by Antonio FRANCHI, MPI for biological Cybernetics, Dept. Bülthoff, Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Germany
This talk will give an overview of some theoretical and experimental results in the multi-robot field, with a special regard to the multi-UAV case.
The major strengths of a multi-robot system are both the resilience to single point failures and the possibility of parallelizing the execution of a given task. These properties can be fully exploited in coverage-like tasks, e.g., exploration, pursuit-evasion (a.k.a. “clearing”), and periodical monitoring (a.k.a. “patrolling”). These tasks, in turn, contain several control and estimation subproblems, e.g., how to:
Antonio Franchi received the Laurea degree “summa cum laude” in Electronic Engineering in 2005 and the Ph.D. degree in control and system theory in 2009, both from University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy.
He is a senior research scientist with the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics since 2010. Starting from 2013 he will be the head of the Human-robot Interaction Group in the same institute. He was a visiting student at University of California at Santa Barbara in 2009. His main research interests include autonomous systems and robotics, with a special regard to planning, control, estimation, human‚Äìmachine interaction, haptics, and robotics software architectures.