Prof. Stjepan Bogdan gave an interview about ASSISIbf

On October 10th, 2018, an interview by our professor Stjepan Bogdan was published in the local business weekly, Lider. The article is titled “FER-scientists are not ‘lost intranslation’, even when translating the language of fish to bees”, and in the interview, prof. Bogdan talked about all things ASSISIbf – he explained what exactly the project was about, how the various experiments with bees and fish were conducted, what technology was used and how it was done, what our Faculty’s role was in all of this, and finally what results were found and what conclusions were made during the project. You can find the whole interview (in Croatian) by following this link.

LARICS at the International Workshop on Advanced Cooperative Systems

On Thursday, October 18th, 2018 Prof. Bogdan and Prof. Kovačić attended the 3rd International Workshop on Advanced Cooperative Systems at our Faculty. The Workshop was organised by ACROSS and DATACROSS, with the intention of bringing together Croatian and international researchers and industry professionals who have an interest in strategic research domains of robotics, big data technologies, renewable energy sources, and control methods.

TWINNING Coordinators Day

Prof. Stjepan Bogdan and Ivana Mikolić, who are the coordinators of our new project AeRoTwin, are currently in Brussels attending the TWINNING Coordinators Day organized by the European Commission. They will attend presentations, meet experts in this area and learn a lot about how they can work on and improve the project in the future. They also used this opportunity to meet the AeRoTwin Project Officer in Brussels.

 

We presented five new projects at a scientific symposium at UNIZG-FER

On 15th October, prof. Stjepan Bogdan and Matko Orsag presented five new projects developed in our Lab at a scientific symposium “New research projects at UNIZG-FER”. They have presented recently started projects: AEROTWIN, ENCORE, MBZIRC, SPECULARIA, and ENDORSE. At the symposium, the emphasis was put on possibilities of cooperation with economic operators as well as job opportunities on projects from young professionals and experienced researchers.

 

 

Prof. Bogdan at the AI2FUTURE conference

Our professor Stjepan Bogdan went to the AI2FUTURE conference, which was held on 11th and 12th October 2018 at the Algebra LAB in Zagreb, Croatia. He was an invited lecturer and held a presentation titled “Swarm Intelligence in Animal and Robot Societies” based on the recently finished ASSISI project, the research was done as part of it and the findings of the project. We hope to take part in this and other such conferences in the future, too!

MBZIRC Project Kick-off meeting

Our project for The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) has officially started with the kick-off meeting being held on 12th October 2018 at our Faculty. The meeting was led by our Frano Petric, who is also the head of this project, and many of our staff and researchers attended it to discuss current and future plans for this competition and for the European Robotics League (ERL), which we will also be taking part in soon. Best of luck to our colleagues at both competitions!

We visited BTS 2018!

Continuing with the trend of the Lab being very active, we went to Biograd na Moru in Croatia, where the tenth (birthday!) edition of Breaking the Surface, an international interdisciplinary field workshop of maritime robotics and applications, was held from 30th September until 7th October. Our members went to lectures, visited demonstrations, took part in tutorials, visited a workshop and let’s not forget – partied 😉 Check us out at the Great Gatsby Party and Karaoke Party!

LARICS at IROS 2018 in Madrid

Our hardworking members went to Madrid to attend another International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) to present their own and the Lab’s work. Five of our members, Matko Orsag, Marsela Polić, Frano Petric, Marko Car, and Antun Ivanović were in Spain from 1st to 5th October and actively participated in the conference.

Marsela and Matko took part in a workshop for one of the Lab’s newest projects, Specularia, funded by the Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ). Frano had a meeting for the upcoming Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) and Antun presented an article titled “: Impedance based force control for aerial robot peg-in-hole insertion tasks”.n the conference.

Rijeka Nautic Show

It’s been a very active time for our Lab, as our Lab members went to Rijeka, Croatia, from 28th to 30th September 2018,  to present our work and our particularly equipment at the Rijeka Nautic Show as part of our new AeRoTwin project. Three of our colleagues were there, prof. Stjepan Bogdan, Marko Car and Lovro Marković, and they presented the UAV designed during the MORUS project.

LARICS to compete in a prestigious international robotics competition

Our Lab will implement our newest methods and algorithms for our new project, the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC)! The leader of this project for LARICS is our Frano Petric. This is a competition where the contestants meet with various demanding problems in robotics, which means that it is a great chance for our team to develop new technology and solutions, which will be presented at the competition itself, to be held in 2020. in Abu Dhabi. This competition was started last year by the Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates with the goal of providing a scientific and technological challenge in robotics for a greater number of international teams. As part of this, the Lab will mostly focus on developing algorithms for complex tasks between aerial and ground robots (such as locating an object, picking it up and moving it, etc) and to conduct a quantitative research of the impact every individual task has on the entire mission plan (calculating the necessary energy and time per task).

AeRoTwin Kick-Off Meeting

The Kick-off meeting of our new project, AeRoTwin, was held on September 26th, 2018 in Zagreb, at our Faculty. The meeting was attended by our Lab members, partners working on the project from the University of Seville, Imperial College London and the Technological Corporation of Andalusia, as well as a member of the Advisory Board – there was a lot to talk about! All of the attendees introduced themselves and briefly described what they will be doing as part of the project, and other topics discussed included the dates of future meetings and other planned activities. The meeting was a great success, which is a great sign for the future of the project! Take a look at the gallery from the meeting by following this link.

We hosted Mirko Kovač’s lecture on aerial robots

As announced, dr. Mirko Kovač from the Imperial College London held a presentation with the title “Bioinspired Aerial Robots for Infrastructures”, as part of our new project AeRoTwin, where he described his previous and current work in this area, as well as what might be in store in the near future. The invited lecture was attended by many of our students and staff and they learned a lot, asked questions and found out more about this incredibly interesting area of robotics. The gallery of the lecture can be found here. Thank you, dr. Kovač!

ASSISI project final review meeting

Our Prof. Stjepan Bogdan, Ivana Mikolić and Marsela Polić went to Brussels on 22-25 September to attend the final review meeting for the ASSISIbf project. ASSISI started five years ago and is the last FP7 project at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, as well as the financially biggest one. At the meeting, the project was discussed in detail and the final review was a success. Congratulations to all the participants!

Invitation to dr. sc. Tamara Petrović’s inaugural lecture

As per the law and according to the decision made by the Rector’s Conference, our dr. sc. Tamara Petrović will be holding her first, inaugural lecture at the Faculty on 1st October, 2018, starting at 3PM. This is the final step of the process of her becoming a member of the teaching faculty here at FER. The lecture will be held in the room D160 as part of the course Control System Elements. The topic of the lecture will be The role of elements in a control system.

All interested parties are welcome at the lecture!

Visit to the Pittini plant

On Tuesday, September 18th, our Prof. Kovačić and Prof. Bogdan, together with colleagues from Danieli Automation, visited the Pittini plant in Italy as a part of the initiative to introduce autonomous UAVs in the process of a rolling-mill facility status inspection. There they went on a tour of the plant and had a meeting to discuss the details of a future cooperation. Initial flights of the UAV, which should confirm the feasibility of the initiative, are planned for the beginning of November.

LARICS at the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival

Our Lab members, specifically Prof. Stjepan Bogdan, Karlo Griparić (a LARICS Alumni) and Marsela Polić went to Linz in Austria from the 6th to the 10th of September, 2018. There they took part in this year’s Ars Electronica Festival and presented the ASSISIbf project they’ve been working on. Our team conducted experiments with bees, fish and robots, all of which were developed as part of the project. This is the second time ASSISI has been presented at Ars Electronica, the first being in 2016.

LARICS paper presented at IFAC CAMS 2018

LARICS PhD student Marsela Polić was at the 11th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Robotics, and Vehicles – CAMS, in Opatija, Croatia, 10th-12th September 2018. There she presented a paper entitled “Compliant net for AUV retrieval using an UAV“, which was coauthored by Antun Ivanović, Marsela Polić, Omar Salah, Matko Orsag and Stjepan Bogdan. The research for the paper was done as part of the MORUS project, funded by NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division in the framework of the Science for Peace and Security Programme.

Invitation to the lecture: Bioinspired Aerial Robots for Infrastructures by Dr. Mirko Kovač, Imperial College London

The H2020 project “Twinning coordination action for spreading excellence in Aerial Robotics – AeRoTwin” and Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems – LARICS invite you to the lecture: “Bioinspired Aerial Robots for Infrastructures” by Mirko Kovač, Imperial College London, which will be held on 27th September 2018 at 09:00 in the Seminar Room of the Department of Control and Computer Engineering on the 9th floor of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Zagreb, Croatia.

More about the speaker and the talk can be found in the detailed news content or here.

Abstract

Future cities will evolve into complex ecosystems where autonomous aerial, aquatic and ground-based robots will coexist with people and cooperate in symbiosis. To create this human-robot ecosystem, robots will need to respond more flexibly, robustly and efficiently than they do today. They will need to be designed with the ability to move safely close to humans and in contact with infrastructure to perform sensing and intervention tasks. Their behaviours will need to be carefully orchestrated to integrate smoothly into our environment and in industry 4.0 workflows. Taking inspiration to natural systems, aerial robotic systems can integrate multi-functional morphology, energy-efficient locomotion principles and advanced perception abilities that will allow them to successfully operate and cooperate in these complex and dynamic environments. This talk will describe design principles and technologies for the development of innovative and biologically inspired flying robots that can perform monitoring and manufacturing tasks for infrastructure systems. Examples will include flying robots with perching and aerial sensor-placement abilities, aerial-aquatic drones, drones with compliant landing systems for landing on autonomous cars, drones for aerial construction and repair, soft aerial robots, and origami-based drones for safe interactions with infrastructure elements.

 

Biography

Dr. Mirko Kovač is Director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory, Leader in Aero-structures at Imperial College London and Royal Society Wolfson Fellow.  His research group focuses on the development of novel, biologically inspired flying robots for distributed sensing in air and water and on autonomous robotic construction for future cities. Dr. Kovač’s particular specialisation is in robot design, hardware development and multi-modal robot mobility.

Before his appointment in London, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory as part of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University in Cambridge, USA. He obtained his PhD with the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He received his MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) in 2005. During his studies, he was a research associate with the University of California in Berkeley USA, RIETER Automotive Switzerland, the WARTSILA Diesel Technology Division in Switzerland, and CISERV in Singapore.

Since 2006, he has presented his work at numerous international conferences and in journals and has won several best paper and best presentation awards. He has also been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker at more than 30 research institutions world-wide and he regularly acts as an advisor to government, media, investors and industry on robotics opportunities. He has also been a representative speaker on education and innovation at the World Knowledge Dialogue Symposium 2008, the EPFL Didactic Days Conference 2008 and the London Innovation Summit 2014 and 2016.

Three new scientific projects in LARICS

LARICS is about to start working on three new exciting projects:

AEROTWIN

Twinning coordination action for spreading excellence in Aerial Robotics is a Horizon 2020 project from the WIDESPREAD-05-2017 topic. Our partners in this project will be Imperial College London, Universidad de Sevilla-AICIA and Fundación Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía (CTA)

ENCORE

The main objective of the project (ENergy aware Building Information Modelling (BIM) Cloud Platform in a COst-effective Building REnovation Context) is to increase the share of renovated stock in Europe and worldwide by providing effective and affordable BIM tools that cover the whole renovation life-cycle (from data collection to project execution, and commissioning/delivery). The ENCORE project presents a strong consortium of 10 partners from 7 European countries

SPECULARIA

A Croatian Science Foundation sponsored the project. The main goal of this five-year-long project is to deal with concepts of compliant robot control, soft robotics, and heterogeneous robotic system and utilize them to help farmers in indoor organic agriculture.

Four New Doctors of Science in LARICS

Four of our current and alumni members have successfully defended their doctoral dissertations and received their Doctor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering.

Goran Vasiljević defended his thesis titled “Highly accurate markerless localization of mobile robots in indoor industrial environments” on October 24, 2017.

Ivica Draganjac became a Doctor of Science on February 2, 2018, with successful defense of the thesis titled “Decentralized control of free ranging automated guided vehicles in industrial environments“.

Frano Petric defended his thesis “Robot-assisted autism spectrum disorder diagnostics using partially observable Markov decision processes” on March 29, 2018.

Karlo Griparić became our latest Doctor of Science on April 5, 2018, upon successful defense of his thesis “Decentralizirani višeagentski sustav za interakciju sa zajednicom pčela zasnovanu na algoritmu konsenzusa“.

Congratulations to all of them!