17.04.2013, 15.00h Talk from Dr. Antonio Franchi, MPI Tuebingen

Title: Autonomous Control and Human Interaction in Multiple Robots Systems

Abstract: This topic of this talk will centered around the recent work of the Autonomous Robotics and Human-Machine Systems group at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in the field of multi-robot system control.

The talk will present fully-autonomous algorithms and human-in-the-loop methods as well. In the field of autonomous algorithms, the talk will include the following topics: vision-based formation control, mutual localization without identity information, decentralized maintenance of an extended version of the connectivity/rigidity concepts in multi-robot networks. Concerning the human-in-the-loop field, the talk will present a framework that allows multiple operators to perform shared control of multiple robots in a bilateral way, i.e., with the presence of haptic feedback.

Both the theoretical methodologies behind the developed algorithms and the practical application on a real group of multiple UAVs (quadrotors) will be shown during the talk.



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 the last quarter of 2012 he is the Project Leader of the Autonomous Robotics and Human-machine Systems Group in the same institute.

He was a visiting student at University of California at Santa Barbara in 2009. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine.

His main research interests include autonomous systems and robotics, with a special regard to planning, control, estimation, human?.?machine interaction, haptics, and robotics software architectures.