Information Processing for Active CIM Subsystems

Project - CP93-5855

Keywords: sonar information processing, intelligent robots, high performance

Start Date: 1 February 94 / Status: finished / Duration: 36 months

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Objectivies and Approach

The project aims to bring a new approach to sonar information processing by an intelligent robot as a part of computer integrated manufacturing processes.

Processing of sonar information is essential to make the robotics subsystem flexible enough to interact with its environment. The basic task is to define robot orientation in a 3D world, including estimation of robot position using a world model and scene-understanding. Artificial intelligence methods and modern parallel optimisation algorithms will be applied to the task. This implies very high computational complexity, and so high-performance computers and scaleable computer architectures will be used. New, efficient methods using automatic differentiation as well as transputer technology will be utilised.

The project will allow for know-how transfer between the project partners.

Progress and Results

Progress has been done towards optimisation, simulation of ultrasonic range sensors by means of transputer workstations, visualisation and AI methods for CIM based on parallel processing.

Information Dissemination Activities and/or Exploitation

The teams of the consortium have presented results of their work in the series Applied Mathematics and Parallel Computing, Physica-Verlag, Heidelberg, 1996. A collection of papers concerning this project will be published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer-Verlag.


Technische Universität München
Institut für Angewandte Mathematik
und Statistik
Arcisstraße 21
D-80290-München, D

EU Partners

Technische Universtität München, D

Non-EU Partners

Czech Technical University of Prague, CZ


Prof. Dr. Klaus Ritter
Tel: +49 89 289 28 221/ 222
Fax: +49 89 289 28228

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Project - CP93-5855, May 1997

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