Introducing JackRabbot

The social navigation Robot


Humans have the innate ability to "read" one another. When people walk in a crowed public space such as a sidewalk, an airport terminal, or a shopping mall, they obey a large number of (unwritten) common sense rules and comply with social conventions. For instance, as they consider where to move next, they respect personal space and yield right-of-way. The ability to model these “rules” and use them to understand and predict human motion in complex real world environments is extremely valuable for the next generation of social robots.

Our work at the CVGL is making practical a new generation of autonomous agents that can operate safely alongside humans in dynamic crowded environments such as terminals, malls, or campuses.  This enhanced level of proficiency opens up a broad new range of applications where robots can replace or augment human efforts. One class of tasks now susceptible to automation is the delivery of small items – such as purchased goods, mail, food, tools and documents – via spaces normally reserved for pedestrians.

In this project, we are exploring this opportunity by developing a demonstration platform to make deliveries locally within the Stanford campus.  The Stanford “Jackrabbot”, which takes it name from the nimble yet shy Jackrabbit, is a self-navigating automated electric delivery cart capable of carrying small payloads. In contrast to autonomous cars, which operate on streets and highways, the Jackrabbot is designed to operate in pedestrian spaces, at a maximum speed of five miles per hour.

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Silvio Savarese

Assistant Professor

Amir Sadeghian

PhD Candidate

Patrick Goebel

Research Scientist

Michael Abbot

Visiting Scholar

JunYoung Gwak

PhD Candidate

Noriaki Hirose

Visiting Scholar
Toyota Central R&D

Roberto Martín-Martín

Postdoctoral Researcher

Kevin Chen

PhD candidate

Pin Pin Tea-mangkornpan

PhD Candidate

Xiaoxue Zang

Master's Student

Vineet Kosaraju

Undergraduate Student Web

Max Chang

Undergraduate Student

Alan Federman

Systems Integration Engineer

Tin Tin Wisniewski

Faculty Administrator and Coordinator

Richard Martinez

Master’s Student

Seyed Hamid Rezatofighi

Endeavour Research Fellow

Ashwini Pokle

Master's Student


Alexandre Alahi

Assistant Professor (EPFL)

Alexander Robicquet

Master's Student

Marynel Vázquez

Assistant Professor (Yale University)

Chris Cruise

Master's Student

Lin Sun

Visiting Student
PhD Candidate, HKUST 

Zhenkai Wang

Master Student

Junwei Yang

Master Student

Agrim Gupta

Master Student

Vignesh Ramanthan

Research Scientist

Isabella Phung

Highschool Student

Hans Magnus Espelund Ewald

Master's Student

Neha Govil

High School Student

Nathan Tsoi

Master's Student

Vincent Chow

Master's Student


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We acknowledge the support of ONR, MURI, Toyota and Panasonic.

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Last update : 07/10/2018