Robustness in multi-robot systems


Abstract Decentralized control strategies for multi-robot systems typically assume the presence of a connected communication graph among the robots. This allows to assuming the possibility of exchange of information, so that robots can complete common tasks, and achieve common objectives. While strategies exist for ensuring connectivity preservation as the robots move, typically [...]

Natural human-robot interaction


Abstract Recent advances in robot control and safety systems al- lowed the access, in the last few years, of robots in our daily life. Robotic systems have been applied to several fields, such as social assistance, surveillance, tour-guide or floor cleaning. These contexts are very different from traditional industrial applications, in which [...]

Human-multi-robot systems interaction



Abstract Multi-robot systems are becoming increasingly popular, in the last few years. The possibility of having large computation, communication and sensing capabilities in limited-size devices makes it attractive to solve several applications exploiting the capabilities of a team of robots. While the majority of current multi-robot systems applications can be found in [...]

Decentralized estimation methods


Abstract When considering decentralized systems, complete knowledge of the state can typically not be assumed. For this reason, several strategies have been developed, in the literature, that let each node estimate the overall state of the system, based on local knowledge only. This can be applied to several domains, such as multi-robot [...]

Affective robotics


Abstract Affective robotics consists in enhancing the interaction of a human with a robot by recognizing her/his affect. Monitoring and interpreting nonverbal communication can provide important insights about a human interacting with the robot and, thus, implicit feedback about the interaction can be achieved. Accordingly, the aim of affective robotics is relieving [...]

Decentralized control of multi-robot systems


Abstract Decentralized control of multi-robot systems is a very active research area, that aims at developing methodologies for achieving coordinated behaviors in multi-robot systems, without the need for a centralized control unit. The main idea is that of having each robot able to exchange information with its neighbors: based on such information, [...]

Coordination and control of AGVs


Abstract Automated warehouse systems are becoming increasingly popular, in the last years. Along these lines, researches on the coordination of the fleet of automated guided vehicles (AGVs), as a solution for addressing the problems of production efficiency and flexibility, are becoming more and more important. Our work mainly focuses on methodologies for [...]