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Workshop in Marine Robotics @ ICRA 2009

Workshop on Recent Developments in Marine Robotics

Full-day Workshop organized by the IEEE RAS Technical Committe in Marine Robotics within next ICRA 2009 conference to be held in Kobe, Japan, during 12-17 May 2009. The workshop is schedule for May, 17th, room 501.

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This workshop is aimed at presenting recent developments in marine robotics collecting keynote talks from experts of the main research institutions. Research presentations and discussions will complete the agenda. The scope of the workshop is intentionally broad with talks concerning single AUVs, multiple, coordinate marine robots, sensor networks, cooperative adaptive sampling, Underwater Vehicle-Manipulator Systems and biomimetic underwater robotics. An interesting overview with fruitful discussion and ideas for research directions are the expected outcomes of the workshop.

Following the creation of a new IEEE RAS Technical Committe in Marine Robotics, the objective of the workshop is to bring together several experts in different disciplines interested in marine robotics, but who normally do not interact with each other. This will reinforce the community of roboticists interested in marine theory and applications. Several topics are of interest, from homing to coordinated AUVs, coordinated control of multiple marine vehicles up to underwater intervention with AUVs equipped with a manipulator. This workshop will feature keynote talks, research presentations and discussions in these areas to report on the state-of-the-art in different related areas and to identify new directions for research.

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Schedule for Sunday, May, 17th, 2009, room 501

time speaker affiliation title
9.00-9.10 Gianluca Antonelli (bio, web) University of Cassino, Italy Opening
1. 9.10-9.30 Joseph Ayers Northeastern University, U.S.A. canceled. the remaining schedule is kept unaltered
2. 9.30-9.50 Kazuo Ishii (bio, web) Kyutech, Japan Brain-inspired Technologies for AUVs
3. 9.50-10.10 Giacomo Marani (bio, web) University of Hawaii, U.S.A. Advances in Autonomous Underwater Intervention for AUVs
10.10-11.00 Coffe break
4. 11.00-11.20 Hayato Kondo (bio, web) Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan Hovering AUVs and their applications
5. 11.20-11.40 Gaurav Sukhatme (bio, web) University of Southern California, U.S.A. Adaptive Sampling, Models and Optimization for Aquatic Observation.
6. 11.40-12.00 Franz Hover (bio) MIT, U.S.A. Path Planning for Data Assimilation in Mobile Environmental Monitoring Systems
12.00-13.40 Lunch break
7. 13.40-14.00 Peter Drewes (bio) Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, U.S.A. Unmanned Surface Systems Experimentation
8. 14.00-14.20 Matthew Dunbabin (bio) CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia Marine robot and sensor network interaction
9. 14.20-14.40 Giuseppe Casalino (bio) University of Genova, Italy Toward a Tecnolgical and Methodological Framework or Underwater Cooperative Adaptive Sampling: Current Experience with the Folaga Vehicle
10. 14.40-15.00 Vera Zaychik Moffitt (bio) Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, U.S.A. Collaborative Command and Control of Unmanned Surface Operations
15.00-16.00 Coffe break
11. 16.00-16.20 Kristin Y. Pettersen (bio, web) Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway Path Following, Coordinated and Cooperative Control of Marine robots.
12. 16.20-16.40 Andreas Birk (bio, web) Jacobs University, Germany Cognitive Cooperative Control of AUVs
13. 16.40-17.00 Fumin Zhang (bio, web) Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A. Cooperative exploration algorithms for underwater robotic sensor networks.

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Gianluca Antonelli was born in Roma, Italy, on December 19, 1970. He received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering and the Research Doctorate degree in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Naples in 1995 and 2000, respectively. He currently is an Associate Professor at the University of Cassino. From September 1, 2005 is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics. He is Senior Member IEEE since June 2006. From October, 2007 he is Editor of the Springer Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics. From June, 2008 he is Chair of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee in Marine Robotics. His research interests include simulation and control of underwater robotic systems, force/motion control of robot manipulators, multi-robot systems, identfication. He has published 23 international journal papers and more than 60 conference papers, he is author of the book ``Underwater Robots'' (Springer-Verlag, 2003, 2006). (back to schedule)
Andreas Birk is a professor (associate) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Jacobs University Bremen where he leads the robotics group. He started at Jacobs University in Fall 2001 while rejecting an offer for a professorship (C3) at the University of Rostock. Before he joined Jacobs University, he held a research-mandate of the Flemish Society for Applied Research, IWT. He was in addition from October 1997 on a visiting professor (docent) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He also worked as a visiting professor (C3) at the Universitat Koblenz-Landau in the winter-semester of 1999/2000. During the almost six years at the VUB, Andreas Birk was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Lab, which he joined as Postdoc in April 1996. In 1995 he received his doctorate from the Universitat des Saarlandes, Saarbrucken, where he previously studied Computer Science from fall 1989 to spring 1993. Andreas Birk's research focuses on autonomous systems. On the engineering side, he is working on the design and construction of complete systems. This includes the design and construction of embedded hardware and mechatronics as well as software development up to full autonomy. On the basic research side, he is interested in a constructive understanding of intelligence. He published three books as editor and more than 90 journal articles, book-chapters and peer-reviewed conference papers. (back to schedule)
Giuseppe Casalino was born in Genova, Italy, in 1949. He received the ``Laurea'' degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Genova in 1975. Currently he is full professor at the Department of Communication, Computer and System Science (DIST) of the University of Genova, holding the chair ``Industrial Robotics'' and also serving as the Director of the Laboratory of Robotics and Automation. He is also the President of the Scientific and Technological Board of SIIT (Integrated Intelligent System Tecnologies): a Scientific and Technological District in the Ligurian Region, incorporating the University of Genova, major LE's and a large number of SME', with the mission of performing coordinated RD and technology transfer activities in the field of Intelligent Automation Systems. Previous positions covered were at University of Pisa (full. prof., chair of ``Industrial Robotics''), University of Calabria (full. prof., chair of ``Automatic Control'') and originally at University of Genova (associate prof. of ``Multivariable Control Theory'' and ``Industrial Robotics''). Also he has been the director of DIST, other than the Deputy Director of the Technology Transfer Department of the whole University of Genova. Moreover he also served, at National level, as President of the Italian Academic Association of Automation (CIRA) His research activities are since many years in the field of Robotics and Automation, with general interests in all aspects involving planning, motion and interaction control problems within multi-robot cooperating structures; and focused interests in the field of marine and space robotic applications. He is, and has been, the responsible scientist of different EEC funded collaborative research projects; as well as of many Nationally funded ones, all in the field of Robotics and Automation. (back to schedule)
Peter Drewes received is Mse and Phd from the University of Central Florida in Computer Engineering. He is currently a Principal research engineer at the Advanced Technology Laboratories for Lockheed Martin Corporation. His scientific research focuses on the development of new solutions for autonomous and semi-autonomous surface and underwater platforms. He has published over 30 conference and journal papers in simulation, training and usage of intelligent agents and unmanned systems. (back to schedule)
Matthew Dunbabin graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1995. He then worked as a research engineer at Roaduser Research, a Melbourne based consultancy before commencing his PhD in nonlinear vibration control at the Queensland University of Technology. In 2002 he received his PhD and joined the CSIRO field robotics team, which later became the ICT Centre Autonomous Systems Laboratory. He currently has the roles of Senior Research Scientist as well as Research Stream Leader for the development of advanced solutions to monitor and understand coastal marine environments. His research interests are in the area of field robotics, in particular underwater and mining robots, with focus on dynamics and control, underwater vision-based navigation, cooperative robotics, novel AUV and ASV designs, as well as robot and sensor network interactions. (back to schedule)
Franz Hover received the Sc.D. from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Joint Program in Oceanographic and Mechanical Engineering. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and was also a consultant to industry and academia. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, with research interests in large-scale systems, robotics and automation, and design. (back to schedule)
Kazuo Ishii received B.E, M.E. and Ph.D degrees from the department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the University of Tokyo in 1991, 1993, and 1996, respectively. He is currently an associate professor at the department of Brain Science and Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology. His research interests include field robotics, underwater robotics, brain-inspired technology and its application to robotics. (back to schedule)
Hayato Kondo graduated from Waseda University with Bachelor and Master Degrees in mechanical engineering. He graduated from the University of Tokyo and received his Ph.D. in naval architecture in 2002. After doing research as a post doctoral fellow (JSPS) at the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, he started teaching, as an associate professor, at Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine, which later became TUMSAT after a merger in 2003. He specializes in intelligent ocean vehicles such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. He is an Asia-Pacific vice-chair of the technology committee of Ocean Engineering Society, IEEE on Unmanned Maritime Vehicles and Submersibles. (back to schedule)
Giacomo Marani was born in Chieti, Italy. He received the ``Laurea'' degree in Electronic Engineering and the PhD degree in Robotics and Automation from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1997 and 2000 respectively. From September 2000 he is with the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he is the deputy director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory. He serves as acting PI of the SAUVIM project, involving the design and development of an intervention-class AUV, managing the overall technical coordination between the project entities. From October, 2007 he is with the editorial board of the Springer Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics. From June, 2008 he is Co-Chair of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee in Marine Robotics. His scientific researches focus on the development of new solutions for autonomous manipulation with robotic devices, applied to underwater vehicles, dynamic simulation and control of robotic structures, graphic applications for telerobotics, real-time programming and hardware applications. (back to schedule)
Vera Zaychik Moffitt is a lead engineer for the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Ms. Moffitt is the technical lead and principal investigator on the Supervision of UxV Mission Management by Interactive Teams (SUMMIT) program and was the chief Human-Machine Interface designer for the Lockheed Martin team on the Intelligent Control and Autonomous Replanning of Unmanned Systems (ICARUS) program in the Office of Naval Research. Ms. Moffitt’s current research interests include human-robot interaction, collaboration interfaces, and unmanned system intelligent autonomy. Ms. Moffitt received her education from Drexel University where she studied computer science and artificial intelligence. (back to schedule)
Kristin Y. Pettersen received her MSc and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway, in 1992 and 1996 respectively. She became Associate Professor in 1996 and in 2002 Professor at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU. In 1999 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ and in 2008 Visiting Professor at Section for Automation and Control, University of Aalborg, Denmark. She has published more than 90 conference and journal papers. In 2006 she received the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award. She is a senior member of IEEE and at the editorial board of Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory. She furthermore holds several board positions in industrial and research companies. Her research interests include nonlinear control of mechanical systems with applications to robotics, satellites, AUVs and ships. (back to schedule)
Gaurav Sukhatme is an Associate Professor of Computer Science (joint appointment in Electrical Engineering) at the University of Southern California (USC). He received his undergraduate education at IIT Bombay in Computer Science and Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from USC. He is the co-director of the USC Robotics Research Laboratory and the director of the USC Robotic Embedded Systems Laboratory which he founded in 2000. His research interests are in multi-robot systems and sensor/actuator networks. He has published extensively in these and related areas. Sukhatme has served as PI on numerous NSF, DARPA and NASA grants. He is a Co-PI on the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), an NSF Science and Technology Center. He is a senior member of IEEE, and a member of AAAI and the ACM. He is a receipient of the NSF CAREER award and the Okawa foundation research award. He has served on many conference program committees, and is one of the founders of the Robotics: Science and Systems conference. He is one of the program chairs of the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Autonomous Robots. He has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and on the editorial board of IEEE Pervasive Computing. . (back to schedule)
Fumin Zhang. to be added. (back to schedule)

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