AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fourth International FLAIRS Conference

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Navigating with the Tekkotsu Pilot
Owen Paul Watson, Dave Touretzky

Last modified: 2011-03-21


Tekkotsu is a free, open source software framework for high-level robot programming. We describe enhancements to Tekkotsu's navigation component, the Pilot, to incorporate a particle filter for localization and an RRT-based path planner for obstacle avoidance. This allows us to largely automate the robot's navigation behavior using a combination of odometry and landmark-based localization. Beginning robot programmers need only indicate a destination in Tekkotsu's world map and the Pilot will take the robot there. The software has been tested both in simulation and on Calliope, a new educational robot developed in the Tekkotsu lab in collaboration with RoPro Design, Inc..

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