UWB sensor networks in airplanes

Modern airplanes are equipped with hundreds of embedded sensors and actuators necessary for structural health monitoring, aircraft control, and passenger and crew assistance. These devices are typically interconnected by wires. Using wireless connections instead of wires improves flexibility of installations and reduces the airplane’s weight. Researchers from Airbus Group Innovations […]

Energy-aware mobile robot exploration

This work presents an approach for energy efficient path planning during autonomous mobile robot exploration. The idea is for a robot to efficiently explore the environment and periodically return to the starting point of the exploration for recharging the battery. The focus is to reduce the overall travel path as […]

Book on power-line communications

The most comprehensive text on power line communications (PLC) is now available. It is a book co-edited by Lutz Lampe, Andrea M. Tonello, and Theo G. Swart. It shows some adjustments from the previous edition in content including new material on PLC for home and industry, PLC for multimedia, PLC […]

Samira Hayat with a minidrone in the lab.

“I never made plans”

Samira Hayat follows a single plan: She wants to be able to focus on the things she really cares about. The electrical engineer from Pakistan talked to ad astra about the research work that is currently most important to her. Samira Hayat is following her calling: She has been a […]

Synchronization with phase rate correction

There is a broad spectrum of work on pulse-coupled oscillators (PCO) to model synchronization phenomena in biology, physics, and other sciences. A prominent example is swarms of fireflies that synchronize their blinking behavior. The beauty of these synchronization phenomena lies in the fact that system-wide synchrony emerges among the participating […]

Awards for Tonello group

Professor Tonello is now chair of an IEEE committee on power line communications. He and his co-authors received two paper awards at the IEEE International Symposium on Power Line Communications.

Self-aware camera networks

Camera networks are now ubiquitous and have applications in security, disaster response, environmental monitoring, and smart environments, among others. Recent technological advances have led to next-generation: real-time, distributed, embedded systems that perform computer vision tasks using multiple cameras. Bernhard Rinner’s research team and partners have proposed a computational framework that […]

Achieving consensus in networks with disturbances

The problem of finding a consensus in a group of people occurs in many social contexts. In a similar way, distributed algorithms for consensus play an important role in networked computing and communication systems if centralized decision making is difficult or impossible. Each entity in such a system processes only […]

Coordinated multi-robot exploration

How can multiple mobile robots may be utilized to explore unknown buildings? Torsten Andre and a team of students developed and implemented software packages for the robot operating system for this purpose.

European project EPiCS successfully completed

The European project “Engineering Proprioception in Computing Systems (EPiCS)” has been successfully completed with the final review meeting in Brussels. leading experts have investigated the design of novel computing systems by means of self-awareness and self-expression — concepts originally developed in psychology.