Socially CompliAnt Navigation Dataset (SCAND)

SCAND


About

Have you wondered how autonomous mobile robots should share space with humans in public spaces? Are you interested in developing autonomous mobile robots that can navigate within human crowds in a socially compliant manner? Do you want to analyze human reactions and behaviors in the presence of mobile robots of different morphologies?

If so, we introduce to you Socially CompliAnt Navigation Dataset (SCAND). Our dataset contains 25 miles and 8.7 hours of robot driven trajectories through a variety of social environments around the University of Texas at Austin campus.

SCAND also contains:

  • 138 trajectories
  • 15 days of social navigation data on 2 robots : A wheeled Clearpath Jackal and a legged Boston Dynamics Spot
  • Indoor and outdoor environments @ UT Austin campus
  • 2 highly crowded football game days (including a concert at the same time!)
  • Mild to heavily crowded environments
  • 4 different human demonstrators



Data Colllection

In a busy outdoor/indoor environment, the human expert teleoperates the robot, moving among other pedestrians in a socially compliant manner:


Data from each trajectory is collected by the variety of sensors on the Jackal and Spot:

Sensors

Here is an example of an outdoor data collection run in Speedway, UT Austin:

The above trajectory shows the 5 monocular videos taken from around the body of Spot, the RGB video from the Azure Kinect Camera, and a 3D point cloud captured by the Velodyne Lidar Puck.



Example Usage

To show an example of how this dataset can be used, we train a behavior cloning (BC) agent to imitate the socially compliant navigation demonstrations in SCAND.

We then compare this learned agent with ROS move_base in real-world trials using human subjects in 2 scenarios:

  • Static trial: the human is stationary and the robot navigates around the human.
  • Dynamic trial: the human and the robot move past each other and reach where the other started.

Static Trails

In this trail, the human is standing in the center of the room, and the robot has to navigate to a goal positioned behind the human.

The move_base agent does reach the goal but travels very close to the human participant and is not very socially compliant:


The BC agent trained from SCAND also gets to the goal point behind the human participant, but unlike move_base, it navigates around the participant with plenty of distance:

Dynamic Trials

In this trail, the human participant and the robot move past each other and reach where the other started walking from.

Once again, the move_base agent does reach the goal but travels very close to the human, creating an awkward scenario:


The BC agent trained from SCAND also gets to the goal point behind the human participant but oncea gain navigates around the participant with plenty of distance:


We also deployed our BC agent in the wild on Speedway in the UT Austin Campus:

The BC agent avoids the other pedestrains in a socailly compliant manner, avoids the construction area, and even avoids vehicles.


Contact

For questions, please contact:

Dr. Xuesu Xiao
Department of Computer Science
The University of Texas at Austin
2317 Speedway, Austin, Texas 78712-1757 USA
+1 (512) 471-9765
xiao@cs.utexas.edu