PR2 Pet Project at GWU
Photo credit: Jessica McConnell Burt/The George Washington University
First there was P.O.O.P. S.C.O.O.P. (Perception Of Offensive Products and Sensorized Control Of Object Pickup) from the folks at Penn's GRASP Lab, and now this. The team at George Washington University have been working on even more tools to improve the clearly vital robo-canine relationship.
In a course entitled "Autonomous Robotics," Prof. Drumwright worked with students to develop occupational capabilities in the PR2; many of which were pet-related.
GWU senior Sam Zapolsky worked on teaching the PR2 how to walk a dog. Another student, James Taylor worked on a program that would enable the PR2 to play fetch with a dog. Ph.D. student Roxana Leontie created a program that would allow the PR2 to deliver food to a pet.
This in-depth article is well worth reading; not just for the novelty of robots and pets, but also for a deeper understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of personal robotics research and the process by which researchers today are building the robot capabilities of tomorrow.
Congratulations to Prof. Drumwright and his students. You can read the full article here.