AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS (CSIC)

The Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI) is a Joint Research Center of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). CSIC is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. UPC is a public research and higher education institution in the areas of architecture, engineering, science, and technology, with several campuses across Catalonia.

The Institue develops basic and applied research in the areas of robotics and automatic control, with focus on indoor and outdoor human-centered human-safe robotics systems, the design and construction of novel parallel mechanisms, energy efficiency, and fuel cells research. Recent involvement of the Institute in European projects includes participation in the FP7 projects ARCAS, CARGOANTS, CEEDS, ECHORD++, EFFINET, GARNICS, INTELLACT, and PUMAMIND; and in the H2020 projects AEROARMS, EFFIDRAIN, LOGIMATIC, and GRACEFUL.

The research group directly involved at LOGIMATIC is the group “Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Systems”, whose purpose is to endow mobile robots and ubiquitous computing devices the necessary skills to aid humans in everyday life activities. These skills range from pure perceptual activities such as tracking, recognition or situation awareness, to motion skills, such as localization, mapping, autonomous navigation, path planning or exploration.

The research in localization and navigation carried out at the Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Systems group, tackles the creation of robust single and cooperative, indoor and outdoor robot localization solutions, using multiple sensor modalities such as GPS, computer vision and laser range finders, INS sensors and raw odometry.

Related product / technologies (brief description of products/technologies developed by the company and related to LOGIMATIC including links when available)

The previous research results that will be used in LOGIMATIC are:

– State of the art Bayesian optimization solutions to solve networks of geometric constraints WOLF and PoseSLAM (http://wiki.iri.upc.edu/index.php/Wolfhttp://wiki.ros.org/iri_poseslam):

– Human motion intentionality prediction algorithms.

– Autonomous navigation in outdoor unstructured environments.

Team presentation (brief description including the role in LOGIMATIC)

Dr. Juan Andrade-Cetto (M) (www.iri.upc.edu/staff/cetto) is the project leader for partner IRI in LOGIMATIC. He is Director of IRI, and Associate Researcher of CSIC. BSEE’93 CETYS Univ., MSEE’95 Purdue Univ., and PhD’03 in Robotics at UPC. He is the recipient of the 2004 EURON Georges Giralt Best PhD Award. His areas of interest include SLAM, mobile robot exploration, and perception and action under uncertainty in robotics. He was the coordinator of the national projects PAU, PAU+, and co-coordinator of RobInstruct, and has participated in several EU projects, including PACO-PLUS, URUS, CARGO-ANTS, ARCAS, and AEROARMS.

Prof. Alberto Sanfeliu (M), BSEE’78 UPC, PhD’82 UPC. He is full professor of Computational Sciences and Artificial Intelligence at UPC, director of the Artificial Vision and Intelligent Systems Group at UPC, former director of IRI, of UPC’s Automatic Control department, and past president of AERFAI (Spanish Association for Pattern Recognition). He has worked in various theoretical aspects on pattern recognition, computer vision and robotics and in applications on vision defect detection, tracking, object recognition, robot vision, SLAM, robot navigation and urban robotics. He has lead and participated in 40 R&D projects, 13 of them funded by the European Commission.

Dr. Francesc Moreno-Noguer (M) is an Associate Researcher at CSIC. He received the MSc degrees of industrial engineering and electronics engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Universitat de Barcelona, in 2001 and 2002, respectively. His research interests are focused on computer vision and its applications to computer graphics.

Dr. Joan Solà (M) is a Ramón y Cajal Postdoctoral Fellow at IRI. Elec.Eng UPC, PhD’07 LAAS CNRS. He participates in the EU projects ARCAS and CargoANTs. His main area of expertise is visual navigation and mapping with detection of moving obstacles. He has previously worked on humanoid locomotion and on underwater robotics.

Dr. Andreu Corominas (M) is a postdocoral fellow at IRI. He participates in the EU project CargoANTs. His main area of expertise is robot localization and navigation in outdoor terrain.

Mr. Ivan del Pino (M) is a PhD student at IRI. He will specialize on the tight integration of satellite-based positioning technology with the localization and mapping tools developed at IRI.

Mr. Joan Vallve (M) is a PhD student at IRI. He participates in the EU project CargoANTs. His contribution to LOGIMATIC will be on the topic of large vehicle robot localization and navigation.