RAS research group conducts multidisciplinary research and development activities in the area of robotics and autonomous systems. Robotics and Autonomous Systems will be researched by the following focus groups:
Environment Perception Focus Group:
While we would like our machine to understand and be aware
of its environment, in actuality, a modern machine or a
robot is limited by the sensors we give it and the software
we write for it. Sensing is not perceiving. Sensors are
merely transducers that convert some physical phenomena
into electrical signals that the microprocessor can read.
Perception is much more than parameter estimation; it involves
the interpretation of complex data. Perception is thinking
Service Robotics Focus Group:
Last decade has witnessed intense research activities in
robotics that covered all aspects ranging from design, sensorial
fusion, control, environment modeling and mapping, to navigation
and locomotion novel designs. Nowadays, robots have started
a new era and entered new fields of application, including
reaching our homes in the form of assistants in particular
tasks, such as vacuum cleaning, in-home healthcare, remote
control of household appliance or even for the purpose of
entertainment. These developments were achieved owing to
the recent advances in other technologies such as sensors,
actuators, materials, new communications and multimedia
Industrial Automation Focus Group:
Today, the application of computer technology in automation
is expanding faster than any other area. Networks of industrial
computers connect individual manufacturing cells into flexible
manufacturing systems (FMS), and FMSs are linked to form
CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) systems spanning
entire enterprises. CIM can be defined as a technology that
combines the activities CAD (Computer Aided Design), CAP
(Computer Aided Process Planning), CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing),
CAQ (Computer Aided Quality Control) and PP&C (Production
Planning and Control) in one system. The rapid advance of
CIM systems during last decade has made it an exciting field
to work in.
Cooperative Intelligent Systems Focus Group:
|RAS researches and deploys computational intelligence mechanisms to mobile robotics and other autonomous intelligent control problems. RAS works on providing the needed artificial intelligence to robot so that they can operate as individuals and groups in real world unstructured and open environments.
This focus group conducts multidisciplinary research and development activities in the area of Sensor and Actuator Networks (SANET). Sensor and Actor Networks (SANET). SANET is a spatially distributed system that incorporates a set of heterogeneous sensing and acting agents that, when properly managed, can sense collaboratively and continuously a volume of interest and physically manipulate and interact with it.
Thisgroup focuses on the challenging problems of SANET such as:
-Static sensor placement to maximize the coverage
-Energy-aware deployment of mobile sensors
-Decentralized data fusion
-Hard and soft data fusion
-Routing, mobility, reliability, fault tolerance and adaptivity.
-Interoperability and accessibility of distributed sensing and acting agents.
The group also explores the applicability of sensor networks to many pertinent areas of industrial and commercial importance such as security and surveillance, environment monitoring, pipeline monitoring, infrastructure health monitoring, industrial process control, health care and home intelligence.