The Rainbow team is a joint Inria/IRISA Project-Team in partnership with CNRS, Université de Rennes 1, and Insa of Rennes.

The long-term vision of the Rainbow team is to develop the next generation of sensor-based robots able to navigate and/or interact in complex unstructured environments together with human users.

We aim at tackling these general scientific challenges:

  • high-level of autonomy for complex robots in complex (unstructured) environments;
  • forward interfaces for letting an operator giving high-level commands to the robots in simple ways;
  • backward interfaces for informing the operator about the robot ‘status’;
  • user studies for assessing the best interfacing depending on the particular task/situation.

The applications targeted by research activities involve:

  • remote manipulation with single/multiple arms under the guidance of a human operator
  • coordination of single/multiple mobile robots for spatial navigation tasks (e.g., exploration, navigation, mapping)
  • medical robotics for semi-autonomous probing and intervention
  • assistive mobility devices for frail or impaired people

Please visit our YouTube channel for a selection of recent results.

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