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Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE

Issue 3 • Date Sept. 2012

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): C1
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  • [Table of contents]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 1 - 2
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  • [Staff listing]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 2
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  • Farewells and Welcomes [From the Editor's Desk]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 4
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  • Global Perspective [President's Message]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 6 - 8
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  • DARPA Entices Roboticists to Take the Next Step [News and Views]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 9 - 10
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  • ICRA Robot Challenge [Competitions]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 12 - 13
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  • Milestones: First ROScon and OSRF [ROS Topics]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 14 - 15
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  • Recent Activities of the Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics Technical Committee [TC Spotlight]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 16 - 18
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  • Aerial Robotics and the Quadrotor [From the Guest Editors]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 19
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  • Multirotor Aerial Vehicles: Modeling, Estimation, and Control of Quadrotor

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 20 - 32
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    This article provides a tutorial introduction to modeling, estimation, and control for multirotor aerial vehicles that includes the common four-rotor or quadrotor case. View full abstract»

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  • Build Your Own Quadrotor: Open-Source Projects on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 33 - 45
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    This article presents a survey on publicly available open-source projects (OSPs) on quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Recently, there has been increasing interest in quadrotor UAVs. Exciting videos have been published on the Internet by many research groups and have attracted much attention from the public [1][7]. Relatively simple structures of quadrotors has promoted interest from academia, UAV industries, and radio-control (RC) hobbyists alike. Unlike conventional helicopters, swashplates, which are prone to failure without constant maintenance, are not required. Furthermore, the diameter of individual rotors can be reduced as a result of the presence of four actuators [8]. View full abstract»

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  • Toward a Fully Autonomous UAV: Research Platform for Indoor and Outdoor Urban Search and Rescue

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 46 - 56
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    Urban search and rescue missions raise special requirements on robotic systems. Small aerial systems provide essential support to human task forces in situation assessment and surveillance. As external infrastructure for navigation and communication is usually not available, robotic systems must be able to operate autonomously. A limited payload of small aerial systems poses a great challenge to the system design. The optimal tradeoff between flight performance, sensors, and computing resources has to be found. Communication to external computers cannot be guaranteed; therefore, all processing and decision making has to be done on board. In this article, we present an unmanned aircraft system design fulfilling these requirements. The components of our system are structured into groups to encapsulate their functionality and interfaces. We use both laser and stereo vision odometry to enable seamless indoor and outdoor navigation. The odometry is fused with an inertial measurement unit in an extended Kalman filter. Navigation is supported by a module that recognizes known objects in the environment. A distributed computation approach is adopted to address the computational requirements of the used algorithms. The capabilities of the system are validated in flight experiments, using a quadrotor. View full abstract»

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  • Shared Control : Balancing Autonomy and Human Assistance with a Group of Quadrotor UAVs

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 57 - 68
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    Robustness and flexibility constitute the main advantages of multiple-robot systems with respect to single-robot ones as per the recent literature. The use of multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) combines these benefits with the agility and pervasiveness of aerial platforms [1], [2]. The degree of autonomy of the multi-UAV system should be tuned according to the specificities of the situation under consideration. For regular missions, fully autonomous UAV systems are often appropriate, but, in general, the use of semiautonomous groups of UAVs, supervised or partially controlled by one or more human operators, is the only viable solution to deal with the complexity and unpredictability of real-world scenarios as in, e.g., the case of search and rescue missions or exploration of large/cluttered environments [3]. In addition, the human presence is also mandatory for taking the responsibility of critical decisions in high-risk situations [4]. View full abstract»

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  • Agile Load Transportation : Safe and Efficient Load Manipulation with Aerial Robots

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 69 - 79
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    In the past few decades, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become promising mobile platforms capable of navigating semiautonomously or autonomously in uncertain environments. The level of autonomy and the flexible technology of these flying robots have rapidly evolved, making it possible to coordinate teams of UAVs in a wide spectrum of tasks. These applications include search and rescue missions; disaster relief operations, such as forest fires [1]; and environmental monitoring and surveillance. In some of these tasks, UAVs work in coordination with other robots, as in robot-assisted inspection at sea [2]. Recently, radio-controlled UAVs carrying radiation sensors and video cameras were used to monitor, diagnose, and evaluate the situation at Japans Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant facility [3]. View full abstract»

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  • Tutorial: Point Cloud Library: Three-Dimensional Object Recognition and 6 DOF Pose Estimation

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 80 - 91
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    With the advent of new-generation depth sensors, the use of three-dimensional (3-D) data is becoming increasingly popular. As these sensors are commodity hardware and sold at low cost, a rapidly growing group of people can acquire 3- D data cheaply and in real time. View full abstract»

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  • Guidance of Unmanned Surface Vehicles: Experiments in Vehicle Following

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 92 - 102
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    Virtual target-based path-following techniques are extended to execute the task of vehicle following in the case of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). Indeed, vehicle following is reduced to the problem of tracking a virtual target moving at a desired range from a master vessel, while separating the spatial and temporal constraints, giving priority to the former one. The proposed approach is validated experimentally in a harbor area with the help of the prototype USVs ALANIS and Charlie, developed by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-Istituto di Studi sui Sistemi Intelligenti per lAutomazione (CNR-ISSIA). View full abstract»

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  • 2013 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 103
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  • Innovation for Tomorrow's Needs: Student Activities and Creativity at ICRA 2012 [Student's Corner]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 104 - 105
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  • RAS Celebrations and Award Winners [Society News]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 106 - 112
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  • George Charles Devol, Jr. [History]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 114 - 119
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    George Charles Devol, Jr., opened his first manufacturing company when he was just 19 years old, in the depths of the Great Depression. It was the first step in a lifelong commitment to transforming factory efficiency and safety. With his revolutionary concept of universal automationUnimation he cofounded the first and largest robotics company in the world. He held 36 patents, including the first industrial robot. Sadly, he passed away in August 2011 at the age of 99. Earlier that year, he agreed to this, his final interview. He was robust, living independently in his own home, and driving his own car; his recall of his career and life was complete and precise. He generously gave access to his private photo and document archive, and the photographs included here are his. All visualizations of patent data are based on information gathered from U.S. Patent and Trade Office records and Google Patents. View full abstract»

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  • Growing Around the Globe [Women in Engineering]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 120 - 122
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  • IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 121
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  • Student Reviewer Program [Student's Corner]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 122
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  • [Calendar]

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 126
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Aims & Scope

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine is a unique technology publication which is peer-reviewed, readable and substantive.  The Magazine is a forum for articles which fall between the academic and theoretical orientation of scholarly journals and vendor sponsored trade publications.

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Meet Our Editors

Editor-in-Chief
Eugenio Guglielmelli
Laboratory of Biomedical Robotics
      and Biomicrosystems
Universita' Campus Bio-Medico
      di Roma