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University of Salento

Engineering for Innovation

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via Arnesano
73100
Lecce
Italy
+39 0832297814
giulio.reina@unisalento.it
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51-250

 

Contact person

Dr Giulio Reina (Assistant professor)

Field of Activity


6. INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
» Intelligence systems
» Artificial intelligence/robotics
» Software, Data Processing

Core competencies

The research at the University of Salento focuses on understanding the fundamental physical
phenomena underlying robot-environment interaction, and developing models, and sensing
techniques that allow mobile robotic systems to operate effectively and robustly in complex,
unstructured (i.e., outdoor, poorly characterized) environments. An underlying theme of this
research is a reliance on physics-based analysis. That is, physical models of the mechanisms
governing robot-environment interaction are studied, then, techniques from control and
estimation theory are employed to develop robust sensing and control methods. The research
attempts to develop models and algorithms that can be broadly applied, however rigorous
experimental analysis and demonstration in a few important problem domains have been also
emphasized. These include planetary surface exploration, agricultural robotics, and passenger
vehicle technology. Specifically, on-line terrain characterization and traversability assessment was
extensively researched for planetary exploration rovers aiming to extract scientific data from
normal robot operations and enhance mobility and efficiency. Novel methods to detect and
compensate for wheel slippage and sinkage were also developed to improve the accuracy of
odometric localization systems, based on terramechanics models through collaborations with the
Space Robotics Laboratory of the Tohoku University, Japan, the Mobile Robotics Laboratory of the
University of Michigan, USA, and the Australian Center for Field Robotics at the University of
Sydney, Australia. A robotic manipulator for the automatic harvesting of vegetables was also
designed and built in a joint research project with the Politecnico of Bari, Italy. The University of
Salento is currently involved in the FP7-funded project: Ambient Awareness for Autonomous
Agricultural Vehicles (QUAD-AV), toward the development of a driverless tractor based on the use
of a trinocular stereovision system.

H2020 Research Focus


RTD Experience

 Project CoordinatorProject PartnerProject Acronyms
FP7/H2020-ICTAmbient Awareness for Autonomous Agricultural Vehicles
(QUAD-AV)


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2012-07-20 / 2012-07-31