Center for Autonomous Robotic Systems (KUCARS)

Center for Autonomous Robotic Systems (KUCARS)

Welcome Statement from Director

Robotics is a powerful technology with potential for high societal and economic impact. Khalifa University Center for Robotics and Autonomous Systems was established in 2018 to conduct pioneering research in robotics relevant to industry and society.

KUCARS provides a vibrant multidisciplinary environment for conducting robotics research with around 50 researchers and state of the art laboratory facilities.
Objectives-

  • Mission-
  • Vision-

 KUCARS is committed to be amongst the top robotics labs in the world, building on the current depth and breadth of research projects and faculty expertise, supporting research infrastructure and continuing investments (including the biennial, USD5 million prize money MBZIRC organized by KU).The core objectives of KUCARS include:

  • Producing top research outputs with potential for high impact
  • Developing robotics showcases
  • Educating and training students and staff
  • Engaging with external stakeholders
  • Consolidating international collaborations and researcher exchanges

Benchmarking at international level (including participation in MBZIRC and other international competitions)


FACULTY

1. Lakmal Seneviratne

Director KUCARS

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Prof. Jorge Dias

Professor, KURI & ECE

Yahya Zweiri

Theme Lead

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Dr. Cesare Stefanini

Associate Professor, Robotics and Biomedical Engineering

Andrzej Sluzek

Project PI

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Naoufel Werghi

Project PI

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Hamad Karki

Project PI

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Federico Renda

Project PI

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Majid Khonji

 

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Igor Boiko

Project PI

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Dr. Irfan Hussain

Project PI

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Bashar El Khasawneh

Project PI

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Reyad El Khazali

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Prashanth Marpu

Project PI

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Dr. Nawaf al Moosa

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kinda Khalaf

 

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Dimitrios Kyritsis

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Fahad Al Maskari

Project PI

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Post Doc Researchers

Dr Abdur Patrum

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Dr. Sajid Javed

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Dr.Christopher Holder

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Dr. Mohammed Awad

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Dr. Sotirios Spanogiannopoulos

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Dr Costanza Armanini

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Dr. Rajkumar Muthuswamy

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Dr. Muhammad Umer Shah

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Dr. Mohammed Boushaki

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Research Engineers

Mr Yehya Farhoud

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Mr Jacob George

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Mr Mohamad Wahbah

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Mr Pedro Silva

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Mr Mohammed Chehadeh

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Ms Annalisa Barsotti

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Mr Romeo Scaramuzza

 

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

PhD Students

Xiaoxiong Zhang

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Ahmed Rehan

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Yusra M. Alkendi

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Zhenwei Niu

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Hilal Alquabeh (Supervisor: Federico Renda)

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Reem Ashour

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Rana Azzam

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Ismail Alali

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Randa Almadhoun

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Khalifa Al Azzezi

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Xiaoqian Huang

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

MSc Students

Mariam Almansoori

 

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Huda Ghasebalyammahi

 

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Omar Faris.

 

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Ikhlas Mohamed Ben Hmida, MSc candidate

 

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Visiting Researcher

Conor Scott Messer

Visitor Intern Researcher

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Advisory Board

Professor Paolo Dario

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Professor Peter Corke

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Professor Dinesh Manocha

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Dr Abdelqader Abusafieh

  • Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI)

Themes

KUCARS research is focused on three complementary Themes, each hosting two broad and discrete projects:

Theme 1      Robotics for Infrastructure Inspection (R4II)

Project 1     Resilient Infrastructure Surveillance Based on Multiple Unmanned Vehicles

Project 2     Visual Multi-spectral Semantic Analysis and Prediction using Unmanned Vehicles

Theme 2      Robotics for Extreme Environment (R4EE)

Project 2     Collaborative Robot Navigation in Harsh   Environments

Project 3     Robot Interventions in Harsh Environments

Theme 3      Robotics for Industrial Applications (R4IA)

Project 5     Robotics for Manufacturing of Large-Size Structures

Project 6     Interactive, Human-In-the Loop Robotics for Flexible Industrial Automation

These themes and projects address some of the frontier robotics challenges. They will address, in an integrative manner, some of the key technology challenges in robotics, including robust autonomy in dynamic and unstructured environments, sensing and artificial perception, embodied artificial intelligence, sense and avoid, GPS denied navigation, vision based control and 3D tracking, high disturbance rejection control, smart design, and human-robot interactions.

List of Ongoing Center-related Projects

Robotics for Infrastructures Inspection (R4II)

In this theme, the focus will be on autonomous, persistent inspection and surveillance of civil and industrial infrastructure, based on easy to deploy unmanned vehicles. The recent growth in low cost unmanned systems provides opportunities for new and cost-effective unmanned solutions for infrastructure inspection. This also allows continuous and repeated coverage of the target space, while minimizing the time between revisits. The theme will explore the use of multiple autonomous vehicles, operating cooperatively, to provide flexible and persistent inspection and surveillance solutions. The use of low-cost robots for infrastructure inspection has the potential for high impact due to the ease of deployment of unmanned vehicles to capture data continuously by executing routines for persistent 24h/7d monitoring. The use of this technology still faces open research challenges, particularly on how to analyse and obtain results from the data acquired in a persistent manner. The R4II theme will address some of these limitations, by focusing on key research topics related to robotics based mobile sensing, including the development of data analytics for effective use of robots in real life infrastructure inspection applications. This theme currently has the following projects:

  1. Resilient Infrastructure Surveillance Based on Multiple Unmanned Vehicles (KUCARS-sponsored)
  2. Visual Multi-Spectral Semantic Analysis and Prediction using Unmanned Vehicles (KUCARS-sponsored)
  3. Navigation and mapping of a capsule robot for endoscopy(ADEK Sponsored)
  4. Multi-Robot Coverage Path Planning for Large Structures Surface Reconstruction(KU Sponsored – PhD Project)
  5. Robot based pipe inspection (ADNOC Sponsored)

Robotics for Extreme Environments (R4EE) 

Robots are ideally suited for applications in extreme environments, including disaster response. They will play an increasingly important role in future disaster relief and have the potential to increase functional capabilities, reduce response times, improve first responder safety, reduce costs and improve persistence of response. Thus there is growing global interest in the application of robotic technology in extreme environments. However, extreme environments pose demanding technical challenges and the se of robots in such environments is still beyond the current state of the art. There are considerable technical challenges in robot perception, navigation and control that need to be solved, before robots can be effectively deployed in extreme environments. The R4EE theme will investigate robot based emergency response systems that can be used in extreme environments such as firefighting and search and rescue in collapsed infrastructure.  This theme currently has the following projects:

  1. Collaborative Robot Navigation in Harsh Environments (KUCARS-sponsored)
  2. Robot Interventions in Harsh Environments (KUCARS-sponsored)
  3. Fire Fighting UAV (EMAAR Sponsored)
  4. Semi-Autonomous Exploration for Robot Based Urban Search and Rescue (ICT Fund Sponsored, PhD Project)
  5. Towards Robust SLAM in GPS-Denied Environments (KU Sponsored – PhD Project)
  6. Recovery Strategies for Dual-Axis Tilting Quadcopters (KU Sponsored – PhD Project)
  7. Ultra-Light Materials for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles under Extreme Conditions

Robotics for Industrial Applications (R4IA)              

The R4IA Theme will investigate research problems related to deployment of robots in challenging industrial scenarios. There are a number of industrial applications where the use of robots is highly sought but not yet possible with current state of the art systems. This is the case, for example, in construction automation (buildings or civil infrastructures), and manufacturing of large-size structures, such as aircrafts and ships.

The R4IA theme aims to develop new design approaches, technologies and systems related to robotics platforms for industrial applications, paving the way for real-world deployment and impact. This theme currently has the following projects:

1: Robotics for Manufacturing of Large-Size Structures (KUCARS-sponsored)

2: Interactive, Human-In-the Loop Robotics for Flexible Industrial Automation (KUCARS-sponsored)

  1. Intelligent Slip Sensing System using Dynamic Active-Pixel Vision Sensor for Manufacturing Automation (KU-CIRA Sponsored)
  2. Compliant Co-Work Robot for Safe Human-Robot Collaboration in Automatic Manufacturing (KU Sponsored)
  3. A Parallel Drilling Robotic System in Aerospace Manufacturing (ARIC, Strata Sponsored)
  4. Automatic Nutplate Installation in Aerospace Manufacturing” (ARIC, Strata Sponsored)
  5. Collaborative aerial manipulation ((KU Sponsored – PhD Project – Web link to project page)
  6. Dynamic Vision Guided Robots in Complex and Dynamic Indoor Environment (ARIC, STRATA Sponsored – Web link to project)
  7. Machine Learning Based Predictive Maintenance for Power Engine (ARIC, STRATA Sponsored – Web link to project) 

Medical and Soft Robotics Projects 

KUCARS also has a number of projects related to Medical and Soft Robotics including:                  

  1. A Novel Bio-Inspired Adaptable Compliant Exoskeleton for Smart Lower Limb Rehabilitation (ADEK Sponsored)
  2. Design and Development of Novel Biorobotic Assistive Exoskeletons for the rehabilitation of Stroke Patients (KU-HEIC Sponsored)
  3. Reconfigurable Soft Robotics for Underwater Locomotion and Manipulation (KU Sponsored)
  4. A Standard Framework for Soft Robotics Modeling and Control: Filling the Gap with Traditional Robotics (ADEK Sponsored)

2020

  1. Hussain, I., Al-Ketan, O., Renda, F., Malvezzi, M., Prattichizzo, D., Seneviratne, L., … Gan, D. (2020). Design and prototyping soft–rigid tendon-driven modular grippers using interpenetrating phase composites materials. The International Journal of Robotics Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/0278364920907697

2019

  1. Mohammad I Awad, Irfan Hussain, Dongming Gan, Cesare Stefanini, Kinda Khalaf, Yahya Zweiri, Tarek Taha, Jorge Dias, Lakmal Seneviratne,Passive Discrete Variable Stiffness Joint (pDVSJ-II): modeling, design, characterization, and testing toward passive haptic interface Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics 2019/2/1
  2. M. K. Al-Sharman, Y. Zweiri, M. A. Jaradat, R. Al-Husari, D. M. Gan, and L. Seneviratne, “Deep Learning-Based Neural Network Training for State Estimation Enhancement: Application to Attitude Estimation”, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, in press, 2019. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8643440/
  3. I. Hussain, A. Albalasie, M. I. Awad, D.M. Gan, “Modeling, Identification and Control of a Discrete Variable Stiffness Actuator (DVSA)”, Actuators, 2019.
  4. Islam, Shafiqul; Liu, Peter X; El Saddik, Abdulmotaleb; Ashour, Reem; Dias, Jorge; Seneviratne, Lakmal;Artificial and Virtual Impedance Interaction Force Reflection-Based Bilateral Shared Control for Miniature Unmanned Aerial Vehicle; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics;Volume 66,Number 1, Pages 329-337. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8258900/
  5. Thuruthel, E Falotico, F Renda, T Flash, C Laschi ,Emergence of behavior through morphology: a case study on an octopus inspired manipulator; TG Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 14 (3), 034001. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-3190/ab1621/meta
  6. I. Hussain, Awad Mohammad I. Alblaisi, Ahmad, Gan, Dongming “Modeling, Identification, and Control of a Discrete Variable Stiffness Actuator (DVSA)” MDPI Actuators, accepted, in process.
  7. Konoiko, A., Kadhem, A., Saiful, I., Ghorbanian, N., Zweiri, Y., & Sahinkaya, M. N. (2019). Deep learning framework for controlling an active suspension system. Journal of Vibration and Control. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077546319853070. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1077546319853070
  8. F. B. Naeini, Alali, A, Al-Husari, R, Rigi, A, AlSharman, M, Makris, D, Zweiri, Y  “A Novel Dynamic-Vision-Based Approach for Tactile Sensing Applications,” in IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. doi: 10.1109/TIM.2019.2919354. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8723387/
  9. Gan, Dongming; Tsagarakis, Nikos G; Dai, Jian S; Caldwell, Darwin G; Seneviratne, Lakmal; Stiffness design for a spatial three degrees of freedom serial compliant manipulator based on impact configuration, Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics,Volume 5,Number 1,Page 11002. http://computationalnonlinear.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/article.aspx?articleid=1660675
  10.  Chehadeh, I. Boiko, “Design of rules for in-flight non-parametric tuning of PID controllers for unmanned aerial vehicles”, J. of the Franklin Institute, Vol. 356, No. 1, 2019, pp. 474 – 491.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016003218306604
  11. M.S.Zitouni, A.Sluzek, H.Bhaskar, Visual Analysis of Socio-Cognitive Crowd Behaviors for Surveillance: A Survey and Categorization of Trends and Methods, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, vol.82 (June 2019), pp 294-312, doi: 10.1016/j.engappai.2019.04.012.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0952197619300971
  12. Islam, Shafiqul; Liu, Peter X; El Saddik, Abdulmotaleb; Ashour, Reem; Dias, Jorge; Seneviratne, Lakmal D; Artificial and virtual impedance interaction force reflection-based bilateral shared control for miniature unmanned aerial vehicle IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 329-337,2019.
  13. Romano, Donato; Donati, Elisa; Benelli, Giovanni; Stefanini, Cesare; A review on animal–robot interaction: from bio-hybrid organisms to mixed societies Biological cybernetics Vol113 Number 3 Pages 201-225 ,2019 Springer
  14. Alkadi, Ruba; Taher, Fatma; El-baz, Ayman; Werghi, Naoufel; A deep learning-based approach for the detection and localization of prostate cancer in T2 magnetic resonance images Journal of digital imaging Volume 32 Number 5 Pages 793-807 ,2019 Springer
  15. Liu, Yi; Lee, Bu-Sung; Rajan, Deepu; Sluzek, Andrzej; McKeown, Martin J; CamType: assistive text entry using gaze with an off-the-shelf webcam Machine Vision and Applications,Volume 30,Number 3 .Pages 407-421, 2019,Springer
  16. Konoiko, Aleksey; Kadhem, Allan; Saiful, Islam; Ghorbanian, Navid; Zweiri, Yahya; Sahinkaya, M Necip; Deep learning framework for controlling an active suspension system, Journal of Vibration and Control,IOP Publishing,, Number 3 ,Pages 37001, Volume 25 ,Number 17,Pages 2316-2329 , SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England
  17. Almadhoun, Randa; Abduldayem, Abdullah; Taha, Tarek; Seneviratne, Lakmal; Zweiri, Yahya; Guided Next Best View for 3D reconstruction of large complex structures,Volume 11, Number 20, Page 2440,MDPI
  18. Goian, Abdulrahman; Ashour, Reem; Ahmad, Ubaid; Taha, Tarek; Almoosa, Nawaf; Seneviratne, Lakmal; Victim Localization in USAR Scenario Exploiting Multi-Layer Mapping Structure; Volume 11, Number 20, Page 2704,MDPI

Conferences

  1. .Hussain, Irfan; Anwar, Muddasar; Iqbal, Zubair; Muthusamy, Rajkumar; Malvezzi, Monica; Seneviratne, Lakmal; Gan, Dongming; Renda, Federico; Prattichizzo, Domenico; Design and Prototype of Supernumerary Robotic Finger (SRF) Inspired by Fin Ray® Effect for Patients Suffering from Sensorimotor Hand Impairment; 2019 2nd IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft);Pages 398-403.
  2. Majid Khonji, Ashkan Jasour, Brian Williams (2019). “Approximability of Constant-horizon Constrained POMDP.” In Proceedings of the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Macao, China.
  3. R. Muthusamy, J. M. Indave, P. K. Muthusamy, E. F. Hasan, Y. Zweiri, V. Kyrki, D.M. Gan, “Investigation and Design of Robotic Assistance Control System for Cooperative Manipulation”, Proceedings of the IEEE 2019 International Conference on CYBER Technology in Automation, Control, and Intelligent Systems, Suzhou, China, July 29 – August 2, 2019.
  4. A. Albalasie, I. Hussain, M. Horoub, S. Khan, S. Ali, D.M. Gan, “Design, Prototype, and Control Design Based on Computed Torque Control of Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm”, Proceedings of the IEEE 2019 International Conference on CYBER Technology in Automation, Control, and Intelligent Systems, Suzhou, China, July 29 – August 2, 2019.
  5. L. Nurahmi, D.M. Gan, “Dynamic Analysis of the 3-rRPS Metamorphic Parallel Mechanism Based on Instantaneous Screw Axis”, Proceedings of the ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Ahaneim, US, August 18-21, 2019.
  6. L.D. Meng, R.J. Kang, D.M. Gan, G.M. Chen, J.D. Dai, “A Shape Memory Alloy Driven Crawling Robot Utilizing Bistable Mechanism”, Proceedings of the ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Ahaneim, US, August 18-21, 2019.
  7. Sajid Javed, Naoufel Werghi, and Jorge Dias, Structural Low-Rank Tracking; IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Surveillance, Taiwan, Submitted, May 2019
  8. R Almadhoun, T Taha, D Gan, J Dias, Y Zweiri, L Seneviratne, Coverage Path Planning for Complex Structures Inspection Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), The 12th International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications (ICRA2019), Shenyang, China, 2019.
  9. Hussain, Irfan; Anwar, Muddasar; Iqbal, Zubair; Muthusamy, Rajkumar; Malvezzi, Monica; Seneviratne, Lakmal; Gan, Dongming; Renda, Federico; Prattichizzo, Domenico; Design and Prototype of Supernumerary Robotic Finger (SRF) Inspired by Fin Ray® Effect for Patients Suffering from Sensorimotor Hand Impairment; 2019 2nd IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft);Pages 398-403
  10. Majid Khonji, Ashkan Jasour, Brian Williams (2019). “Approximability of Constant-horizon Constrained POMDP.” In Proceedings of the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Macao, China.
  11. Khonji, Majid; Dias, Jorge; Seneviratne, Lakmal; Risk-Aware Reasoning for Autonomous Vehicles,2019 CoRR abs/1910.02461

2018

  1. Hussien, A. Al khoori, A. Alzaabi, C. Stefanini, F. Renda, S. Jaffar, I. Gunduz, K.Polychronopoulou, C. Rebholz and C. Doumanidis “Underwater Robotic Welding of Lap Joints with Sandwiched Reactive Multilayers: Thermal, Mechanical and Material Analysis” MRS Advances, 3(17), 911-920, 2018.
  2. Renda, Federico;, Francesco Boyer, Frederic; Laschi, Cecilia; Dias, Jorge; Seneviratne, Lakmal; Discrete Cosserat approach for multisection soft manipulator dynamics; IEEE Transactions on Robotics 2018
  3. Klippstein, Helge; Hassanin, Hany; Diaz De Cerio Sanchez, Alejandro; Zweiri, Yahya; Seneviratne, Lakmal;Fused Deposition Modeling for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): A Review, Advanced Engineering Materials 2018
  4. Islam, Shafiqul; Liu, Peter X; El Saddik, Abdulmotaleb; Ashour, Reem; Dias, Jorge; Seneviratne, Lakmal D; Artificial and Virtual Impedance Interaction Force Reflection-Based Bilateral Shared Control for Miniature Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics 2018
  5. Khalaf, Kinda; Gan, Dongming; Hemami, Hooshang; Dynamics and control of separable coupled rigid body systems; Robotics and biomimetics,Vol 4,Number 1
  6. Singh, Padmini; Agrawal, Pooja; Karki, Hamad; Shukla, Amit; Verma, Nishchal Kumar; Behera, Laxmidhar; Vision based Guidance and Switching based Sliding Mode Controller for a Mobile Robot in the Cyber Physical Framework; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics 2018
  7. Shukla, Amit; Karki, Hamad; Behera, Laxmidhar; Jamshidi, Mo M; Teleoperation by Using Nonisomorphic Mechanisms in the Master–Slave Configuration for Speed Control; IEEE Systems Journal;Volume 12,Number 2, 1369-1380
  8. Romano, Donato; Donati, Elisa; Benelli, Giovanni; Stefanini, Cesare; A review on animal–robot interaction: from bio-hybrid organisms to mixed societies; Biological cybernetics 2018
  9. Hussain, Irfan; Renda, Federico; Iqbal, Zubair; Malvezzi, Monica; Salvietti, Gionata; Seneviratne, Lakmal; Gan, Dongming; Prattichizzo, Domenico; Modeling and Prototyping of an Underactuated Gripper Exploiting Joint Compliance and Modularity; IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 2018; Volume 3 ,Issue 4
  10. Galatas, Athanasios; Hassanin, Hany; Zweiri, Yahya; Seneviratne, Lakmal; Additive Manufactured Sandwich Composite/ABS Parts for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Applications; IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 2018;
  11. Renda, Federico; Giorgio-Serchi, Francesco; Boyer, Frederic; Laschi, Cecilia; Dias, Jorge; Seneviratne, Lakmal;A unified multi-soft-body dynamic model for underwater soft robots;The International Journal of Robotics Research 37 (6), 648-666
  12. Nair, Ranjith Ravindranathan; Karki, Hamad; Shukla, Amit; Behera, Laxmidhar; Jamshidi, Mo; Fault-tolerant formation control of nonholonomic robots using fast adaptive gain nonsingular terminal sliding mode control; IEEE Systems Journal 2018
  13. G. Martins, L. Santos e J. Dias, User-Adaptive Interaction in Social Robots: A Survey Focusing on Non-Physical Interaction, International Journal of Social Robotics (SORO), Springer 2018.DOI: 10.1007/s12369-018-0485-4
  14. Gonçalo S. Martins, Hend Al Tair, Luís Santos and Jorge Dias  POMDP: POMDP-based user adaptive decision making for social robots. In Pattern Recognition Letters [Online 13th March], 2018.DOI: 10.1016/j.patrec.2018.03.011
  15. David Portugal; Paulo Alvito; Eleni Christodoulou; George Samaras; Jorge Dias, A Study on the Deployment of a Service Robot in an Elderly Care Center, International Journal of Social Robotics , pp 125 , 10 November 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s12369-018-0492-5
  16. Gonçalo Martins, Luis Santos, Jorge Dias,  BUM: Bayesian User Model for Distributed Learning of User Characteristics from Heterogeneous Information Accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems. ISSN:2379-8920/ISSN:2379-8939.DOI:10.1109/TCDS.2018.2878451
  17. Jorge M. Miranda DiaS; Antonio Bandera; George Azzopardi; Rebeca Marfil, Special Issue Editorial: COOPERATIVE AND SOCIAL ROBOTS: UNDERSTANDING HUMAN ACTIVITIES AND INTENTIONS, Pattern Recognition Letters, PATREC7233, 6-JUL-2018.DOI: 10.1016/j.patrec.2018.07.007
  18. João Quintas, Goncalo S. Martins, Luis Santos, Paulo Menezes, and Jorge Dias,“Toward a Context-Aware Human-Robot Interaction Framework Based on Cognitive Development, IEEETransactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems,2018 (in publication)     DOI: 10.1109/TSMC.2018.2833384
  19. Antonio Bandera, Jorge Dias, Markus Vincze, Luis J. Manso, Special issue on cognitive robotics, in Marta Olivetti Belardinelli and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018, Springer Berlin Heidelberg DOI: 10.1007/s10339-018-0863-8
  20. Toufik Al Khawli, Hamza Bendemra, Muddasar Anwar, Dewald Swart, Jorge Dias, (2018) “Introducing data analytics to the robotic drilling process”, Industrial Robot: An International Journal, Vol. 45 Issue: 3, pp.371-378  DOI: 10.1108/IR-01-2018-0018
  21. A Bin Junaid, A Diaz De Cerio Sanchez, N. Vitzilaios, Y. Zweiri, Design and Implementation of a Dual-Axis Tilting Quadcopter, Robotics, 2018
  22. Awad, Mohammad I; Gan, Dongming; Hussain, Irfan; Stefanini, Cesare; Khalaf, Kinda; Zweiri, Yahya; Dias, Jorge; Seneviratne, Lakmal; Design of a novel Passive Binary-Controlled Variable Stiffness Joint (BpVSJ) towards passive haptic interface application; IEEE Access 2018
  23. M. Al-Sharman, B. J. Emran, M. A. Jaradat, H. Najjaran, R. Al husari and Y. Zweiri, Precision Landing Using an Adaptive Fuzzy Multi-Sensor Data Fusion Architecture, Accepted, Applied Soft Computing, 2018
  24. A Abdellatif, S Alfayad, Arne-Christoph Hildebrandt, FB Ouezdou, N Mechbal, Y. Zweiri, Development of a new hydraulic ankle for HYDROID humanoid robot, Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 2018. http://rdcu.be/IF5B
  25. A. Rigi, F. Baghaei Naeini, D. Makris, Y. Zweiri. A Novel Event-Based Incipient Slip Detection Using Dynamic Active-Pixel Vision Sensor (DAVIS). Sensors, Vol. 18, Issue 8, 2018.
  26. M. Awad, D. Gan, I. Hussain, T. Taha, K. Khalaf, Y. Zweiri, J. Dias, L. Seneviratne. Passive Discrete Variable Stiffness Joint (pDVSJ-II): Modeling, Design, Characterization and Testing Towards Passive Haptic Interface. ASME J. Mech. Robot. 6, 68, 2018
  27. Shukla, Amit; Karki, Hamad; Behera, Laxmidhar; Jamshidi, Mo M; Teleoperation by Using Nonisomorphic Mechanisms in the Master–Slave Configuration for Speed Control; IEEE Systems Journal (2018) Volume 12,Number 2, 1369-1380. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/7458811/
  28. 1.Renda, Federico; Seneviratne, Lakmal;; A geometric and unified approach for modeling soft-rigid multi-body systems with lumped and distributed degrees of freedom2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)-2018; 1567-1574
  29. Hussain, Irfan; Renda, Federico; Iqbal, Zubair; Malvezzi, Monica; Salvietti, Gionata; Seneviratne, Lakmal; Gan, Dongming; Prattichizzo, Domenico; Modeling and Prototyping of an Underactuated Gripper Exploiting Joint Compliance and Modularity.,IEEE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION LETTERS 2018
  30. Ali, Abdulla Al; Karki, Hamad; Shukla, Amit; Zhang, Xiaoxiong; A Smart Robotic System for Non-Contact Condition Monitoring and Fault Detection in Buried Pipelines; Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference; Society of Petroleum Engineers 2018
  31. Sudevan, Vidya; Shukla, Amit; Karki, Hamad; Current and Future Research Focus on Inspection of Vertical Structures in Oil and Gas Industry; 144-149;2018
  32. Sudevan, Vidya; Shukla, Amit; Karki, Hamad; Inspection of vertical structures in oil and gas industry: A review of current scenario and future trends; RDPETRO 2018: Research and Development Petroleum Conference and Exhibition, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Pages 65-68,May 2018
  33. Randa Almadhoun, Tarek Taha, Dongming Gan, Jorge Dias, Yahya Zweiri, Lakmal Seneviratne, Coverage Path Planning with Adaptive Viewpoint Sampling to Construct 3D Models of Complex Structures for the Purpose of Inspection,2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) Madrid, Spain, October 1-5, 2018 DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2018.2868815
  34. Nurahmi, Latifah; Gan, Dongming; Workspace Transition of 3-rRPS Metamorphic Parallel Mechanism in Hyperboloid Configuration; ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference;Pages 368-372
  35. Xiaoqian, Huang; Shukla, Amit; Karki, Hamad; Xiaoxiong, Zhang; UAVs low-altitude visual tracking of unburied pipeline by the designed variant PID controller and position controller; RDPETRO 2018: Research and Development Petroleum Conference and Exhibition, Abu Dhabi;Pages 56-59
  36. Luís Santos , Gonçalo S. Martins and Jorge Dias, An Extended Bayesian User Model (BUM) for Capturing Cultural Attributes with a Social Robot, 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) Madrid, Spain, October 1-5, 2018
  37. S Bin Safwan, F Alkhoori, Y Zweiri, MN Sahinkaya . Implementation of a Novel Optimal PID Methods in UAV Applications. ICARM 2018 – IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics, 2018.
  38. A Ahmed, O Duran, Y Zweiri, M Smith. Application of Hybrid Switch Method to Quantify Oil Spills. IEEE GRSS WHISPERS conference, Amsterdam, 2018.
  39. Majid Khonji, Chi-Kin Chau, Khaled Elbassioni (2018). “Combinatorial Optimization of Electric Vehicle Charging in AC Power Distribution Networks.” IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids (IEEE SmartGridComm). Aalborg, Denmark.
  40.   Majid Khonji, Chi-Kin Chau, Khaled Elbassioni (2018). “Challenges in Scheduling Electric Vehicle Charging with Discrete Charging Rates in AC Power Networks.” International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM E-Energy). Karlsruhe, Germany.
  41. Majid Khonji, Chi-Kin Chau, Khaled Elbassioni (2018). “Approximation Scheduling Algorithms for Electric Vehicle Charging with Discrete Charging Options.” International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM E-Energy). Karlsruhe, Germany.
  42.  I Hussain, MI Awad, AB Junaid, F Renda, L Seneviratne, D Gan;Dynamic Modeling and Numerical Simulations of a Passive Robotic Walker Using Euler-Lagrange Method;11th International Symposium on Mechatronics and its Applications (ISMA) 2018

2017

  1. Pablo Lanillos, João Filipe Ferreira, Jorge Dias, A Bayesian Hierarchy for Robust Gaze Estimation in Human-Robot Interaction, Int. J. of Approximate. Reasoning, Spec. Issue on Unconventional Computing for Bayesian Inference (2017) DOI: 10.1016/j.ijar.2017.04.007
  2. Cai Guowei, Tarek Taha, Jorge Dias, Lakmal Seneviratne, A Framework of Frequency-Domain Flight Dynamics Modeling for Multi-Rotor Aerial Vehicles, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, eISSN: 20413025| ISSN: 09544100
  3. João Quintas, Paulo Menezes, Jorge Dias, Information Model and Architecture Specification for Context Awareness Interaction Decision Support in Cyber-physical Human-Machine Systems, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems , Volume: 47, Issue: 3, 323 – 331, 2017 DOI: 10.1109/THMS.2016.2634923
  4. Juan C. García, Bruno Patrão, Luís Almeida, Javier Pérez, Paulo Menezes, Jorge Dias, Pedro J. Sanz – “Design and Evaluation of a Natural Interface for Remote Operation of Underwater Robots”, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 37, 1, 34-43, 2017 DOI: 10.1109/MCG.2015.118
  5. Hadi Aliakbarpour, João F. Ferreira, V. B. Surya Prasath, Kannappan Palaniappan, Guna Seetharaman, Jorge Dias, A Probabilistic Framework for 3D Reconstruction Using Heterogeneous Sensors, IEEE Sensors Volume: 17 Issue: 9 DOI: 10.1109/JSEN.2017.2679187
  6. F. Renda, M. Cianchetti, H. Abidi , J. Dias and L. Seneviratne, “Screw-Based Modeling of Soft Manipulators with Tendon and Fluidic Actuation”, Journal of Mechanism and Robotics, 2017
  7. Ricardo Martins, João Filipe Ferreira, Miguel Castelo-Branco, Jorge Dias, Integration of touch attention mechanisms to improve the robotic haptic exploration of surfaces, Neurocomputing, ISSN: 0925-2312K.
  8. Shafiqul Islam, Peter X. Liu, Jorge Dias, Lakmal D. Seneviratne, “Adaptive Control for Robot Manipulators Using Multiple Parameter Models”, International Journal of Control and Automation Systems, ISSN: 2005-4092
  9. M. Sami Zitouni , J. Dias , M. E. Al-Mualla , H. Bhaskar, Advances and Trends in Visual Crowd Analysis: A Systematic Survey and Evaluation of Crowd Modelling Techniques, Neurocomputing international journal, Elsevier.
  10. Bin Junaid, A. Konoiko, Y. Zweiri, M. N. Sahinkaya and L. Seneviratne, Autonomous Wireless Self-Charging for Multi-Rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Energies, Vol. 10, Issue  6, 2017. doi:10.3390/en10060803.(IF: 2.262, Q1)
  11. A. M Ahmed, O. Duran, Y. Zweiri and M. Smith, Hybrid Spectral Unmixing: Using Artificial Neural Networks for Linear/ Non-linear Switching, Remote Sensing, Vol. 9, Issue 8, 2017. doi:10.3390/rs9080775. (IF: 3.224, Q1)
  12. H. Klippstein, A. Diaz De Cerio Sanchez, H. Hassanin, Y. Zweiri, and L. Seneviratne, Fused Deposition Modeling for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): A review. Advanced Engineering Material, 2017.
  13. S. Islam, S. Liu, P. X. Liu, A. El Saddik, Observer based force reflecting robust coordination control for networked of telerobotic system, International Journal of Control, 2017
  14. T. G. Thuruthel and E. Falotico and F. Renda and C. Laschi “Learning dynamic models for open loop predictive control of soft robotic manipulators” Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 2017, DOI:10.1088/1748-3190/aa839f.
  15. Ex vivo study of prostate cancer localization using rolling mechanical imaging towards minimally invasive surgery. J Li, H Liu, M Brown, P Kumar, BJ Challacombe, Seneviratne L D, A Chandra, Medical Engineering & Physics 43, 112-117, 2017
  16. Mencattelli, Margherita, Elisa Donati, Pasqua Spinelli, Massimo Cultrone, Cesare Luzi, Daniele Cantarella, and Cesare Stefanini. “Measuring 3D-orthodontic actions to guide clinical treatments involving coil springs and miniscrews.” Biomedical Microdevices 19, no. 1 (2017): 14-20. DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0153-8
  17. Kinda Khalaf, Dongming Gan, Hooshang Hemami, Dynamics and control of separable coupled rigid body systems Journal Robotics and biomimetics Volume4 ,Issue 1,Pages 14,2017/12/1
  18. S Islam State and Impedance Reflection Based Control Interface for Bilateral Telerobotic System with Asymmetric Delay ,– Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 2017, Pages 1-14
  19. Ahmed, Asmau M; Duran, Olga; Zweiri, Yahya; Smith, Mike; Hybrid spectral unmixing: Using artificial neural networks for linear/non-linear switching Remote Sensing Journal,9,Issue 8,Pages 775,Publication date 2017/7/29
  20. KK Roudposhti, J Dias, P Peixoto, V Metsis, U Nunes –A multilevel body motion-based human activity analysis methodology ,IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems,Volume 9,Issue 1,Pages 16-29,Publication date 2017/3
  21. Frederic Boyer, Federico Renda Poincaré’s equations for cosserat media: Application to shells,Journal of Nonlinear Science, 2017,Volume 27,Issue 1 ,Pages 144 Publication date 2017/2/1
  22. Khalaf, Kinda; Gan, Dongming; Hemami, Hooshang; Dynamics and control of separable coupled rigid body systems (2017); Robotics and biomimetics,Vol 4,Number 1. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40638-017-0068-0

Conferences

  1. Bilal Taha, Naoufel Werghi, Jorge Dias, “‘Screening cervical-cancer using pap-smear images: A CONVOLUTIONAL NEURAL NETWORK Approach”, Medical Image Understanding and Analysis (MIUA) 2017, Edinburgh, UK, 11-13 July, 2017
  2. Yasmeen Abu-Kheil, Lakmal Seneviratne and Jorge Dias. “A SIMULATION ENVIRONMENT FOR ACTIVE ENDOSCOPIC CAPSULES”, 30th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (IEEE CBMS2017), Thessaloniki, Greece.
  3. Luís Almeida, Paulo Menezes, Jorge Dias, Improving robot teleoperation experience via immersive interfaces, Exp.at’17 International Conference
  4. Luís Santos and Jorge Dias, User Routine Model using a Cloud-Connected Social Robot, 5th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Networking 2016
  5. H. Fernandes and M. A. Aslam and J. Lobo and J. F. Ferreira and J. Dias, Bayesian inference implemented on FPGA with stochastic bitstreams for an autonomous robot, 26th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL) 2017DOI: 10.1109/FPL.2016.7577312
  6. Yasmeen Abu-Kheil, Lakmal Seneviratne and Jorge Dias. “A Simulation Environment for a Magnetically Actuated Capsule Endoscopy”. Won the best paper award in the mechanical and robotics track at the UAE Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC 2017), Abu-Dhabi, UAE
  7. H. Fernandes and M. A. Aslam and J. Lobo and J. F. Ferreira and J. Dias, Bayesian inference implemented on FPGA with stochastic bitstreams for an autonomous robot, 26th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL) 2017DOI: 10.1109/FPL.2016.7577312
  8. S. Islam, D. Gan, R. Ashour, P. Dario, J. Dias, L. D. Seneviratne, Haptics and Virtual Reality Based Bilateral Tele manipulation of Miniature Aerial Vehicle Over Open Communication Network, In Proc. International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR), July 10-12, Hong Kong, 2017.
  9. F. Renda, F. Giorgio-Serchi, F. Boyer, C. Laschi, J. Dias, and L. Seneviratne ” A multi-soft-body dynamic model for underwater soft robots” In Robotics Research,pages 143-160. Springer, Cham, 2018.
  10. Bilal Taha, Naoufel Werghi, Jorge Dias “Automatic polyp detection in endoscopy videos: A survey” Biomedical Engineering (BioMed), 2017 13th IASTED International Conference Publication date2017/2/20,Pages 233-240, IEEE
  11.  Donati, Elisa; van Vuuren, Godfried J; Tanaka, Katsuaki; Romano, Donato; Schmickl, Thomas; Stefanini, Cesare; aMussels: Diving and Anchoring in a New Bio-inspired Under-Actuated Robot Class for Long-Term Environmental Exploration and Monitoring; Conference Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems;Pages 300-314

2016

  1. A Ataollahi, R Karim, AS Fallah, K Rhode, R Razavi, LD Seneviratne, Three-Degree-of-Freedom MR-Compatible Multisegment Cardiac Catheter Steering Mechanism IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 63 (11), 2425-2435. 2016.
  2. P Qi, C Qiu, H Liu, JS Dai, LD Seneviratne, K Althoefer. A novel continuum manipulator design using serially connected double-layer planar springs. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics 21 (3), 1281-1292, 2016
  3. BW Gu, SY Choi, YS Choi, G Cai, L Seneviratne, CT Rim. Novel Roaming and Stationary Tethered Aerial Robots for Continuous Mobile Missions in Nuclear Power Plants. Nuclear Engineering and Technology 48 (4), 982-996, 2016.
  4. Almadhoun, T. Taha, L. Seneviratne, J. Dias, and G. Cai, “A survey on inspecting structures using robotic systems,” International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, vol. 13, no. 6, Nov. 2016 DOI: 1729881416663664
  5. Khoshhal Roudposhti; J. Dias; P. Peixoto; V. Metsis; U. Nunes, “A Multilevel Body Motion-based Human Activity Analysis Methodology,” in IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems , vol.PP, no.99, pp.1-1 DOI: 10.1109/TCDS.2016.2607154
  6. K. Roudposhti, U. Nunes and J. Dias, “Probabilistic Social Behavior Analysis by Exploring Body Motion-Based Patterns,” in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol. 38, no. 8, pp. 1679-1691, Aug. 1 2016.DOI: 10.1109/TPAMI.2015.2496209
  7. Dongming Gan, Jian S Dai, Jorge Dias, Lakmal Seneviratne, Variable Motion/Force Transmissibility of a Metamorphic Parallel Mechanism with Reconfigurable 3T and 3R Motion, ASME. Journal of Mechanisms Robotics. 2016;8(5):051001-051001-9 DOI: 10.1115/1.4032409
  8. Marco Mura, Yasmeen Abu-Kheil, Gastone Ciuti, Marco Visentini-Scarzanella, Arianna Menciassi, Paolo Dario, Jorge Dias, Lakmal Seneviratne, Vision-based haptic feedback for capsule endoscopy navigation: a proof of concept, Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics, June 2016, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 35-45 DOI: 10.1007/s12213-016-0090-2
  9. Dias; K. Althoefer; P. U. Lima, Robot Competitions: What Did We Learn?, IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Volume 23, Issue 1, Pages 16 – 18, 2016 DOI: 10.1109/MRA.2015.2511678
  10. Boyer, F. Renda “Poincaré’s equations for Cosserat media: application to shells” Journal of Nonlinear Science, 10.1007/s00332-016-9324-7, 2016
  11. Islam, P. X. Liu, A. El Saddik, J. Dias, L. D. Seneviratne, Robust bilateral shared autonomous systems with constant input interaction forces with time varying delay, International Journal of Robotics and Automation(springer), vol. 3, pp. 1-11, 2016
  12. Cacucciolo, F. Renda, E. Poccia, C. Laschi, M. Cianchetti “Modelling the Nonlinear Response of Fibre-reinforced Bending Fluidic Actuators” Smart Materials and Structures, 25:10, 2016
  13. Li, Y.A. Samad, T. Taha, G. Cai, S.Y. Fu and K. Liao. Highly flexible strain sensor from tissue paper for wearable electronics. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 4(8), pp.4288-4295, 2016
  14. Almadhoun, T. Taha, J. Dias, L. Seneviratne and G. Cai. A Survey on Inspecting Structures Using Robotic Systems. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 2016
  15. Sami Zitouni , J. Dias , Mohammed Al-Mualla, H. Bhaskar, Advances and Trends in Visual Crowd Analysis: A Systematic Survey and Evaluation of Crowd Modelling Techniques, Journal of Neurocomputing, Elsevier, Volume 186 Issue C, April 2016 Pages 139-159.
  16. Gan, D., Dias, J., Seneviratne, L. Unified kinematics and optimal design of a 3rRPS metamorphic parallel mechanism with a reconfigurable revolute joint (2016) Mechanism and Machine Theory, 96, pp. 239-254
  17. Donati, Elisa, Martin Worm, Stefano Mintchev, Marleen Van Der Wiel, Giovanni Benelli, Gerhard Von Der Emde, and Cesare Stefanini. “Investigation of collective behaviour and electrocommunication in the weakly electric fish, Mormyrus rume, through a biomimetic robotic dummy fish.” Bioinspiration & biomimetics 11, no. 6 ,2016: Art. 066009. 1-13. DOI: 10.1088/1748-3190/11/6/066009
  18. Milazzo, Mario, Serena Danti, Francesco Inglese, Godfried Jansen van Vuuren, Vera Gramigna, Gabriella Bonsignori, Andrea De Vito, Luca Bruschini, Cesare Stefanini, and Stefano Berrettini. “Ossicular replacement prostheses from banked bone with ergonomic and functional geometry.” Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials 00B, no. 6 2016: 1-12. DOI: 10.1002/jbm.b.33790
  19. Romano, Donato, Nickolas G. Kavallieratos, Christos G. Athanassiou, Cesare Stefanini, Angelo Canale, and Giovanni Benelli. “Impact of geographical origin and rearing medium on mating success and lateralization in the rice weevil, Sitophilus oryzae (L.)(Coleoptera: Curculionidae).” Journal of Stored Products Research 69 ,2016: 106-112. DOI: 10.1016/j.jspr.2016.07.001
  20. Ricci, Claudio, Luisa Trombi, Ilaria Soriga, Fabio Piredda, Mario Milazzo, Cesare Stefanini, Luca Bruschini, Giuseppe Perale, Gianni Pertici, and Serena Danti. “Investigating the microenvironmental effects of scaffold chemistry and topology in human mesenchymal stromal cell/polymeric hollow microfiber constructs.” Biomedical Science and Engineering 1, no. 1 2016: 9-17. DOI: 10.4081/bse.2016.10
  21. Romano, Donato, Elisa Donati, Angelo Canale, Russell H. Messing, Giovanni Benelli, and Cesare Stefanini. “Lateralized courtship in a parasitic wasp.” Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition 21, no. 3 (2016): 243-254. DOI: 10.1080/1357650X.2016.1150289
  22. Islam, P. X. Liu, J. Dias, L. D. Senevirante, Adaptive control for robot manipulators using multiple parameter models, International Journal of Control Automation and Systems, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 1-11, 2016.

Conferences 

  1. Mohammad I. Awad, Dongming Gan, Ali AZ-ZU’BI, Jaideep Thattamparambil, Cesare Stefanini, Jorge Dias, Lakmal Seneviratne, Novel Passive Discrete Variable Stiffness Joint (pDVSJ): Modeling, Design, and Characterization, IEEE Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO 2016), December 3-7, 2016, Qingdao, China
  2. Almadhoun, T. Taha, L. Seneviratne, J. Dias, and G. Cai, “Aircraft inspection using unmanned aerial vehicles,” in International micro air vechicle competition and conference 2016, Beijing, PR of China, 2016, pp. 43-49.
  3. I. Awad, D.M. Gan, Marco Cempini, Mario Cortese, Nicola Vitiello, Jorge Dias, Paolo Dario, Lakmal Seneviratne, “Modeling, Design & Characterization of A Novel Passive Variable Stiffness Joint (pVSJ)”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016), Daejeon, Korea, October 9-14, 2016.
  4. M. Gan, J. S. Dai, Jorge Dias, and L. D. Seneviratne, “Optimal Design of of a Metamorphic Parallel Mechanism with Reconfigurable 1T2R and 3R Motion Based on Unified Motion/Force Transmissibility”, Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, August 21-24, 2016.
  5. Guowei Cai, Adnan Saeed, Ahmad Younes, Tarek Taha, Jorge Dias, Lakmal Seneviratne, First-Principles Modeling of A Miniature Tilt-Rotor Convertiplane in Low-Speed Operation, AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition 2016
  6. Ashour, T. Taha, F. Mohamed, E. Hableel, Y. Abu Kheil, M. Elsalamouny, M. Kadadha, K. Rangan, J. Dias, L. Seneviratne, G. Cai, “Site inspection drone: A solution for inspecting and regulating construction sites,” 2016 IEEE 59th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS), Abu Dhabi, 2016, pp. 1-4.
  7. Abu-Kheil, M. Mura, G. Ciuti, P. Dario, L. Seneviratne and J. Dias, “Trajectory analysis of endoscopic capsule images: A feasibility study,” 2016 IEEE 59th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS), Abu Dhabi, 2016, pp. 1-4.
  8. Almadhoun, T. Taha, L. Seneviratni, J. Dias and G. Cai., “Inspection of Large Geometrically Complex Structures Using Quadrotors,” in UAE Graduate Research Conference (GSRC 2016), Al Ain, UAE, April, 2016.
  9. Yasmeen Abu-Kheil, Gastone Ciuti, Marco Mura, Jorge Dias, Paolo Dario, Lakmal Seneviratne, “Vision/Inertial-Based Image Mapping for Capsule Endoscopy”, in UAR Graduate Students Research Conference, 2016.
  10. F Renda, F Giorgio-Serchi, F Boyer, “A Cosserat-based formulation for elastic, axisymmetric shells with implications to the pulsed-jetting propulsion of soft-bodied aquatic vehicles” Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 2016.
  11. F Boyer, F Renda, “Geometric mechanics for modelling bioinspired robots locomotion: from rigid to continuous (soft) systems” Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 2016.
  12. Cai, A. Saeed, A. Younes, T. Taha, J. Dias, L. Seneviratne(1), “ First-Principles Modeling of A Miniature Tilt-Rotor Convertiplane in Low-Speed Operation”, AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, 2016 Page 3222
  13. Khatib, H. Al-Muhairi, J. Dias, T. Taha, and N. Werghi, “Cloud-Based Intelligent Robots for Elderly Care”, IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics and Computer Systems (CIICS), 2016.
  14. Shramana Ghosh, D. M. Gan, “Design of Passive 3-PRR Planar Parallel Manipulators for Self-alignment of Exoskeleton Axes”, Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, August 21-24, 2016
  15. Renda, V. Cacucciolo, J. Dias, L. Seneviratne “Discrete Cosserat Approachfor Soft Robot Dynamics: a New Piece-wise Constant Strain Model with Torsionand Shears” Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, 9-14 October, 2016.
  16. Renda, V. Cacucciolo, J. Dias, L. Seneviratne “Discrete Cosserat Approach for Soft Robot Dynamics:T. Thuruthel, E. Falotico, M. Cianchetti, F. Renda, C. Laschi “Learning Global Inverse Statics Solution for a Redundant Soft Robot” 13th International Conferenceon Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), Lisbon, Portugal,29-31 July, 2016.

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KUCARS HAS STATE-OF-THE-ART, DEDICATED LABORATORY FACILITIES

State of the art labs:

  1. Unmanned Aerial Robotics Labs (C0059, C0060, G010)
  2. Marine Robotics Lab – D0058
  3. Industrial Applications Robotics Lab – L10129
  4. ARIC Manufacturing Lab – L00021
  5. Computer Vision Lab – L03029
  6. GAIT Analysis Lab-L01002

Major pieces of Equipment at the Research Center’s own lab

UGVS

  • Seekur Junior with Manipulator
  • Husky mobile Robot with URDF Arm
  • Jackal UGV Platform
  • Pioneer Robots

UAVS

  • DJI Agras MG-1S Drone
  • Wind 4 Drone
  • Quanser Q-Ball Drone and Q-Bot robot
  • Various other UAV platforms

MARINE VEHICLES

  • Marine Robotics Pool with wave and stream generators (under construction)
  • Seabotix vLBV300

MANIPULATORS

  • Mitsubishi Industrial Manipulator with 6 Dof and payload of 6 KG
  • KUKA Manipulator
  • Baxter dual arm system

INDOOR TRACKING SYSTEMS

  • PTI Phoenix Visualyeze Indoor Motion Capture Systems with active markers.
  • Optitrack Tracking systems in two separate labs.

OTHER

  • Nao Humanoid Robots
  • Acceleglove
  • Cybergloves
  • 3D Printing facilities
  • 3D Scanning facilities
  • TEA MAX8040 table CNC machine
  • Automated Nutplate Installation in Aerospace Manufacturing, PI: Prof. Jorge Dias, Co-PIs: Prof. Cesare Stefanini, Dr. Dongming Gan. 4 Million AED. 1/1/2016 – 31/12/2017
  • A Parallel Drilling Robotic System in Aerospace Manufacturing, PI: Dr. Dongming Gan. Co-PI: Prof. Cesare Stefanini, 2 Million AED. 1/1/2016 – 31/12/2017, KU-Strata industrial project
  • A Semi-Autonomous Mobile Robotic C4ISR System for Urban Search and Rescue. PI: Dr. Hassan Obaid Al-Muhairi. Co-PI: Prof. Jorge Dias. Co-PI: Prof. Lakmal Seneviratne. Investigators: Dr. Tarek Taha, Hend Al-Tair, Reem Al Ashour. 1600K AED, 1/1/2016 – 31/12/2017, ICT -Research Fund.
  • Intelligent Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Inspecting Indoor Complex Aero-Structures, PI: Dr. Guowei Cai, Co-PIs: Dr. Tarek Taha, Dr. Hassan Al-Muhairi, Dr. Young-ji Byon, Dr. Ahmad Younes, 348K AED, Jan 01, 2016 — Dec 31, 2017, ADEC
  • Bionic Implantable Sphincter for Urological Incontinence, PI: Dr. Cesare Stefanini, Co-PIs: Dr. Kinda Khalaf, Dr. Ahsan Habib Khandoker, Dr. Tim McGloughlin, Dr. Khamran Khan, Dr. Waleed A Hassen. 200K AED, 1/1/2016 – 31/12/2016 , KUIRF – 1
  • Automated Underwater Manufacturing and Inspection PI: Prof. Haris Doumanidis. Award Category: New Investigator Award. Priority Area: Energy and the Environment. 200k AED, 1/1/2016 – 31/12/2016, KUIRF – L1
  • Hamama: context-aware cloud-based robot assistance for informal care, PI: Dr. Hassan Obaid Al-Muhairi. Co-PI: Prof. Jorge Dias. Investigators: Dr. Tarek Taha, Dr. Naoufel Werghi. 200K AED, 1/1/2015 – 31/12/2015. KUIRF – L1
  • INERVIS4ERC – INERtial-VISion Based Image Mapping For Non-Invasive Endoscopic Robotic Capsules, PI: Prof. Jorge Dias. Co-PI: Prof. Lakmal Seneviratne. Investigators: Prof Paolo Dario, Dr. Gastone Ciuti. 200K AED, 1/1/2015 – 31/12/2015, KUIRF – L1
  • Shared Autonomous Mobile Manipulation Using a Compliant Exoskeleton, PI: Dr. Dongming Gan, Co-PI: Prof. Andrzej Stefan Sluzek, 1/9/2014 – 31/12/2016.
  • Multi-Robot Cooperation for Mapping and Intervention in Hazardous Environments PI: Dr. Guowei Cai, Co-PIs: Dr. Jorge Dias. 2 Million AED, Jan 01, 2014 — Dec 31, 2015, KUIRF – L2
  • Persistent Surveillance of Critical Infrastructure Using Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. PI: Dr. Guowei Cai, Dr. David Hyunchul Shim Co-PIs: Dr. Jorge Dias, Dr. Lakmal Seneviratne, Dr. Shafiqul Islam, Dr. Han-Lim Choi 370K AED, Jan 01, 2013 — Dec 31, 2013, KU – KAIST
  • Reconfigurable Exoskeleton for Wrist-Ankle Rehabilitation With Motion Intention Based Control. PI at KU: Dr. Dongming Gan, PI at KAIST: Dr. In Gwun Jang. 224K AED, 1/5/2013 – 31/12/2013, KU – KAIST
  • Design and Fabrication of a 5-DOF Hybrid Parallel/Serical Kinematics Machine Tool, PI: Dr. Bashar S. El-Khasawneh, Co-PIs: Dr. Anas AlAzzam, Dr. Dongming Gan, 200k AED, 1/1/2013 – 31/12/2013, KUIRF – L1
  • Automation of Composite Manufacturing Processes for Aerospace Structures, PI: Dr. Rehan Umer, Co-PI: Dr. Dongming Gan, 390k AED, 1/1/2013 – 31/12/2014, KUIRF – L1

External Collaborators

  • KAIST
  • MIT
  • King’s College London
  • Queen Mary College London
  • Coimbra University
  • SSSA Italy
  • Kingston University
  • Virginia Tech
  • UTS Sydney

External Sponsors

  • Strata
  • Mubadala
  • EMAAR
  • RTA
  • Earth
  • PAL Robotics

Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge

The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) is an international robotics competition, to be held every two years with total prize and team sponsorship of USD 5 Million.

Robotics has the potential to have an impact that is as transformative as the internet, with robotics technology poised to fuel a broad range of next-generation products and applications in a diverse array of fields.

Robotic competitions in the past few decades have been a catalyst that has accelerated the rate of technological advancements in the field of robotics and autonomous systems. Read more on the competition website

KURI is always looking for motivated and skilled people to join our research team.

Please contact us for details regarding our latest opportunities.

KURI provides a range of undergraduate and graduate academic programs with specialization in robotics:

Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge

The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) is an international robotics competition, to be held every two years with total prize and team sponsorship of USD 5 Million.

Robotics has the potential to have an impact that is as transformative as the internet, with robotics technology poised to fuel a broad range of next-generation products and applications in a diverse array of fields.

Robotic competitions in the past few decades have been a catalyst that has accelerated the rate of technological advancements in the field of robotics and autonomous systems. Read more on the official competition website.