Dimitrios Hristu-Varsakelis

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We propose a landmark-based representation of maps to be used for robot navigation and ezploration. Our approach is aimed towards mobile robots that operate over ezpan-sire, imprecisely known terrain without a single "global" map. Instead, a map is pieced together from local terrain and navigation data stored in a directed graph. Each of the graph's(More)
—We discuss the generation of symbolic feedback control sequences for navigating a sparsely-described and uncertain environment, together with the problem of sensing landmarks sufficiently well to make feedback meaningful. We explore the use of a symbolic control approach for mitigating the lack of a detailed map of the environment and for reducing the(More)
Recent advances in mobile phone technology have placed an impressive array of sensing and communication equipment at the hands of an ever-growing number of people. One of the areas which can potentially be transformed by the availability of what is essentially a cheap, ubiquitous networked sensor, is that of remote diagnosis of movement disorders, such as(More)
With an ever-growing number of technologically advanced methods for the diagnosis and quantification of movement disorders, comes the need to assess their accuracy and see how they match up with widely used standard clinical assessment tools. This work compares quantitative measurements of hand tremor in twenty-three Parkinson's disease patients, with their(More)
We revisit the problem of " sending information into the future " by proposing an anonymous, non-interactive, server-based Timed-Release Encryp-tion (TRE) protocol. We improve upon recent approaches by Blake and Chan, Hwang et al., and Cathalo et al., by reducing the number of bilinear pairings that users must compute, and by enabling additional(More)
supported by the Army Research Office under the ODDR&E MURI97 Program Grant No. DAAG55-97-1-0114 (through Harvard University). This document is a technical report in the CDCSS series originating at the University of Maryland. Abstract We study the dynamics and explore the controllability of a family of sphere-plate mechanical systems. These are nonholonomic(More)
A Networked Control System (NCS) is a control system in which the sensors and actuators are connected to a feedback controller via a shared communication medium. In an NCS, the shared medium can only provide a limited number of simultaneous connections for the sensors and actuators to communicate with the controller. As a consequence, the design of an NCS(More)