Date: 10 December, 2021
Time: 02:00 PM (UTC-4)
Organizer: RAS Bolivia Chapter
Introduction on Multi-Robot Systems: Challenges in the Next Future
Abstract Multi-robot systems have been a research topic for a long time and are now becoming a reality in several application areas. The importance of having a methodological approach to handle such a system is due to the different challenges that are needed to be faced to make them work in a real environment with some flexibility. Fundamental concepts, approaches, applications and future challenges will be described in the talk.
Lucia Pallottino is currently Associate Professor at the Centro di Ricerca "E. Piaggio" and the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione at the University of Pisa. She received the "Laurea" degree in Mathematics in 1998 and a Doctoral degree in Robotics and Industrial Automation in 2002. She has been Visiting Scholar at M.I.T. (2000-2001) in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS ). She has been Visiting Researcher at UCLA, (2004) in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department (MAE ).
She is (or has been):
- Deputy Director of Centro di Ricerca "E. Piaggio" (since Jan. 2017);
- Responsible of the CrossLab in Advanced Manufacturing (2018-2020);
- Co-founder of Proxima robotics srl and X-Star motion, Spin-offs of the University of Pisa;
- Chair of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Italian Chapter (I-RAS) (Jan. 2015- Dec. 2018);
- Senior Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (since 2020), Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems (Since 2021) and of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (Since 2021) , Associate Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (2017-2020) and of the IEEE Transaction on Robotics (2014-2017).
She is Principal Investigator of the DeCAIR Erasmus+ European project and scientific collaborator in the DARKO European project. She has also been Principal Investigator of the ILIAD European project and Scientific collaborator in the WALK-MAN European project. Her main research interests within Robotics are in motion planning and control, optimal control, coordination of multi–robot systems, distributed algorithms.
The IEEE Robotics and Automation (RAS) Student Branch Chapter (SBC) from the Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil, has translated to Portuguese a book about the python programming language. The book which was chosen was the open source “Python for Everybody” by Charles Severance.
The activity was suggested by one of the SBC volunteers, which led the group to get in touch with the author of the book. After that, a team of volunteers were set up to accomplish the translation. The main goal of the project was to make programming material more accessible for Brazilians, since there are not as many materials in Portuguese as in English about the subject.
Along with that goal, we could also see some evolution on the project team of volunteers. As they translated the material, they were able to improve their English skills, and they would also understand the theme of the book, which was the Python language. Thanks to regular meetings and an organized strategy for team development, benefits were promoted inside and outside the IEEE community.
One year after the start of the project, the book translation was finished with a 100% retention rate from all the volunteers who participated in the project. Since it is an open source book, it can be found in the author’s github repository page, such as the IEEE RAS UFCG website. There is also a printed version of the material, which can be purchased through Amazon.