MAVI: A Research Platform for Telepresence and Teleoperation

Mojtaba Karimi, Tamay Aykut, Eckehard Steinbach

arXiv:1805.09447, May 2018


One of the goals in telepresence is to be able to perform daily tasks remotely. A key requirement for this is a robust and reliable mobile robotic platform. Ideally, such a platform should support 360-degree stereoscopic vision and semi-autonomous telemanipulation ability. In this technical report, we present our latest work on designing the telepresence mobile robot platform called MAVI. MAVI is a low-cost and robust but extendable platform for research and educational purpose, especially for machine vision and human interaction in telepresence setups. The MAVI platform offers a balance between modularity, capabilities, accessibility, cost and an open source software framework. With a range of different sensors such as Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), 360-degree laser rangefinder, ultrasonic proximity sensors, and force sensors along with smart actuation in omnidirectional holonomic locomotion, high load cylindrical manipulator, and actuated stereoscopic Pan-Tilt-Roll Unit (PTRU), not only MAVI can provide the basic feedbacks from its surroundings, but also can interact within the remote environment in multiple ways. The software architecture of MAVI is based on the Robot Operating System (ROS) which allows for the easy integration of the state-of-the-art software packages.