Hierarchical Sample-Based Joint Probabilistic Data Association Filter for Following Human Legs Using a Mobile Robot in a Cluttered Environment

Yoonchang Sung, Woo Jin Chung

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Abstract

Human-following in a cluttered environment is one of the challenging issues for mobile service robot applications. Since a laser range finder (LRF) is commonly installed for autonomous navigation, it is advantageous to adopt an LRF for detection and tracking humans. In this paper, we aim at the reliable human tracking performances in a dynamic cluttered environment. The key idea is to develop a hierarchical sample-based joint probabilistic data association filter (HSJPDAF) by focusing on the leg positions as well as human positions. The proposed HSJPDAF consists of two levels in order to consider the interdependence between targets. Possible locations of multiple human targets can be simultaneously estimated on the basis of Bayesian filtering. Comparison with the general technique was carried out to verify the performance of HSJPDAF in both artificial indoor and real-world environments. Owing to the hierarchical framework, the proposed method shows the improved robustness by reducing the target loss rate significantly in a dynamic cluttered environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7342938
Pages (from-to)340-349
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1

Keywords

  • Data association
  • human-following
  • mobile robot
  • service robot
  • target tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Signal Processing
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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