Team, Visitors, External Collaborators
Overall Objectives
Research Program
Application Domains
New Software and Platforms
New Results
Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry
Partnerships and Cooperations
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Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

National Initiatives

ANR Platinum (14-19)

The ANR Platinum (ended in november 2019), led locally by P. Rives, aims to develop methods and algorithms to map an urban environment, enrich it and automatically update it using visual sensors that communicate and are embedded by system users. The consortium is made of 4 academic partners: LITIS, Le2I (VIBOT), Inria-LAGADIC (CHORALE) et IGN-MATIS. One Phd (Mohammed Boussaha) is working on semantization of urban scenes.

ANR Mobi-Deep (17-22)

The ANR MOBI-Deep project, led locally by P. Rives (then P. Martinet since December 2019) aims to develop technologies that enable (or help) autonomous navigation in open and unknown environments using low-cost sensors such as digital cameras. The consortium is made of 2 academic partners: GREYC, Inria-LAGADIC (CHORALE), one association INJA and 3 industrial partners SAFRAN, SAFRAN Electronic & Defence and NAVOCAP. Philippe Martinet took the coordination of the project in December 2019. One master student (Wanting Jin) has worked (6 months) on proactive navigation, and one post-doc (Renato Martins) has been recruted in April 2019 for two years to work on End to End deep learning navigation.

ANR CLARA (19-22)

The ANR CLARA project, led and coordinated by G. Allibert, is focused in autonomous navigation of an aerial drone, equipped with 360-degree cameras, evolving in a forest to provide 3D mapping using deep learning techniques. The consortium is made of 3 academic partners: I3S/Inria CHORALE, LITIS, ViBot. One PhD student (Ihab Mohamed) is working on autonomous navigation using MPPI technics and one master (Haozhou Zhang) has investigated Optical Flow Estimation in Spherical Images.

Collaboration with LS2N-ARMEN

Philippe Martinet as a strong collaboration with the ARMEN team at LS2N. This mainly concerns autonomous parking maneuvers (with Olivier Kermorgant and Salvador Dominguez; we had a phd student), platoon control and observers (with Olivier Kermorgant and Salvador Dominguez; we had 1 post-doc), high speed visual servoing (with Olivier Kermorgant; we have one phd student), collaborative SLAM (with Olivier Kermorgant; we had one phd student), and Control based design (Sébastien Briot; we had one phd student and have one postdoc). These collaborations are mainly funded by ANR projects (initialized and/or prepared when I was in Nantes).

ANR Valet (15-19)

The ANR VALET (coordinated by F. Nashashibi from Inria RITS) proposes the development of an automatic redistribution system for sharing vehicles in urban environments. The principle is based on the creation of automated vehicle platoons guided by manually driven vehicles. The collected vehicles are transported to a charging centre or to a car park; here, each vehicle is assigned a parking space to which it must go and then in which it must park fully autonomously. Throughout the movement of platoons and vehicles, they must interact with other road users, including vehicle-type obstacles and pedestrians. The consortium is made of 2 academic partners: Inria (RITS, Chroma, Prima) and Ircyyn (LS2N) Ecole Centrale de Nantes and the AKKA company. One phD student (David Perez Morales) has worked on autonomous parking. One post doc (Ahmed Khalifa) has worked on observer and control design for platoon applications. CHORALE is working inside Hianic via the collaboration with ARMEN.

ANR Hianic (18-21)

The HIANIC project (coordinated by A. Spalanzani from Inria CHROMA) proposes to endow autonomous vehicles with smart behaviors (cooperation, negotiation, socially acceptable movements) that better suit complex shared space situations. It integrates models of human behaviors (pedestrian, crowds and passengers), social rules, as well as smart navigation strategies that will manage interdependent behaviors of road users and of cybercars. The consortium is made of 3 academic partners: Inria (RITS, Chroma, Pervasive Interaction teams), Lig Laboratory (Magma team) and LS2N laboratory (ARMEN and PACCE teams). CHORALE is working inside Hianic via the collaboration with CHROMA and ARMEN. One phd student (Maria Kabtoul) is working on proactive navigation of a vehicle among the crowd.

ANR SESAME (19-22)

The ANR SESAME (coordinated by S. Briot from LS2N ARMEN) aims to study singularities and stability of sensor-based controllers The consortium is made of 3 academic partners: LS2N (ARMEN and OGRE), Inria (RAINBOW), LIP6 (POLSYS). One master student (John Thomas) has worked on the design of controller based on the concept of hidden robot. One post doc (Abhilash Nayak) is working of the determination of singularities. CHORALE is working inside SESAME via the collaboration with ARMEN.

Collaboration with VIBOT

Guillaume Allibert has a strong collaboration with Pr Cédric Demonceaux from the ERL VIBOT. This mainly concerns activities around perception for robotics. Specifically, we are interested in how to integrate model-based knowledge into deep learning approaches. Two Master students have been involved in 2019: Haozhou Zhang (Optical Flow Estimation In Spherical Images) and Yanis Marchand (New Convolution for Spherical Images Using Depth Information).

Collaboration with RAINBOW Inria Team

Paolo Salaris has a strong collaboration with the RAINBOW Inria team about the research field on active sensing control for robotic platforms where the objective is to determine the robot trajectories that maximise the amount of information coming from sensors. In this activity was involved 1 PostDoc (2017-2019) and recently 1 Master student. This collaboration gave raise to 1 journal and 3 conference papers (one of them under review in the procedeeing of ICRA 2020).