The Autonomous Systems Laboratory is a research group within the Center for Integrated Emergency Management at the University of Agder, Norway. Its main objective is to advance the research front in the area of autonomous systems by developing algorithms and methodologies that enable decision-making in (possibly aerial) robotic, cyberphysical, and embedded systems without human supervision.
In addition to fundamental contributions in machine learning, artificial intelligence, signal processing, and control theory, the lab targets specific goals in the context of the CIEM research area described next.
Operational conditions in emergency management operations are challenging by definition and often impaired by lack of visibility, extreme temperatures or weather, limited communication and situational awareness, remoteness of the operation site, and high risk for the responders. The focus of this research area will be to endow response teams with the required technological capabilities to counteract or alleviate the impact of these conditions.
This research will be conducted along two directions: