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DTC Seminar Series

Robotics Teams


Nikos Papanikolopoulos
University of Minnesota
Computer Science and Engineering

Monday, December 9, 2002
3:30 pm

402 Walter Library

Dr. Papanikolopoulos’s group has developed a heterogeneous robotic team that has as emphasis the “Scout” robot. Large numbers of Scouts can be launched and controlled by a larger platform, called the “Ranger.” After deployment, Scouts have a unique combination of mobility modes including rolling and hopping; multiple sensing capabilities for navigation and science (cameras, microphones, etc.); full communications for data and instructions; and onboard computational resources. Scout's functionality is increased through the use of actuated wheels (ideal for traversing rough terrain where other robots get stuck) and miniature grappling hooks. Scouts have several potential applications (reconnaissance, earthquake rescue operations, homeland security applications, space exploration, fire rescue missions, hostage release operations, etc.). This talk will present several recent developments in the design of hardware and software components for this robotic team along with several experimental results. This is joint work with I. Burt, A. Drenner, T. Dahlin, D. Goerke, M. Gini, B. Jackson, E. Kadioglu, D. Krantz, B. Kratochvil, C. Mcmillen, B. Nelson, P. Rybski, A. Stoeter, K. Stubbs, B. Yesin, and R. Voyles.


Dr. Nikolaos P. Papanikolopoulos received the Diploma degree in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece, in 1987, the M.S.E.E. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, PA, in 1988, and the Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1992. Currently, he is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Center for Distributed Robotics. His research interests include robotics, computer vision, sensors for transportation applications, and control. He has authored or coauthored more than 140 journal and conference papers in the above areas (thirty five refereed journal papers). He was finalist for the Anton Philips Award for Best Student Paper in the 1991 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation and received the Best Video Award in the 2000 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation. He was a McKnight Land-Grant Professor at the University of Minnesota for the period 1995-1997 and has received the NSF Research Initiation and Early Career Development Awards. He was also awarded the Faculty Creativity Award from the University of Minnesota. He has received funding from DARPA, Sandia National Laboratories, NSF, INEEL, Microsoft, USDOT, MN/DOT, Honeywell, and 3M.