I'm a CS student and I need to give a 30-minute lecture about 1-2 papers describing 1-2 algorithms for any of the main problems in Robotics (navigation, coverage, patrolling, etc.).

I have no background in Robotics specifically, but I did take classes such as Algorithms and AI (including some basic AI algorithms such as A*, IDS, UCS, and subjects such as decision trees, game theory, etc.). The difference between simply describing one of the above is that I need the paper to refer to actual physical robots and their algorithms, with real problems in the physical world, as opposed to AI "agents" with more theoretical algorithms.

I am required to lecture on 1-2 academic papers, published from 2012 onward, with a "respectable" amount of citations. Any suggestions of such papers would be greatly appreciated!

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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's a homework question and OP hasn't shown any effort, because it's a literature request, and because there's no specific question based on a problem OP actually faces. The question is, "I need 2 papers on robots," with no other direction. Is it a request for papers on unmanned deep sea navigation or on vending machines? $\endgroup$ – Chuck Feb 28 '16 at 19:23
  • $\begingroup$ That said, if I were OP, I'd use the university library's database to search papers on algorithms I were interested in, then see who cited those papers. Then I could find papers that reference algorithms I was interested in. $\endgroup$ – Chuck Feb 28 '16 at 19:24
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    $\begingroup$ If you haven't been taught about applied robotics applications, nobody else in your class has, either. So, you've got the same problem everyone else does - a research problem. As I said above, you provide no topics you're interested in, so it's hard for anyone here to give any relevant feedback. As I also said, my advice would be to use your university library to search databases like IEEE Xplore, look for algorithms you're interested in, then see who cited them. Search quality journals and get quality papers. $\endgroup$ – Chuck Feb 28 '16 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ @Chuck Thanks, I'll definitely try that out. $\endgroup$ – Cauthon Feb 28 '16 at 19:55
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    $\begingroup$ @Cauthon If you really know nothing, then academic papers might be a bit dry and too deep. There are occasionally survey papers that are helpful, but at this stage, you'd be better off going to higher-level publications. The Journal of Field Robotics and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine are good options for higher-level, but still technical, discussions of robotics. Your librarian can help you find recent articles in these periodicals. $\endgroup$ – Josh Vander Hook Feb 29 '16 at 19:26

You might like the algorithms run on PR-2 robot. Two papers I can think of are "A single planner for a composite task of approaching, opening and navigating through non-spring and spring-loaded doors" and "Motion planning for smooth pickup of moving objects". Both can be found on IEEE Xplore.


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