My research interest lies in swarm intelligence and swarm robotics. Over the course of my PhD in IRIDIA, I will focus my research efforts on swarm construction.
My PhD topic is "Swarm Construction: Stigmergy-based Coordination of a Swarm of Robots that Cooperate in Building an Artifact". I work with Michael Allwright and Prof. Marco Dorigo on SRoCS, a multi-robot construction platform.
This picture comes from "Allwright M, Bhalla N, Pinciroli C, et al. Towards Autonomous Construction using Stigmergic Blocks. Technical report TR/IRIDIA/2017-003. Brussels, Belgium: IRIDIA, Université libre de Bruxelles, 2017. URL http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/IridiaTrSeries/index.php, 2017."
In my previous research, I partially implemented a swarm of robots that built a rectangular shape using stigmergy, which laid the foundation for my current research.
The virtual physics-based design method draws inspiration from the behavior of physical particles. Each robot is considered as a virtual physical particle with a virtual potential energy field around it, which exerts virtual forces on its neighbouring robots. In my research, I proposed the passive field dynamics method, where a swarm of robots arranges itself into complex lattice configurations.Read
Several of my publications are listed below:
Weixu Zhu, Zhiyong Yuan. Passive Field Dynamics Method: an Advanced Physics-based Approach for Formation Control of Robot Swarm. The Eight International Conference on Swarm Intelligence. 2017, Fukuoka, Japan.
Weixu Zhu, Zhiyong Yuan. Azimuth-dependent and Flux-conserved Force Field Model: A New Control Method for Robot Swarm. Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation, 2016: 1426-1431.
Weixu Zhu, Zhiyong Yuan, Qianqian Tong. Coil Magnetic Field Characteristics Analysis and Coil Spatial Pose Calculation in Magnetic Haptic Feedback. Journal of Electronic Measurement and Instrumentation, 2016, (2016.04):590-597.
Zheng M, Yuan Z, Zhu W, et al. A fast mass spring model solver for high-resolution elastic objects[J]. SIMULATION, 2017: 0037549717699073.
Zheng M, Yuan Z, Tong Q, et al. A novel unconditionally stable explicit integration method for finite element method[J]. The Visual Computer, 2017: 1-13.
Qianqian Tong, Zhiyong Yuan, Mianlun Zheng, Weixu Zhu, Guian Zhang, Xiangyun Liao. A Novel Magnetic Levitation Haptic Device for Augmentation of Tissue Stiffness Perception. Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Conference on Virtual Reality Software and Technology. ACM, 2016: 143-152.
Erhu Chen, Zhiyong Yuan, Zejiang Yu, Xiangyun Liao, Weixu Zhu. Modeling, Simulation and Implementation of Electromagnetic Force Feedback in Virtual Surgery System. Journal of System Simulation, 2014, 26(9): 2003-2008.
I am a huge fan of classical guitar. I have been learning classical guitar for more than 10 years and have attended several concerts.
I have also taken on interest in ants keeping. I am fascinated by the behavior of these little creatures, which are the inspiration on my research in swarm intelligence and swarm robotics
Currently I live in Brussel. You can reach me through:
Université Libre de Bruxelles
50, Av. F. Roosevelt, CP 194/6
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
It is on the 5th floor of Building C in Campus de Solbosch of ULB
My E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org