallejo Ramírez, David

  • Cobos Torres, Juan Carlos

  • Angulo Bahon, Cecilio

  • Flores Vázquez, Carlos

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This paper presents a validation methodology for a remote system with its objective focused on a social robot. The research process starts with the customization of an application for smartphones, achieving a simple method of connection and attachment to the robot. This customization allows remote operation of the robot’s movements and an additional level of autonomy for the displacements in previously known locations. One of several teleoperations methods is the direct teleoperations method, which is used in master–slave control mode via a wireless network. Next, the article focuses on proposing a validation methodology for social robot applications design. Under this approach, two tests are performed to validate the designed application. The first one seeks to find the response speed of the communication between the robot and the mobile device wherein 10 devices with different characteristics and capabilities are used. This test is critical since a delay outside the allowable range invalidates the use of the application. The second test measures the application’s usability through a user survey, which allows for determining the preferences that people may have when using this type of application. This second test is essential to consider the overall acceptability of the social robot.



Author keywords

remote control, remote operation, mobile robot, ROS, android, social robot

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E. Barbecho-Jimbo, D. Vallejo-Ramírez, J. Cobos-Torres, C. Angulo and C. Flores-Vázquez. Remote operation of CeCi social robot . Robotics, 12(1): 19, 2023.