Organisation: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Address: Carrer de les Sitges, Campus UAB, Escola d’Enginyeria, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
Contact: Dr. Lluís Ribas‐Xirgo (Tel: +34‐935811078, Lluis.Ribas(at)uab.cat)
- A. Josep Velasco‐González (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
- Pragna Das (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
- Jonatan Trullàs‐Ledesma (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
The members of the research group on Software/Hardware Agent‐based Distributed Embedded Systems (SHADES) are with the Microelectronics and Electronic Systems Department of the Universitat Autònoma deBarcelona. The team includes two professors and two PhD students. The expertise of the team ranges from embedded controllers to agent‐based supervisory control systems. The professors have been very active in this area, which includes hardware and embedded software for application‐specific devices and robots, robot and robot system controllers, and multi‐agent systems. One of the PhD students has also been involved into transferring agent‐based system technology into SME manufacturing plants. In the last years, with former PhD students, the group has intensively worked towards an effective design methodology to cope with the increasingly stringent requirements and ever‐growing complexity of flexible manufacturing systems and the like.
The SHADES group has produced a number of system simulators and real robot controllers to be used in different application‐specific multi‐robot system development frameworks. The last created design environment uses agent‐based model simulation to directly control a multi‐robot system, such as the ones in manufacturing plants and warehouses. This strategy enables designers to rapidly move from functional simulation of the system to prototype testing and deployment, as only a part of the system software has to be embedded into real robots. The controller is provided with a middleware that keeps simulation running synchronized with reality and has been tested with cases that dealt with the internal transportation aspect of automated laboratories and manufacturing plants.
We are now preparing a scale prototype of a multi‐robot system for transportation in flexible manufacturing systems where robots move around without any active external support. It will be used to test adaptive system model parameter identification and collaborative path planning methods, which will be the theses of the two PhD candidates in the group. Also we have developed an agent‐based model of a flexible manufacturing system operated with a KUKA youBot that can autonomously move around variable shopfloors and perform pick‐and‐place operations, as well as a physical simulation of it.
The following YouTube playlist contains some of the videos about our work on the field: YouTube Playlist
For a list of publications, you can see http://shades.uab.cat/pubs.htm