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# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
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I'm going to rehearse two presentations I have to prepare for the 2006 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics & Automation, which is held in two weeks in Florida. Each presentation should last 13 minutes + discussion.
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1)
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This paper addresses the cooperative transport of a
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heavy object by a group of mobile robots. We present a system
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in which group members lacking knowledge about the position
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of the transport target exploit physical interactions with other
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members of the group that have such knowledge. This is the first
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such system to achieve a performance superior to that of a passive
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caster. The system is fully decentralized and the information
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flow between the robots is limited to physical interactions.
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The robots have no knowledge about their relative positions.
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A comprehensive experimental study with up to six physical
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robots confirms the effectiveness, reliability, and robustness of
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the system. Finally, the system is examined in rough terrain
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conditions.
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2)
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We present a first attempt to accomplish a simple
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object manipulation task using the self-reconfigurable robotic
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system swarm-bot. The number of modular entities involved,
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their global shape or size and their internal structure are not
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pre-determined, but result from a self-organized process in which
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the modules autonomously grasp each other and/or an object.
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The modules are autonomous in perception, control, action, and
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power. We present quantitative results, obtained with six physical
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modules, that confirm the utility of self-assembling robots in a
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concrete task.
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# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
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'''''Reading material'''''
 
'''''Reading material'''''
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These are the papers. However, the presentations should be self-contained.
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http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~rgross/icra06_568_final.pdf
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http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~rgross/icra06_922_final.pdf
   
   
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
   
 
==Wednesday 10th May 2006 - Shervin ==
 
==Wednesday 10th May 2006 - Shervin ==

Revision as of 11:09, 28 April 2006

Contents

Purpose

  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.


Format

  1. 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
  2. Robotics 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

Unless:

  • 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.


Wednesday 6th April 2006 - Rehan

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion
    • Controller - Two robots adaptively rotate to overcome a hill
  2. Robotics Group Admin
    • Rehan - Common Interface Wiki Page

Reading material

  • None

People who will be absent

  • MarcoD



Wednesday 13th April 2006 - Anders

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion
    • Controller design
    • Palet lifting and transport
    • Evolving self-assembly
  2. Robotics Group Admin
    • E-pucks

Reading material

None

People who will be absent

  • MarcoD, Rehan



Wednesday 19th April 2006 - Elio

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion
    • I presents the results of a series of simulation concerning the evolution of controllers for heterogeneous robots required to coordinate their actions in order to approach a target. This work, carried out by myself, Christos Ampatzis, Federico Vicentini and Marco Dorigo, has been recently submitted to SAB06.
  1. Robotics Group Admin

Reading material If you are interested in doing some reading about this subject, you can find in my room printed copies of the paper submitted to the conference.

People who will be absent




Wednesday 26th April 2006 - Christos

I will talk about current work on the evolution of communication for heterogeneous robots, trying to link it with older work and also with what I have in mind as future goal, but also on a new self-assembly method we are working on with Anders, where the NN takes care of everything, without use of camera. I will also elaborate on the doors the latter effort might open once successful.

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion
  2. Robotics Group Admin

Reading material


People who will be absent


Results




Wednesday 3rd May 2006 - Roderich

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion

I'm going to rehearse two presentations I have to prepare for the 2006 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics & Automation, which is held in two weeks in Florida. Each presentation should last 13 minutes + discussion.

1) This paper addresses the cooperative transport of a heavy object by a group of mobile robots. We present a system in which group members lacking knowledge about the position of the transport target exploit physical interactions with other members of the group that have such knowledge. This is the first such system to achieve a performance superior to that of a passive caster. The system is fully decentralized and the information flow between the robots is limited to physical interactions. The robots have no knowledge about their relative positions. A comprehensive experimental study with up to six physical robots confirms the effectiveness, reliability, and robustness of the system. Finally, the system is examined in rough terrain conditions.

2) We present a first attempt to accomplish a simple object manipulation task using the self-reconfigurable robotic system swarm-bot. The number of modular entities involved, their global shape or size and their internal structure are not pre-determined, but result from a self-organized process in which the modules autonomously grasp each other and/or an object. The modules are autonomous in perception, control, action, and power. We present quantitative results, obtained with six physical modules, that confirm the utility of self-assembling robots in a concrete task.

  1. Robotics Group Admin

Reading material These are the papers. However, the presentations should be self-contained. http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~rgross/icra06_568_final.pdf http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~rgross/icra06_922_final.pdf


People who will be absent

Wednesday 10th May 2006 - Shervin

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion
  2. Robotics Group Admin

Reading material


People who will be absent




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