Section: Other Grants and Activities
Safe_NECS is an « Action de Recherche Amont - Sécurité, Systèmes embarqués et Intelligence Ambiante » funded by the ANR and started in December 2005 http://safe-necs.cran.uhp-nancy.fr/ . The research topic is fault tolerant control of distributed process and the project focuses on both diagnosis and robust control under execution resources constraints. It gathers teams from Cran and Loria (Nancy), Laas (Toulouse), and Gipsa-lab and NeCS (Grenoble). The project finished in September 2009 with the edition of a book to appear in 2010  .
ANR PsiRob CONNECT
The CONNECT proposal (CONtrol of NEtworked Cooperative sysTems) deals with the problem of controlling multi-agent systems, i.e. systems composed of several sub-systems interconnected between them by an heterogeneous communication network. The control of a cluster of agents composed of autonomous underwater vehicles, marine surface vessels, and possibly aerial drones will be used as a support example all along the proposal. The partners are the NeCS team, I fremer robotics lab. and the R OBOSOFT and P rolexia companies. It started for 3 years in May 2007 (http://www.lag.ensieg.inpg.fr/connect/ ).
C. Canudas de Wit, in collaboration with Violaine Cahouët (from the biomechanical team of GIPSA-Lab). A new project named VOLHAND fund by the ANR has been started in Oct 2009. The project aims at developing a new generation of Electrical power-assisted steering specifically designed for disabled and aged people. Our contribution is to work out new assisted laws that accomodate to the specific mechanical characteristics of this particular driver population. The consortium is composed by: LAMIH, CHRU, Fondation Hopale, GIPSA-Lab, INRETS and JTEKT. This project is in collaboration with the biomechanical team of GIPSA-Lab.
Collaborations inside Inria
The development of Orccad raises collaborations between NeCS , Sardes and Sed . Support about its use is provided to the TRIO team at Nancy in the framework of the SafeNecs project.
Cooperations with other laboratories
Long term collaboration does exist with the University of Sevilla along several different topics including: coding and control co-design, Power control in NCS, energy-aware control in SoC, and control of CD and AC converters. Scientific collaborations inside the IST FeedNetBack project have been initialized with ETH Zurich and University of Sevilla about the integration of control and scheduling on distributed architectures, in particular focusing on the robustness and predictive control point of views. The ANR SafeNecs project provided support and collaboration along the three past years with teams from both the computing side (LORIA Trio team about control and (m,k)-firm scheduling) and from the fault tolerant control side (CRAN Nancy and Gipsa-lab, about the integration of real-time control, diagnosis and flexible scheduling).
Carlos Canudas-de-Wit has collaborations with University of Sevilla ( F. Gomez-Estern, F. R. Rubio, F. Gordillo, J. Aracil), University of New Mexico ( C.T. Abdallah), and Lund Control system department (K.J. Astrom)
A. Seuret has collaborations with LAGIS (J.-P. Richard), Leicester University (C. Edwards), University of Kent (S.K. Spurgeon), Tel Aviv University (E. Fridman), UFRGS (J.M. Gomes da Silva Jr.), with KTH (K.H. Johansson), MIT (D.V. Dimarogonas)
C. Siclet has collaborations with L. Ros, C. Baras and J-M. Brossier at Gipsa-lab, and with P. Siohan at Orange Lab in Rennes.
A. Kibangou has collaborations with I3S (G. Favier), Universidade Federal do Ceara (A.L.F. de Almeida), and ENIG (K. Abderrahim).
Strong collaborations have been established with KTK (Stockolm), ETH (Zurich), University of Sevilla and Padova as core partners of the FeedNetBack European project.