I have been involved in a variety of projects on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in just about any environment:
I have been involved in a number of space-based projects involving robotics:
- The European Space Agency’s ExoMars project intends to send a Robotic Scientist to Mars. I was mainly involved in Software Architecture of the robot and how we could make the rover perform tasks intelligently and safely. This also included task planning and autonomous resource validation. What make the project really challenging is the extreme conditions on Mars, critical safety, delays in communication back to Earth and above all, the political need to make it work considering the high budget and the long man-years spent placing the robot on Mars.
- I have also been involved in the design of satellite tasking software and mission management.
Oceans are fascinating and our knowledge of them is limited. Underwater Robotic projects are essential to enhance our understanding of the world and its inhabitants. It still amazes me that every time a group of divers perform a deep dive, they discover new species. Here are a few projects I have worked on:
- Flock Distortion. I researched and developed a novel method to calculate the position of underwater vehicles based on their inter-distances. See my PhD thesis for details.
- Multiple Unmanned Underwater Vehicles. I explored the state of the art in regard with potential use of a group of underwater vehicles intending to perform a mission. Examples of the missions were survey, search and destroy and mine clearance.
- In collaboration with the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, I worked on Aerobots to perform formation flying in air. Aerobots are easily disturbed by air current flows, temperature variations and inaccurate positioning systems used indoors. This makes formation flying even more challenging, but at the same time more exciting when you get it right.
On land, I have been involved in the following project:
- Participated in the design of a LIDAR-based Intelligent Robotic Porter System which intended to demonstrate navigation, route planning and task planning of a robot in a complex and dynamic environment such as an airport. The aim was to demonstrate the system by using a series of airport buggies to shift people around the airport as needed.