Aerial Manipulation and Physical Interaction with Multi-directional Thrust Platforms


dr.ir. Antonio Franchi
Presentation Colloquia / Event
Date 2018-11-09
Time 14:00
Location Carré 3446

Physical interaction is an aspect that for many years has been kept far from the conception and development of flying systems. Only in the recent years a new wave of interest has emerged in the robotics research on this challenging and groundbreaking research topic, which aims at elevating aerial vehicles from the condition of pure observers (or at most simple 'transporters') to the one of fully-mature robotic actors able to help humans in manipulating and easily operating in places that are hardly accessible with other type machines.

In this seminar I will give an overview of the recent activity of our group at LAAS-CNRS on the design and control of aerial robots for physical interaction and manipulation, presenting, from an application driven perspective, the main technical and theoretical challenges of this field, going through the design of multi-directional thrust vehicles and the multiple aerial-ground manipulator system, the use of cables to stably landing on inclined surfaces, and control of protocentric aerial manipulators.

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Antonio Franchi received the Ph.D. degree in system engineering from Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, in 2010 and the Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR) in Sciences from National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, Toulouse, France, in 2016. In 2009, he was a Visiting Scholar with University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA. From 2010 to 2014, he was Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, and the Project Leader of the Autonomous Robotics and Human Machine Systems Group, Max Planck
Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany.

Since 2014, he has been a Tenured CNRS Researcher with the RIS team, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France.

He published more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences. His main research interests include robotic systems, with a special regard to control of for aerial robots and multiple-robot systems.

Dr. Franchi received the IEEE RAS ICYA Best Paper Award in 2010. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS and an IEEE Senior Member. He is the co-founder of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Multiple Robot Systems (awarded as the most active RAS technical committee in 2018) and of the International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems.

He is the coordinator of the MuRoPhen ANR JCJC project, the LAAS-CNRS PI of the EU H2020 AEROARMS project, and one of the PIs of the Flying Co-worker ANR Project.

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2018