Interesting survey of relevant long-term applications of service robots in real environments

Roberto Pinillos, Samuel Marcos, Raul Feliz, Eduardo Zalama, Jaime Gómez-García-Bermejo, Long-term assessment of a service robot in a hotel environment, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Volume 79, May 2016, Pages 40-57, ISSN 0921-8890, DOI: 10.1016/j.robot.2016.01.014.

The long term evaluation of the Sacarino robot is presented in this paper. The study is aimed to improve the robot‘s capabilities as a bellboy in a hotel; walking alongside the guests, providing information about the city and the hotel and providing hotel-related services. The paper establishes a three-stage assessment methodology based on the continuous measurement of a set of metrics regarding navigation and interaction with guests. Sacarino has been automatically collecting information in a real hotel environment for long periods of time. The acquired information has been analyzed and used to improve the robot’s operation in the hotel through successive refinements. Some interesting considerations and useful hints for the researchers of service robots have been extracted from the analysis of the results.

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