On Thursday, February 28, 2013 we said good bye to our recent colleague and a new friend - Dr. Levent Ucun from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. Levent left Prague for Istanbul after a six-month visiting positiion at our group. Levent not only helped us make a significant progress with application of advanced techniques for modeling and compensation of friction in our low-velocity motion control application, but he also contributed a lot to a good mood at our lab. Good luck with your next career and life, Levent. Keep in touch!
Our graduate student Jakub Drs was awarded a prestigious prize for the best students of Prague universities by Hlávka Foundation. He was nominated for his final-year undegraduate project supervised by Jiri Zemanek. Within his project he joined the team of other students in preparation of our participation at the international 2012 NIST Mobile Microrobotics Challenge.
Otakar Šprdlík has just defended his thesis on "Detection and Estimation of Human Movement Using Inertial Sensors: Applications in Neurology". His supervisor was Dr. Zdeněk Hurák. The three reviewers - Prof. Peter Veltink (University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands), Prof.
Tuesday, October 2, Zdeněk Hurák and Jiří Zemánek visited the top reserchers in the field of electrokinetics at the University of Southampton, namely Prof. Hywel Morgan and Prof. Nicolas Green, and presented their work to them and their colleagues and students through a lecture on "Distributed parallel (micro)manipulation by shaping force fields: algorithms and experiments with dielectrophoresis".
The paper authored by Zdeněk Hurák and Martin Řezáč deals with adaptation of visual servoing concepts to an inertially stabilized double-gimbal platform. The paper will appear in the September issue. Online version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TCST.2011.2164541.
The ranking of the AA4CC team at 2012 NIST Mobile Microrobotics Challenge mentioned on the popular technet.idnes.cz site: http://technet.idnes.cz/roboti-bezpilotni-letadla-dcm-/tec_technika.aspx....
The 2012 ACC conference was held June 27 through 29 in Montréal, Canada. Jiří and Zdeněk actively participated with their joint paper on ""Feedback linearization approach to distributed feedback manipulation." Jiří was awarded the "Best presentation in a section" minor award.
They will work on their projects till the beginning of the next semestr, that is, in total about 2 and a half months. Their progress will be documented on personal blogs. Namely
One of graduate students who just started collaborating with our group - Josef Muller - has grasped the opportunity that we arranged for our students and he will spend three months in the summer 2012 as an intern at LMS International in historical city of Leuven, close to Brussels, Belgium. Josef will work on several issues related to state estimation in automotive systems and/or flexible structures.
On Thursday, June 7, three graduate students from AA4CC group - Dan Martinec, Jan Salášek and Ondřej Mikulín - successfully defended their theses and passed the final state exams. Dan was graded A both for the defense and the exam and earned the "summa cum laude" degree. Jan was graded A for the defense and B for the exam. Ondřej earned A for the defense and B for the exam. Congratulations to all the three excellent students!
AA4CC group offers several summer research internship positions for students. The direct link to the list of offered projects is http://aa4cc.dce.fel.cvut.cz/content/open-positions. The description of most topics is currently only available in Czech, sorry. But do not hesitate to contact us to get some more details. The interested students should contact Zdeněk Hurák by email by Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Congratulations to Dr. Tomáš Haniš! The defense of his thesis on "Active control for high capacity flexible aircraft" was attended by many members of the department and the group. Presence of a reviewer from abroad - Prof. Martin Kozek from TU Wien - raised the event into a somewhat international level. Presence of other reviewers - Prof. M. Schlegel from University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and Prof. Z. Šika from CTU in Prague and other experienced committee members such as Prof. Vladimír Kučera kept the defense at some pace and "temperature".
Graduate students Jan Salášek and Dan Martinec from AA4CC were awarded prizes for the best and the second best thesis, respectively, at KONTAKT 2012. Dan took an extra prize for the best thesis in the domain of embedded automation and control. The event took place on Thursday, May 24 at Department of Control Engineering, FEE CTU in Prague. Their competitors were other graduates of the year from the department (in total 20 graduates).
Our team ranked 4th at NIST Mobile Microrobotics Challenge 2012, which took place during 2012 ICRA (IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation) in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, May 14-18, 2012. The total number of competitors who qualified for the event was nine. Namely, the undergraduate student Jakub Drs and Dr. Zdeněk Hurák attended the event.
On Friday, May 11, 2011, within his two-day visit to Czech Technical University in Prague organized by Honeywell, the 1979 Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Sheldon Glashow visited our lab. We had an opportunity to proudly demonstrate our work in distributed manipulation, in particular our recent achievements in dielectrophoresis-based micromanipulation, and have a short chat.
Our team has qualified and is now packing the baggage for the NIST Mobile Microrobotics Challenge 2012, which takes place during 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, May 14-18, 2012. Namely, the undergraduate student Jakub Drs and Dr. Zdeněk Hurák are attending the event.
Since the second week of March, the majority of the AA4CC group has bee located in a different place. The rooms S136 and S137 in the basement have been left for the new rooms K8 and K11. The rooms S133 and S134 have been left for the room K9.
These new rooms can be found on the ground floor, the right wing of the building E.
Jarda, Martin and Zdenek as TV stars in the popular PORT magazine on Channel 2 of Czech TV on Friday, February 17, at 16:25. This time dedicated to the project of inertially stabilized aerial camera platform in which we are participating.
As a creative joke during a Christmass party at the Department of Control Engineering FEE CTU in Prague, in December 2009, two members of AA4CC - Jiří Zemánek and Jaroslav Žoha - prepared the funny show called "Harum Scarum Printers". Worn-out dot matrix printers were programmed to play a Czech Christmas carol called „Nesem vam noviny. The sound was generated purely by the print head pins and the stepper motors, no additional sound sample or effect was used.
Researchers from AA4CC group (lead by Zdeněk Hurák) together with researchers from Institute of Applied Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republics (group lead by Dr. František Foret) and Department of Biochemistry of Masaryk University in Brno (group lead by Prof. Zdeněk Glatz) succeeded in getting a prestigious granf from Grant Agency of the Czech Republic of the Centre of Excellence type.The name of this strongly multidisciplinary project is "Centre for advanced bioanalytical technologies".
For his work: Lynnyk V., Čelikovský S.: On the anti-synchronization detection for the generalized Lorenz system and its applications to secure encryption, Kybernetika Vol. 46 (2010), pp. 1–18.
CTU in Prague won the 1st price for the best exposition during the 5th Central European Study Abroad Exibition Gaudeamus 2011. Faculty of Electrical Engineering prepared a demonstration of an interactive touchscreen, a robotic arm driven using Microsoft Kinect and an ensemble of Lego robots “tamed” by Jiří Zemánek (AA4CC) and Martin Samek, both from Department of Control Engineering.
Zdeněk Hurák, Martin Řezáč and Jirka Zemánek from AA4CC attended the 2011 IEEE Multiconference on Systems and Control (MSC) in Denver, CO, USA in late September. Then they set our for a two-week tour around three US universities, namely University of Texas in Arlington, University of California in Santa Barbara and University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Tomáš was a visiting researcher in EADS in Munich for 6 months in 2010. During this stay he worked together with Dr. Andreas Wildschek on computational design of open-loop controllers for gust load alleviation for a large blended wing body ariliner. Their work based on use of advanced numerical optimization was succesfully filed as a European patent number 11175857.9-1239. The patent is owned by EADS.