I work in the broad field of Robotics, and I am specifically interested in developing algorithms that will allow a robot to naturally interact with/assist us human beings in order to accomplish complicated and tedious tasks. Therefore, my long term research goal, in general, is to develop sensing and control strategies that facilitates seamless and adaptive interaction between humans and robots, and apply the said strategies to current real world robots like intelligent vehicles, assistive robots and rehabilitation robots, that operate in human populated enviroments.
My present and short-term future work deals with:
- Integrating communication constraints within autonomous indoor navigation: Robots, especially indoor mobile robots operating in large environments like shopping malls & airports, inadvertently communicate via wireless networks for enhanced perception and decision making capabilities. Owing to highly dynamic signal attenuation characteristics in such environments, connectivity issues may arise during robotic navigation, leading to disruption in information flow which can cause potential danger. Moreover, disturbances like pedestrian flows can also add a layer of temporal wireless signal variation complexities. Therefore the goal here is to design generative approaches for embedding radio signal strength constraints within indoor mobile robot navigation.
- Functional Pedestrian-aware Navigation: By exploiting the utility of both modeled and learnt social navigation behaviours, the goal here is to lay the algorithmic foundations of a unifying strategy for pedestrian-aware navigation that is aimed at robots deployed in human-crowded environments.
- Exploring the question of how to share control among human users and assistive robots: The objective here is to investigate shared control strategies, especially shared control strategies for personal mobility. With the recent advances in self-driving cars that are also envisoned to function as semi-autonomous machines, this has become an important research issue within the robotics community.
Interests: Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction/Collaboration, Applied Computer Vison and Machine Learning.
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- V. K. Narayanan, F. Pasteau, M. Marchal, A. Krupa, M. Babel. "Vision-based adaptive assistance and haptic guidance for safe wheelchair corridor following". Computer Vision and Image Understanding (CVIU), 2016.
- F. Pasteau, V. K. Narayanan, M. Babel, F. Chaumette. "A visual servoing approach for autonomous corridor following and doorway passing in a wheelchair". Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), 2016.
- N. Radhika, Babu Devasenapathi, R.Subramanian, R. Subramany, V. K. Narayanan. " Pattern recognition based surface roughness prediction in turning Hybrid Metal Matrix Composite using Random Forest algorithm". Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, 65(1):5, 2013.
- L. Devigne, M. Babel, F. Nouviale, V. K. Narayanan, F. Pasteau and P. Gallien. "Design of an immersive simulator for assisted power wheelchair driving". In IEEE/RAS-EMBS Int. Conf. on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 2017.
- V. K. Narayanan, A. Spalanzani, M. Babel. "A semi-autonomous framework for human-aware and user intention driven wheelchair mobility assistance". In IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016.
- L. Devigne, V. K. Narayanan, F. Pasteau, M. Babel. "Low complex sensor-based shared control for power wheelchair navigation". In IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016.
- V. K. Narayanan, A. Spalanzani, C. Luo, M. Babel. "Analysis of an adaptive strategy for equitably approaching and joining human interactions". In IEEE Int. Symp. on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (ROMAN), 2016.
- V. K. Narayanan, A. Spalanzani, F. Pasteau, M. Babel. "On equitably approaching and joining a group of interacting humans". In IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015.
- V. K. Narayanan, F. Pasteau, M. Babel, F. Chaumette. "Visual servoing for autonomous doorway passing in a wheelchair using a single doorpost". In IEEE/RSJ IROS Workshop on Assistance and Service Robotics in a Human Environment, 2014.
- V. K. Narayanan, C. Crane. "Active Relearning for Robust On-Road Vehicle Detection and Tracking". In Int. Conf. on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS), 2013.
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