The consortium of the Giraff project involves institutions and companies from six countries:
|Participant organisation name||Country|
|Örebro universitet (Coordinator)||Sweden|
|Universidad de Malaga||Spain|
|Giraff Technologies AB||Sweden|
|Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche CNR-ISTC||Italy|
|Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche ISTI||Italy|
|IntelliCare - Intelligent Sensing in Healthcare, Lda||Portugal|
|Örebro County Council||Sweden|
|Azienda sanitaria locale Roma/A||Italy|
|Distrito sanitario Costa del Sol||Spain|
One of the major responsabilities of the MAPIR group in this project aim at improving the mobility of the Giraff platform and coordinating the integration of the different sensors and components within a functional prototype.
Three major issues will be addressed here:
1) Reliable but inexpensive surrounding perception. Among other alternatives we will study short range laser scanner and recently appeared 3D cameras (Kinect, from Microsoft).
2) Giraff self-localization. We will implement specific self-positioning algorithms based on the data provided by the selected sensor.
3) Reactive navigation to nearby places. This requires the implementation of algorithms for free space detection and Giraff motion generation toward the target while taking into account non-holonomic constraints and the shape of the platform.