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Robotics navigation algorithms to solve the SLAM problem

Prof. Edison Pignaton de Freitas
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul


Prof. Sen Cheng
Computational Neuroscience

Edison Pignaton de Freitas was born in Miguel Pereira, Brazil, in 1979. He has a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Halmstad University in Sweden, 2011, in the area of wireless sensor networks (WSN). His dissertation proposed biological inspired algorithms to support efficient routing mechanisms in WSN composed of static and mobile nodes. He has also holds a Licentiate Degree of Engineering within the subject Computer Science from Örebro University, Sweden, 2010, a MSc in Computer Science by Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, in 2007 and a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering by Military Institute of Engineering, Brazil, 2003. During 2001-2002 he participated in an interchange program for Engineering students between Brazil and France, studying at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Toulouse, holding a scholarship from National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) of the Brazilian Government.

He has published more than 60 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, as well as about 10 book chapters and one book. He also provided invited talks and key note speeches in international conferences, such as International Congress on Ultra-Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems (ICUMT'12) and Disaster Management Systems Workshop at CeBIT 2012. He has active research contacts around the world, from which those in Germany and in Sweden are highlighted, besides actively participating in international research consortiums, such as the IEEE Autonomous Robotics (AuR) Ontology Working Group.

Currently he holds an associate professor position at UFRGS in Brazil, having previously worked as Computer Engineer and Researcher at the Brazilian Army from 2004 to 2013, acting in several areas, such as tactical edge networks and aerospace defense projects. During his stay in France, from 2001 to 2002, he performed an internship at AIRBUS Central Entity in the Systems Department, working in the specification of avionics systems of the A380 airplane project. He has research interests in several research areas of computer science and engineering, with highlight to Real Time Systems, Ad Hoc Networks, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Biologically Inspired Computing and Autonomous Robotics.

This project is a collaboration between Prof. Dr Edison Pignaton de Freitas, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil and Prof. Dr Sen Cheng, Ruhr University Bochum (RUB).

Our main goal is to evolve robotics navigation algorithms to solve the Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM) problem. We call this biologically inspired approach Biomorphic SLAM. We will harvest our insights from animal navigation to improve robotics navigation and use robotics to test our models. As a long-term goal, the idea is to further explore the developed approach in multi-robotic systems to solve the cooperative-SLAM problem, which is more challenging than the ordinary SLAM and potentially benefits even more from the proposed biologically inspired approach.