Fields of competence
ROBOTNOR represents a unique synergy of academic and industrial expertise which allows us to counsel and comprehend a wide variety of tasks and projects. Our fields of competence are numerous and diverse.
As part of the Lighthouse Robotics project at IME (Fyrtårnsprosjektet Robotikk), the following guest lecture will be held on Wednesday 23 January by Professor Nikos A. Aspragathos:
Mission planning of robots and intelligent control of robots for manipulation of non-rigid objects
Name and affiliation: Professor Nikos A. Aspragathos, Robotics Group, Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics Department, University of Patras.
Time: Wednesday 23 January, 11:15-12:00
Place: Room B-343
Title: Mission planning of robots and intelligent control of robots for manipulation of non-rigid objects
In this academic talk the latest achievements of the Robotics Group on robot mission planning and on robotic manipulation of non-rigid objects as well as the perspectives in these areas will be presented.
Optimal Robot Mission Planning based on Computational Geometry and Evolutionary Programming. The B-Surface concept introduced by the Robotics Group for the representation of the entire workspace by one geometric entity will be presented. Using this representation, the complexity of the searching space is reduced considerably. The introduced methods for motion planning of redundant or non-redundant, static or mobile robots moving in environments cluttered with static or moving obstacles and their results will be illustrated with video demonstrations. Combined scheduling and motion planning of static and mobile manipulators for serving a given number of task points in the shortest cycle time will be discussed.
Intelligent control of robots for manipulation of non-rigid objects. The characteristics of the non-rigid objects and the manipulation strategies will be presented as well as the sensor fusion for the identification of their feature in different states of the non-rigid object. Intelligent admittance control design methodology based on Neural Networks and Fuzzy logic will be discussed. Industrial applications such as assembling and sewing of fabrics to make cloths as well as for service applications such as separation, placing, unfolding and folding will be illustrated.
The currents trends and perspectives for both areas will be discussed at the end of this talk as well as a brief presentation of the other research activities of the Robotics Group.
Professor Nikos A. Asprgathos leads the Robotics Group in Mechanical and Aeronautics Engineering Department, University of Patras, Greece. His main research interests are robotics, intelligent motion planning and control for mobile robots, as well as dextrous manipulation, micro-manipulation, knowledge-based design, industrial automation, and computer graphics.
He is reviewer in more than 30 Journals and more than 20 conferences, member of the editorial board of the Mechatronics Journal, ISRN Robotics and Robotica. He published more than 60 papers in Journals and more than 120 in conference proceedings cited by more than 700 papers. He was and is currently involved in research projects funded
by Greek and European Union sources.