Wireless Communication Performance Estimation


The intent of this project is to develop methodologies for the estimation of underwater acoustic communication performance in a distributed fashion. The sensing of the agents is represented by anisotropic covariance functions. We employ multicollocated universal cokriging (multivariate Gaussian Process) along with consensus tools to estimate the communication performance with only local information.

Keywords: Communication Performance, Spatial Estimation, Underwater Robotics.

Online Kinodynamic Motion Planning

[TNNLS19] | [ACC19]

The aim of this project is to provide online and safe kinodynamic motion planning algorithms with completely unknown/uncertain dynamics, based on continuous-time Q-learning. We utilize integral reinforcement learning to develop tuning laws for the online approximation of the optimal cost and the optimal policy in continuous-time. We modify motion planning techniques to perform efficient online local re-planning by employing topological connectedness tools.

Keywords: Motion Planning, Reinforcement Learning, Optimal Control, Game Theory.

Anthropomorphic Robot Hands


This research project contributes to the development of a new class of anthropomorphic, adaptive robot hands. The robot hands can operate in unstructured environments and can achieve various grasping and in-hand manipulation actions, with only 4 actuators in a synergistic fashion. The design is optimized according to the human hand characteristics that are based on anthropometric studies and medical tests. The fabrication procedure consists of 3D printing and deposition manufacturing techniques.

Keywords: Adaptive Robot Hands, Compliant Mechanisms, Dexterous Manipulation.

Prosthetic Hands

[IROS15] | [THESIS16]

This research project focuses on the design and development of anthropomorphic, underactuated, personalized robot hands of low cost and weight. Elastic joints were selected in order to introduce passive compliance in the hand's structure, to simplify the control problem and to perform robust grasping in unstructured environments. We use a single actuator with a novel selectively differential mechanism to facilitate the execution of different grasping postures and gestures. The proposed design is parametric and allows the replication of personalized, anthropomorphic prosthetic hands. The fabrication procedure consists of laser cutting and 3D printing techniques.

Keywords: Prosthesis design, Underactuation, Differential Mechanisms.