A volleyball playing robot

H. Nakai, Y. Taniguchi, M. Uenohara, T. Yoshimi, H. Ogawa, F. Ozaki, J. Oaki, H. Sato, Y. Asari, K. Maeda, H. Banba, T. Okada, K. Tatsuno, E. Tanaka, O. Yamaguchi, M. Tachimori

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We developed a robot system which can play one-on-one volleyball games with a human player. It can not only hit a flying ball back to the player correctly but also have various autonomous functionalities to interact with humans necessary for playing games, i.e., it can pick up a ball of a requested color by recognizing voice instructions, can locate the players by recognizing their faces, and can shake hands. This robot performed the entire game sequence over 100 times at a company-sponsored exhibition, where the ball rally continued over 25 times with an arbitrary player. In this paper, we mainly describe the real-Time visual feedback system of the robot which is essential for playing ball games.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 1998 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 1998
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)078034300X
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes
Event15th IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 1998 - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 1998 May 161998 May 20

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1050-4729


Conference15th IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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