Tue, 10/23/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Please join us for a special RIM seminar, featuring Cédric Pradalier from Georgia Tech-Lorraine, on Tuesday, October 23rd. The seminar will be held at 12 noon in MiRC 102 A+B (791 Atlantic Dr.) Lunch will be provided!
Data-driven Robotics for Environment Assessment and Mapping
This talk will present results from my research projects at the Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH Zürich and follow on to my research objectives for GTL Robotics. I will start with a general overview of my background and ongoing robotics projects with a focus on autonomous systems and field robotics. I will then move on to two specific projects: the development of navigation capabilities for pipe inspection robots and the development of a robotic system for the monitoring of algal blooms in fresh-water bodies. This will lead to my first objective for GTL Robotics: the monitoring and mapping of environments with changes happening over a wide spectrum of temporal scale. A particular instantiation of this concept will be the monitoring of the shores of small water-bodies using an utonomous Surface Vessel. I will conclude this talk with the presentation of two PhD topics that could start early in 2013.
Cédric Pradalier will start as a full-time professor at Georgia Tech Lorraine in January 2013 with the objective to develop robotics at GTL in collaboration with CNRS on the French side and RIM at Georgia Tech. Since November 2007, C. Pradalier has been deputy director at the Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH Zürich. He is the technical coordinator of the V-Charge project (IP, 2010-2014) and is also involved in the development of innovative robotic platforms such as autonomous boats for environment monitoring or prototype space rovers funded by the European Space Agency. He is a founding member of the ETH start-up Skybotix, within which he has been responsible for software development and integration. From 2004 to 2007, C. Pradalier was a research scientist at CSIRO, Australia. He was then involved in the development of software for autonomous large industrial robots and an autonomous underwater vehicle for the monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. He received his PhD in 2004 from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (INPG) on the topic of autonomous navigation of a small urban mobility systems and he is Ingénieur from the National Engineering School for Computer Science and Applied Math in Grenoble (ENSIMAG).