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Dec 3, 2014: Waypoints visiting with Asctec FireFly UAV


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The video shows a simple field experiment with Asctec FireFly UAV using the Autopilot Control Software to visit two waypoints in a football field and come back to its initial location.
First, we connect to the UAV through the Xbee module connected to the PC and we enable the GPS mode using the Remote Control. Second, we start a GPS mission, load the map of the football field and specify graphically the GPS locations of the waypoints to be visited. We set two waypoints, one on the center of the field and the second near the goal to the north. Then, we manually raise the UAV at a safe height (e.g. 5 meters) with the remote control, and start the mission through the autopilot control software. The UAV will start visiting each UAV in the specified order and will stay up to three second in each UAV. Finally, we send a command to the UAV so that it comes back to home location. Finally, we manually land the UAV.
We are working towards making a cooperative mission with two UAVs to visit a distinct set of target locations.

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Sept 15, 2014: Courier Delivery Application using COROS Architecture with ROS

This video presents a demonstration of the COROS architecture in the context of courier delivery application.

The demo consists of three ROS-enabled Turtlebot robots initially waiting for a mission to execute. A mission for delivery of a courier from Office 4 to Office 2 is sent to all three robots. The three robots negotiates using a market-based task allocation mechanism, and only the robot with the minimum estimated total traveled distance will execute the delivery mission.

Cooperative Robots and Sensor Networks 2014, Published

  • Publisher: Springer
  • Series: Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 554
  • Editors: Koubaa, Anis, Khelil, Abdelmajid (Eds.)
  • Edition: 2014 (Second Edition), 231 pages.

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July 18, 2014: Paper accepted in the 5th International Conference on Emerging Ubiquitous Systems and Pervasive Networks (EUSPN 2014)

The paper entitled Five Traits of Performance Enhancement using Cloud Robotics: A Survey is accepted in the the 5th International Conference on Emerging Ubiquitous Systems and Pervasive Networks held in Nova Scotia, Canada, September 22-25, 2014.
The paper is co-authored by Basit Qureshi, Anis Koubâa

April 08, 2014: Paper accepted in the IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions (IEEE ICARSC | ROBÓTICA 2014)

The paper entitled Move and Improve: A Distributed Multi-Robot Coordination Approach for Multiple Depots Multiple Travelling Salesmen Problem is accepted in the the IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions (IEEE ICARSC | ROBÓTICA 2014) held in Espinho, Portugal, May 14th to 15th, 2014. The conference is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and sponsored by the IEEE Portugal Section, the Portugal Section RA Chapter and Sociedade Portuguesa de Robótica (SPR).
The paper is co-authored by Omar Cheikhrouhou, Anis Koubâa, Hachemi Bennaceur

April 06, 2014: Paper accepted in the 5th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT-2014)

The paper entitled On the Adequacy of Tabu Search for Global Robot Path Planning Problem in Grid Environments is accepted in the 5th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT-2014), Elsevier, Belgium, June 2014.
The paper is co-authored by Imen Chaari, Anis Koubaa, Hachemi Bennaceur, Adel Ammar, Sahar Trigui, Mohamed Tounsi, Elhadi Shakshuki, Habib Youssef.

April 06, 2014: Paper accepted in the Third International Workshop on Cooperative Robots and Sensor Networks (Robosense)

The paper entitled A Distributed Market-Based Algorithm for the Multi-Robot Assignment Problem is accepted in the Third International Workshop on Cooperative Robots and Sensor Networks (Robosense), Elsevier, Belgium, June 2014.
The paper is co-authored by Sahar Trigui, Anis Koubaa, Omar Cheikhrouhou, Hachemi Bennaceur, Mohamed-Foued Sriti, Yasir Javed.

March 28, 2014: Paper accepted in the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (IJARS) (Impact Factor 0.821)

The paper entitled smartPATH: An Efficient Hybrid ACO-GA Algorithm for Solving the Global Path Planning Problem of Mobile Robots is accepted in the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (IJARS), InTech Publisher, (to appear) - 2014 (Impact Factor 0.821).
The paper is co-authored by Imen Chaari, Anis Koubaa, Hachemi Bennaceur, Adel Ammar, Khaled Al-Shalfan.

March 01, 2013: [Call for Chapters] Springer Book on Cooperative Robots and Sensor Networks

Springer Book on Cooperative Robots and Sensor Networks
Special edition in the “Studies in Computational Intelligence” Springer Book Series
Publisher: Springer
Editors

  • Anis Koubaa (Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia)/(CISTER Research Unit, Portugal)
  • José Ramiro Martínez de Dios (University of Seville, Spain)

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: March 25, 2014
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification Deadline: April 05, 2014
  • Full Chapters Due: June 15, 2014
  • Chapter Acceptance Notification: September 15, 2014
  • Estimated Publication Date: December 2014

December 02, 2013: Paper accepted in ARCS 2014 Conference

The paper entitled A Service-Oriented Architecture for Virtualizing Robots in Robot-as-a-Service Clouds was accepted in the 27th Conference on Architecture of Computer Systems (ARCS 2014), that will be held from February 25, 2014 through February 28, 2014 at the Park Inn Hotel, Willy-Brandt-Allee 1-5, 23554 Luebeck, Germany


November 17, 2013: Paper accepted in ICBR 2013 Conference

The paper entitled Global Path Planning for Mobile Robots in Large-Scale Grid Environments using Genetic Algorithms was accepted in the 2013 International Conference on Individual and Collective Behaviors in Robotics (ICBR'2013), December 15-17, 2013, Sousse, Tunisia.
The paper is co-authored by Maram Alajlan, Anis Koubaa, Imen Chaari, Hachemi Bennaceur and Adel Ammar.

February 06, 2013: ROS Library for Wifibot Lab with Vectornav VN-100 IMU

We implemented a ROS library for controlling Wifibot Lab robot with Vectornav VN-100 IMU.
The code is available under the GNU GPL v3 license on Google Code roswifibot page