Seminar: Using discrete event system tools for modeling and planning mobile robots

Thu, 08/05/2014 - 10:00 - 11:00

Jueves 8 de mayo de 2014, de 10:00 a 11:00 horas en el seminario del Departamento de Informática e Ingeniería de Sistemas, planta 1ª del Edificio Ada Byron

The talk informally presents some techniques for solving problems with immediate applications to mobile robots. The common point of these techniques is to develop a discrete event system that models the environment and/or the robot movements. Based on the mission requirements and on the problem assumptions, we investigate different types of discrete-event models, ranging from automata/graphs to Petri nets. Feasible solutions on the finite state models are found by involving various tools, such as translations to typical optimization problems or resource allocation techniques. Most of the developed frameworks are applicable for a whole team of cooperating robots. The determined discrete solutions yield sequences of simple decisions and routines that should be executed by the mobile robots such that the given task is accomplished.


Speaker's short biography. M. Kloetzer received B.S. (2002) and M.Sc. (2003) degrees in Computer Science from the Technical University of Iasi, Romania, and Ph.D. (2008) in Systems Engineering from Boston University, Boston, MA, USA. He is currently an associate professor at the Technical University of Iasi, Romania. In May-June 2014 he is a guest researcher at the University of Zaragoza, within a mobility grant for guest researches at Campus Iberus. His research interests include planning algorithms for mobile robots based on discrete event systems and high-level specifications.