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Keynote Speakers of ISCMI2019

Dr. Edward Tunstel
United Technologies Research Center (UTRC)
IEEE Fellow; President of IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society


Dr. Edward Tunstel is an Associate Director of Robotics and Robotics Group Leader in the Autonomous & Intelligent Systems United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). He joined UTRC in 2017 after 10 years at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory where he served as a senior roboticist in its research department and Intelligent Systems Center, and as space robotics & autonomous control lead in its space department. Prior to APL he was with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 18 years, where he was a senior robotics engineer and group leader of its Advanced Robotic Controls Group. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Tunstel maintains expertise in robotics and intelligent systems with current research interests in mobile robot navigation, autonomous control, cooperative robotics, robotic systems engineering, and soft computing applications to autonomous systems. He has authored over 150 technical publications and co-edited four books in these areas. At JPL, he worked on the NASA Mars Exploration Rovers mission as both a flight systems engineer responsible for autonomous rover navigation, and as rover engineering team lead for the mobility and robotic arm subsystems. He was involved in the daily performance assessment, planning, and operations of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers during their first four years on Mars and in early stages of the later Curiosity Mars rover design. At APL he was recently engaged in modular open systems development efforts supporting advanced explosive ordnance disposal robotic systems programs, as well as robotics and autonomy research for future national security and space applications. At UTRC, he is now additionally engaged in human-collaborative robotics enabling applications relevant to businesses spanning the aerospace and building industries, including manufacturing.
Dr. Tunstel is a Fellow of the IEEE and President of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (2018-2019). He is also a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, NSBE Professionals, and AIAA. He serves on editorial boards of several international engineering journals and interacts with academia through research collaborations, as graduate student co-advisor, and as a member of several master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation committees. Recent recognition of his accomplishments include the Lifetime Achievement in Aerospace Award from the NSBE Professionals’ Space Special Interest Group and an Honorary Professor Award from Obuda University in Budapest, Hungary in 2018.
 

Speech Title: Soft Computing for Autonomous Robot Navigation Systems
 

Abstract: Autonomy for navigation of robotic systems can be facilitated by distributing control and decision-making among a collection of relatively simple computational units. Such an approach requires that decision mechanisms be chosen to ensure goal-oriented interaction between such units. Using soft computing techniques, the computational units and decision mechanisms can be formulated to embed intelligent robot behavior supporting autonomous navigation and means for adaptive modulated behavior in response a robot's perceived environment. An architecture employing such techniques within hierarchical control structures of subsystems comprised of fuzzy logic controllers and knowledge-based decision systems has proven effective in a number of autonomous navigation systems. This talk presents the underlying approach with focus on its utility for autonomous navigation of mobile robots employing simple modulated behaviors. Effects of exploiting the flexibility inherent in its structure and in its decision mechanisms are discussed including the exhibition of behavioral interaction dynamics similar to those observed in natural intelligent systems. Applications of the approach to various types of mobile robotic systems are highlighted, including related soft computing applications to safe guidance for robotic landing systems and to robotic teleoperation of mobility systems.
 

Prof. Babu Sena Paul
Director, Institute of Intelligent Systems, University of Johannesburg,
Republic of South Africa


Prof. Babu Sena Paul received his B.Tech and M.Tech degree in Radio physics and Electronics from the University of Calcutta, India. He worked as supporting engineer at Philips India Ltd from 1999-2000. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. He has attended and published over sixty research papers in international and national conferences, symposiums and peer reviewed journals. His research interests are in the area of Cyber Physical Systems, Wireless communication, channel modeling, MIMO systems, relay based communication, mobile-to-mobile communication, Machine Learning, Data Analysis etc. He has successfully supervised several postgraduate students and post-doctoral research fellows. He joined the University of Johannesburg in 2010. He has served as the Head of the Department at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology, University of Johannesburg from 2015 to March 2018. He is the currently serving as the Director of the Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Johannesburg.

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