The goal of TOURBOT is the development of an interactive tour-guide robot able to provide individual access to museums' exhibits and cultural heritage over the Internet. TOURBOT operates as the user's avatar in the museum by accepting command over the web that direct it to move in its workspace and visit specific exhibits; besides, TOURBOT can also act as a flexible, on-site museum-guide. More specifically, the objectives of the project are the following: (1) develop a robotic avatar with advanced navigation capabilities that will be able to move (semi)autonomously in the museum's premises. (2) develop appropriate web interfaces to the robotic avatar that will realize distant-user's telepresence, i.e facilitate scene observation through the avatar's eyes, (3) facilitate personalized and realistic observation of the museum exhibits, and (4) enable on-site, interactive museum tour-guides.

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