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Distributed Robotics

Robotics Journal Club - Summer and Fall 2004 Archives

Organizer: Daniela Rus

Mailing List: robotics-journal-club at csail dot mit dot edu

Starting on June 8th, 2004, we meet on Tuesdays at 1pm in 32-346 to read robotics papers.

suggested reading list          current journal club page

December 14, 2004    Localization in Sensor Networks
A. Savvides, Ch.-Ch. Han and M.B. Strivastava (2001) Dynamic Fine-Grained Localization in Ad-Hoc Networks of Sensors, in ACM SIGMOBILE  local pdf
Nana Dankwa (2004) An Evaluation of Transmit Power Levels for Node Localization on the Mica2 Sensor Node, EE Senior Project Report, Yale University local pdf    

Presenter: Keith Kotay

November 30, 2004    NOTE: in room 32-D507 on this date only
I-Ming Chen, Hsi-Shang Li, and Arnaud Cathala (2003) "Mechatronic Design and Locomotion of Ameobot - A Metamorphic Underwater Vehicle", in Journal of Robotic Systems 20(6), pp.307-314 local pdf   

Prof. Chen will attend this meeting and give a talk about his research. 

November 23, 2004
Shady: a personal robotic shade. Brainstorming session for the design of the robot Shady, to be built during January 2005.   

Presenter: Carrick Detweiler

November 16, 2004 Modular Robotics at IROS 2004, part 2
A.Ishiguro, M.Shimizu and T.Kawakatsu. Don't try to control everything!: an emergent morphology control of a modular robot. local pdf
A.Kamimura, H.Korokawa, E.Yoshida, K.Tomita, S.Kokaji and S.Murata. Distributed Adaptive Locomotion by a Modular Robotic System, M-TRAN II. local pdf

Presenter: Paulina Varshavskaya

November 9, 2004  
We continue the discussion from last week. Please send two ideas on how to apply Wang and Slotine's results to modular robotics or sensor networks to paulina at csail.mit.edu.  

Presenter: Jon Bredin. The authors are attending this meeting!

November 2, 2004 Time change: 12:30pm
Wei Wang and Jean-Jacques E. Slotine. On Partial Contraction Analysis for Coupled Nonlinear Oscillators. Biological Cybernetics, To Be Published. local pdf
Related work (optional reading):
Wei Wang and Jean-Jacques E. Slotine. A Theoretical Study of Different Leader Roles in Networks. Submitted 2004. local pdf
Jean-Jacques E. Slotine, Wei Wang, and Khalid El Rifai. Contraction analysis of synchronization in networks of nonlinearly coupled oscillators. Sixteenth International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems, Belgium, 2004. local pdf

Presenter: Jon Bredin. The authors are attending this meeting!

October 26, 2004 

Practice talk on Localization in sensor networks.

Presenter: David Moore

October 19, 2004 More IROS 2004 Papers
A. Hanai, K. Rosa, S.K. Choi and J. Yuh. Experimental Analysis and Implementation of Redundant Thrusters for Underwater Robots. local pdf
V. Isler, S. Kannan and K. Daniilidis. Sampling Based Sensor-Network Deployment. local pdf
J. Sitte and P. Winzer. Mastering complexity in robot design. local pdf

Presenter: Keith Kotay

October 12, 2004 Modular Robotics at IROS 2004
K.Stoy and R.Nagpal, Self-repair through scale-independent self-reconfiguration. local pdf
M.W.Jorgensen, E.H.Ostergaard and H.H.Lund. Modular ATRON: modules for a self-reconfigurable robot. local pdf

Presenter: Keith Kotay

September 14, 2004 NO MEETING
Instead, we are hosting talks this week by Erik Winfree, Satoshi Murata and Ken Goldberg. Details soon.

August 3, 2004
Bill Butera speaks on his work in paintable computing.
Relevant reading: W.J.Butera. Programming a Paintable Computer. Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT 2002. pdf
Condensed but complete summary:
All of chapter 1 (Introduction).
The first 5 pages of chapter 2 (cost advantage of miniature die).
The summaries at the end of chapters 3, 4, and 5.
The discussion section on pages 136-139.
The future work section on pages 156-161.

July 20, 2004 -- TIME AND ROOM CHANGE: 3pm in room 379
Andrew Ng, Adam Coates, Mark Diel, Varun Ganapathi, Jamie Schulte, Ben Tse, Eric Berger and Eric Liang. Autonomous inverted helicopter flight via reinforcement learning. International Symposium on Experimental Robotics 2004. pdf
Video
Optional: Ng and Jordan, PEGASUS. pdf

Presenter: Paulina Varshavskaya

July 13, 2004
Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay, Yuanping Li, Marcelo Ang, David Hsu. Stealth Tracking of an Unpredictable Target among Obstacles. WAFR 2004. local pdf  I couldn't find a link, if you have one, please send.

Presenter: Marty Vona

July 6, 2004    Underwater Robotics papers: (these are descriptive and easy to read)
Whitcomb, Yoerger, and Singh. Combined Doppler/LBL Based Navigation of Underwater Vehicles. pdf
Singh, Bowen, Hover, LeBas, and Yoerger. Intelligent Docking for an Autonomous Ocean Sampling Network. pdf
Bellingham, Bales, Atwood, Chryssostomidis, Consi, and Goudey. Demonstration of a High-Performance, Low-Cost Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. pdf
Whitcomb and Yoerger. Preliminary Experiments in the Model-Based Dynamic Control of Marine Thrusters. ps
Leonard, Bennett, Smith, and Feder. Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Navigation. pdf

For reference:

Whitcomb, Yoerger, Singh, and Howland. Advances in Underwared Robot Vehicles for Deep Ocean Exploration: Navigation, Control, and Survey Operations. pdf
Whitcomb, Yoerger, Singh, and Mindell. Towards Precision Robotic Maneuvering, Survey, and Manipulation in Unstructured Undersea Environments. pdf

Presenter: Iuliu Vasilescu

June 29, 2004
Kohji Tomita, Haruhisa Kurokawa, and Satoshi Murata, Graph automata: natural expression of self-reproduction, in Physica D 171 (2002). pdf at science direct.

Presenter: Iuliu Vasilescu

June 22nd, 2004
Practice RQE talk: Learning distributed control for modular robots.

Presenter: Paulina Varshavskaya

June 15th, 2004
Jean-Jacques E. Slotine, Wei Wang, and Khalid El Rifai, Contraction analysis of synchronization in networks of nonlinearly coupled oscillators, Sixteenth International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems, 2004 pdf

Presenter: Jon Bredin

June 8th, 2004
Eric Klavins, Robert Ghrist and David Lipsky, Graph Grammars for Self Assembling Robotic Systems, ICRA 2004. pdf

Presenter: Paulina Varshavskaya

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