Faculty Advisor

Fischer, Gregory S.


The project focused on performing a feasibility study to evaluate the public's interest and comfort level with a tour guide robot, and on gaining information for guiding future development of the robot into a fully functioning and autonomous tour guide. Volunteers who had already completed a normal campus tour were guided on a tour route by a robot. The robot was controlled remotely by a student in a "wizard of oz" type trial without the knowledge of the tour participants. The volunteers filled out questionnaires pertaining to their thoughts and feelings regarding their tour experiences. Overall, the participants were overwhelmingly pleased and enthusiastic about the robotic tours leading to the conclusion that robot guided tours are a feasible practice for the WPI campus.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering