Optimization Group Meetings

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(Wednesday 26th October - Anders)
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==Wednesday 26th October - Anders==
==Friday 28th October - Prasanna==
'''''Presentation / Discussion Topics'''''
'''''Presentation / Discussion Topics'''''
Dependability and fault-tolerance in Robotics:
Local Search under Uncertainty:
* What is fault-tolerance and dependability?
* Overview of the state-of-the-art local search techniques to tackle uncertainty
* What has been done in robotics?
* Empirical estimation based local search to tackle uncertainty
* How could fault tolerance be implemented in a swarm robotics context?
'''''Administration Issues'''''
'''''Administration Issues'''''
* Coffee machine
* Structure for the weekly meeting
* New documents on the Wiki.
* Schedule for the Optimization weekly meeting
* Wiki page administration
* Next week...
* Next week...
* The new e-pucks
* Simulators and swarm-bot interfaces
'''''People who will be absent'''''
'''''People who will be absent'''''
Elio, Rodi, Christos
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[[Media :Fault_Tolerant_and_Dependable_Robotics.pdf|Download Presentation(PDF)]]
[[Media :Fault_Tolerant_and_Dependable_Robotics.pdf|Download Presentation(PDF)]]
* ''General:'' The topics on the agenda, which are of general interest are moved to the beginning of the meeting, so that non-robotics people can attend at a fixed hour each week.
* ''Coffee machine'':
** Marco buys a new one when he comes across a good, new coffee machine (suggestions are very welcome)
** Mauro is in charge of sending the current, broken machine to someone who can repair it.
* ''New Wiki-pages'':
** [[IRIDIA Technical reports]] - how to publish technical reports at IRIDIA + LaTeX styles etc.
** [[Access to Digital Libraries]]
** [[Media:Quand_quelque_chose_est_casse_sur_le_sbot.pdf | When something happens to the s-bots (French, pdf)]] - A document list common hardware problems and their solutions. Can also be found in the [[SBOT FAQ]] and the [[SBOT STATUS]] sections.
* ''Wiki security'': For certain parts of the Wiki it would be convenient to have access control, so that only people from IRIDIA can access those pages. Anders will look into that.
* ''E-pucks'': All the available info on the e-pucks will be put on the Wiki.
* ''Sbot/simulator interfaces'': Rehan is going to create a repository for the common sbot interface and it is going to be implemented in TwoDee.
* ''OMiss simulator'': Rehan is going to create a Wiki page on checking out and compiling OMiss (the new simulator based on ODE).

Revision as of 22:20, 1 November 2005



  1. Community. Keep everyone updated as to what other work is going on in the lab
  2. Research. Cross germination. Get feedback. Get help on problems. Get ideas.
  3. Admin. Lab administration.


  1. Iridia Administration (0 - 15 mins)
  2. Presentation & Discussion (30 - 50 mins)
    • Work you have been doing
    • Reading you have been doing in the context of your work
    • Other reading on something you are passionate about
  3. Optimization Group Administration (0 - 15 mins)

Try and make your session as involving as possible for everyone:

  • Send round material to be read beforehand.
  • Ask people before the meeting what aspects of your work / reading they would like to know about or discuss.
  • Think about implications of what you are presenting for the research direction of the lab as a whole - methodologies, technologies etc.

Timing & Attendance

The weekly meetings ALWAYS take place on

Wednesdays at 14.30


  • A given Wednesday is a public holiday, or
  • Something very important (like a Ph.D. defense) is overlapping.

If either should happen the meeting is postponed to the next day.

Please indicate on this wiki page if you are not going to be able to attend a meeting (no later than the Friday before).

If you forget to note your absence in advance you will be severely punished and will be forced to buy a nice, big cake for the following meeting.

Previous Meetings

See Minutes and agendas from previous meetings.

Friday 28th October - Prasanna

Presentation / Discussion Topics

Local Search under Uncertainty:

  • Overview of the state-of-the-art local search techniques to tackle uncertainty
  • Empirical estimation based local search to tackle uncertainty

Administration Issues

  • Structure for the weekly meeting
  • Schedule for the Optimization weekly meeting
  • Wiki page administration
  • Next week...

People who will be absent -NA-


Download Presentation(PDF)

Wednesday 2nd November - Rehan


  1. IRIDIA Admin
    • Coffee Machine
    • New Wiki Pages
    • Next week...
  2. Presentation / Discussion
    • What is robotic pattern formation?
    • Potential applications using the Swarm Bot robotic platform
    • Discussion / feedback on my research direction
  3. Robotics Group Admin
    • Sbot / Simulator programmatic interfaces
    • Buying a computer+flatscreen for the robot room (or taking one that is not used)

Reading Material

  • There is no reading material for this weeks presentation

People who will be absent

Elio, Marco

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