Crossing the Reality Gap: Control, Human Interaction and Cloud Technology for Multi- and Many- Robot Systems

 

Workshop at 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

June 1st, Hong Kong, China

Time: 9.00 - 12.30

Room: S426

 

This workshop is a sibling event of the workshop On the centrality of decentralization in multi-robot systems: holy grail or false idol? that will be held on June 1st, during the afternoon session.

 

Call for Contributions for the Interactive Session: download pdf

Deadline: March 16th March 30th


Motivation and Objectives

Advances in embedded processor and sensor technology in the last thirty years have accelerated interest in many robot systems and distributed sensor networks for applications such as exploration and mapping of unknown environments, large scale environmental monitoring and surveillance, and search and rescue. The advances that have made individual robots more practical have enabled the research and development of teams of robots, where capabilities are expressed by the team rather than by a super-capable individual. On these lines, it is becoming increasingly important to develop methodologies for controlling multiple robotic systems to perform high level tasks, often involving the interaction with human users and operators.

Therefore, the focus of this Workshop will be on the CONTROL of many robot systems, investigating theoretical, methodological and technological aspects. The objective is to identify currently available methodologies that can be exploited to deploy many-robot systems into real world environments. At the same time, one of the goals of the Workshop is to create a platform to connect experts from different fields, with the purpose of reducing the gap between theory and application.

The role of INTERACTION will be investigated, as a means to fulfill complex and high-level tasks. The objective is to describe the main methodologies and technologies that allow a human user to interact with many robot systems.

The paradigm of CLOUD ROBOTICS can be exploited as a methodology for increasing the capabilities of many-robot systems, as computation and storage can be moved to the cloud, exploiting the increasing pervasiveness of internet connectivity.

This workshop is the third event of the Crossing the reality gap series: the first workshop was held at ICRA 2012, and the second workshop was held at ICRA 2013.


Invited speakers

  1. Dezhen Song (Texas A&M University, USA)
  2. Edwin Olson (University of Michigan, USA)
  3. Sarthak Misra (University of Twente, Nederlands)
  4. Cristian Secchi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)
  5. Joey Durham (Kiva Systems, USA)
  6. Timothy Chung (Naval Postgraduate School, USA)
  7. Norihiro Hagita (Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International – ATR, Japan)
  8. Lorenzo Sabattini (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)


Program

9.00 - 9.10
Welcome

9.10 - 10.30 Session 1:
Cloud and communication technologies for Multi- and Many- Robot Systems

Chair: L. Sabattini

9.10 -  9.30
D. Song: Cloud Mediated Nature Observation

9.30 -  9.50
N. Hagita: Robotic Services for Super-Aging Society Service Development with Cloud Networked Robotics Technologies

9.50 - 10.10
E. Olson: Multi-Robot Systems and Communications Limits

10.10 - 10.30
J. Durham: Controlling Many Robots in Many Warehouses
10.30 - 11.00
Interactive Session

R. Grieder, J. Alonso-Mora, C. Bloechlinger, R. Siegwart and P. Beardsley: Multi-robot Control and Interaction with a Hand-held Tablet

S. Kim, S. J. Guy, W. Liu, D. Wilkie, R. W. H. Lau, M. C. Lin and D. Manocha: Predicting Pedestrian Trajectories for Robot Navigation

D. Sofge, M. Kuhlman, N. Sydney and D. Paley: Mobile Autonomous Navy Teams for Information Surveillance and Search (MANTISS)


[The interactive session will be jointly held with the sibling workshop
On the centrality of decentralization in multi-robot systems: holy grail or false idol? and will continue form 15.30 to 16.00]
11.00 - 12.20 Session 2:
Control of and interaction with Multi- and Many- Robot Systems

Chair: J. Durham

11.00 -  11.20
T. Chung: Advanced Concepts and Field Experimentation of Large-Scale Aerial Many-Robot Systems

11.20 -  11.40
C. Secchi: Passivity-based Teleoperation of Multi-Robot Systems with Time-Varying Topology

11.40 - 12.00
S. Misra: Wireless Control of Micro-Sized Magnetic Agents

12.00 - 12.20
L. Sabattini: Decentralized Control of Networked Systems for Setpoint Tracking
12.20 - 12.30 Concluding remarks


Organizers

Lorenzo Sabattini
Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
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Joey Durham
Kiva Systems, USA
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M. Ani Hsieh
Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics Department, Drexel University, USA
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Donald Sofge
Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
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Frank Ehlers
Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Ships and Naval Weapons, Naval Technology and Research, Germany
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