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.


NEWS & Press release

  • [05/17/2016] JR has been featured by the MIT Technology Review! Link
  • [05/10/2016] JR has been featured in the financial times! Link
  • [05/05/2015] JR on PBS
  • [04/15/2015] First TV for JR (ScienFi channel)
  • [03/01/2015] First day out on Stanford campus for JR!




Silvio Savarese

Assistant Professor    
ssilvio at stanford dot edu 

Jerry Kaplan

Visiting lecturer  
jerrykaplan at stanford dot edu 

Alexandre Alahi

alahi at stanford dot edu

Amir Sadeghian

PhD Candidate,  
amirabs at stanford dot edu

Alexandre Robicquet

Master's Student,  
arobicqu at stanford dot edu





  • A. Alahi*, K. Goel*, V. Ramanathan, A. Robicquet, L. Fei-Fei, S. Savarese, Social LSTM: Human Trajectory Prediction in Crowded Spaces, in IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2016 spotlight. pdf bibtex
  • A. Robicquet, A. Alahi, A. Sadeghian, S. Savarese, Learning Social Etiquette: Human Trajectory Understanding in Crowded Scenes, ArXiv 2016 (To be appeared in ECCV16). pdf


Dataset and Code

  • The Stanford Drone Dataset is available (here)


JR life



JR at the dressing room! JR ready for california winter! JR suit up! JR in red!    


Related videos


JR view! JR on PBS!


JR on Financial Times!




We acknowledge the support of Panasonic.


Contact : alahi (at) stanford (dot) edu

Last update : 05/19/2016