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This paper presents a decisional architecture and the associated algorithms for multi-UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) systems. The architecture enables different schemes of decision distribution in the system, depending on the available decision making capabilities of the UAVs and on the operational constraints related to the tasks to achieve. The paper(More)
Neuroprosthetic technology and robotic exoskeletons are being developed to facilitate stepping, reduce muscle efforts, and promote motor recovery. Nevertheless, the guidance forces of an exoskeleton may influence the sensory inputs, sensorimotor interactions and resulting muscle activity patterns during stepping. The aim of this study was to report the(More)
— In a variety of emergency settings robot assistance has been identified as highly valuable, providing remote, and thus safe, access and operation. There are many different forms of human-robot interactions, allowing a team of humans and robots to take advantage of skills of each team member. A relatively new area of research considers interactions between(More)
This paper describes the COMETS (Real-Time Coordination and Control of Multiple Heterogeneous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) Project, which is aimed at designing and implementing a system for cooperative activities using heterogeneous UAVs. Heterogeneity is considered both in terms of aerial vehicles and onboard processing capabilities ranging from fully(More)
— This paper presents a new hybrid path planning approach for autonomous robots navigating in natural unknown environments. The main purpose is to consider perception planning and path planning in a single unified process, so that the most relevant perception can be performed considering the current goal of the robot. We consider this approach as a way to(More)
In the event of an emergency due to a fire or other crisis, a necessary but time consuming pre-requisite, that could delay the real rescue operation, is to establish whether the ground or area can be entered safely by human emergency workers. The objective of the VIEW-FINDER project is to develop robots which have the primary task of gathering data. The(More)
This paper presents an architecture for multi-robot (MR) systems in which robots exhibit heterogeneousness in terms of autonomous decisional capacities. This architecture enables various configurations of decision distribution among the components of the system, according both to the available decision making capabilities of the robots, and to the(More)
This paper describes the features and concepts behind the Command, Control and Intelligence (C2I) system under development in the ICARUS project, which aims at improving crisis management with the use of unmanned search and rescue robotic appliances embedded and integrated into existing infrastructures. A beneficial C2I system should assist the search and(More)