On 16 December 2015 the ASSISIbf LARICS team organized a training at the local Faculty for their master students. The purpose of the training was to present, through selected lectures and a practical session, the overall goals of the ASSISIbf project and the results accomplished in the first half of the project.
Prof. Bogdan gave talk on general concepts of the project. The students could find out what is the FET programme, FOCAS initiative, collective adaptive systems and the methodology applied within the project. Dr. Damjan Miklić and Karlo Griparić presented the software and hardware architecture developed for facilitating ethological experiments on honeybees. The emphasis was put on distributivity and modularity of the system.
In the practical session, the task for the students was to program Combined Actuator Sensor Units (CASUs), which are being developed within the project. LARICS staff prepared the arena with fully functional four CASUs and each CASU was given to a group of 3 students to program. Bristlebots were used to mimic the motion of bees and the task was to develop a CASU controller which detects the tiny robots and reacts to their presence by changing CASU temperature and color.
Within last two weeks, two of our ongoing projects were presented on Croatian television, in the show called Znanstveni krugovi (Scientific circles). The video of Damjan and Tomislav presenting Assisi project is available in Croatian (starts at 00:00:25). Adore was presented by Frano and Sanja, and video is available here (starts at 00:08:00).
The 3rd internal training for the ASSISIbf project has been held last week at the Artificial Life Lab in Graz. The LARICS team introduced partners from Graz, Lisboa and Lausanne to the new CASU array that we have been developing during the past months. Currently, the array features 9 CASUs (Combined Actuator-Sensor Units), devices that can produce stimuli relevant for honeybees (heat, vibration, airflow), sense the presence of honeybees (by means of IR sensors) and perform autonomous computation (thanks to BeagleBone Black boards powering each device). The goal of these devices is to exchange information with honeybees, that is “talk” to them. The initial closed-loop interaction experiments were quite successful. For more info, pleas visit the project’s blog.
LARICS had two papers presented at the 2015 IEEE Sensor Applications Symposium that was held from April 13-15 in Zadar, Croatia. A LARICS PhD student Karlo Griparic presented the paper entitled “Combined Actuator Sensor Unit for Interaction with Honeybees”, describing the newest results of the on-going FP7 project ASSISI. Dr. Damir Arbula presented the paper entitled “Microimmune Algorithm for Sensor Network Localization” describing the key results of his doctoral dissertation. Prof. Zdenko Kovacic, being the coauthor of the second paper together with a LARICS PhD student Slaven Glumac, also participated in this very well organized event in the beautiful city of Zadar.
LARICS researchers, Dr. Damjan Miklic, Karlo Griparic and Tomislav Haus, attended ASSISI_bf general assembly meeting in Lisbon, held on October 8th, 2013. Meeting was held at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon.
Prof. Stjepan Bogdan presented paper “ASSISI: Charged Hot Bees Shakin’ in the Spotlight” on the 2013 IEEE 7th Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 9-13 September 2013.
The paper presents concepts and initial results of ASSISI_bf project. During his stay in USA, Prof. Bogdan visited Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab and talked with Prof. Paul Oh, director of the laboratory.
LARICS professors Zdenko Kovacic and Stjepan Bogdan took part at the panel session“Advanced Cooperative Systems – Research Challenges and Application Opportunities” held at the International Conference on Computer as a Tool EUROCON 2013 in Zagreb, where they presented the research goals and results of two LARICS FP7 projects, EC-SAFEMOBIL and ASSISI.
Professor Bogdan presented the ASSISI project to FER faculty in a one-hour talk. The talk, staged as part of the ACROSS Colloquia lecture series, filled the TCR auditorium up to the last seat, setting a new record for Colloquia attendance.
The ASSISIbf project, part of the FP7 FOCAS initiative, has started on February 1. The goal of the project is to develop technological tools that will enable real-time interaction with bee and fish societies, and ultimately gain new insights into the self-organization mechanisms of cllective systems.