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The Scouting Stone Project is a robotic work of art which fuses sensory tracking of people in public space, autonomous exploratory movement, and stone sculpture. A large, hollow boulder housing a robot base will move through its environment based on live data collected about the cumulative travels of people in the robot’s surroundings. This data — obtained through a network of placed video cameras —  will be used to identify the common lanes of travel that most people follow in the space. The robot will integrate this information and then move blocking a different area which will in turn disrupt the motion of people in the environment. The Scouting Stone Project is a robotic work of art which fuses sensory tracking of people in public space, autonomous exploratory movement, and stone sculpture. A large, hollow boulder housing a robot base will move through its environment based on live data collected about the cumulative travels of people in the robot’s surroundings. This data — obtained through a network of placed video cameras —  will be used to identify the common lanes of travel that most people follow in the space. The robot will integrate this information and then move blocking a different area which will in turn disrupt the motion of people in the environment.
-The intended presentation of this work is in public where the work can engage with an unsuspecting public, and the intended movement of the robot will be glacially slow so that the movement of the robot is only apparent after repeated visits to the space. The robot has numerous challenges for its design including the ability to carry heavy weight, highly articulate motion, object avoidance, data analysis, power supply management, and object stability among others. The ultimate goal of this work is to exhibit it across Canada both in Artist Run Centres and in public venues. This is a great opportunity to work on what will be a highly visible project which people from all walks of life will see and interact with.+The intended presentation of this work is in public where the work can engage with an unsuspecting public, and the intended movement of the robot will be glacially slow so that the movement of the robot is only apparent after repeated visits to the space. The robot has numerous challenges for its design including the ability to carry heavy weight, highly articulate motion, object avoidance, data analysis, power supply management, and object stability among others. The ultimate goal of this work is to exhibit it across Canada both in Artist Run Centres and in public venues. This is a great opportunity to work on what will be a highly visible project that people from all walks of life will see and interact with.
-If you are interested in working on this project, as either as part of a 4th year thesis in Computer Science, or as a capstone engineering (ENG4000) project please contact Michael Jenkin (jenkin@cse.yorku.ca).+If you are interested in working on this project, as either as part of a 4th year thesis in Computer Science, or as a capstone engineering (ENG4000) project, please contact Michael Jenkin (jenkin@cse.yorku.ca).
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