Revolutionizing Social Robotics: A Cloud-Based Framework for Enhancing the Intelligence and Autonomy of Social Robots †

Abdelrahman Osman Elfaki, Mohammed Abduljabbar, Luqman Ali, Fady Alnajjar, Dua’a Mehiar, Ashraf M. Marei, Tareq Alhmiedat, Adel Al-Jumaily

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Abstract

Social robots have the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with technology, providing a wide range of services and applications in various domains, such as healthcare, education, and entertainment. However, most existing social robotics platforms are operated based on embedded computers, which limits the robot’s capabilities to access advanced AI-based platforms available online and which are required for sophisticated physical human–robot interactions (such as Google Cloud AI, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, IBM Watson, ChatGPT, etc.). In this research project, we introduce a cloud-based framework that utilizes the benefits of cloud computing and clustering to enhance the capabilities of social robots and overcome the limitations of current embedded platforms. The proposed framework was tested in different robots to assess the general feasibility of the solution, including a customized robot, “BuSaif”, and commercialized robots, “Husky”, “NAO”, and “Pepper”. Our findings suggest that the implementation of the proposed platform will result in more intelligent and autonomous social robots that can be utilized by a broader range of users, including those with less expertise. The present study introduces a novel methodology for augmenting the functionality of social robots, concurrently simplifying their utilization for non-experts. This approach has the potential to open up novel possibilities within the domain of social robotics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number48
JournalRobotics
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • autonomy
  • cloud-based
  • intelligence
  • remote-control
  • social robots
  • teleoperation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Optimization
  • Artificial Intelligence

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