LARICS at the 1st Conference on Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Bjelovar

Prof. Zdenko Kovacic and Frano Petric participated as presenters at the Conference on Education, Innovation and Enterpreneurship organized by the Technical College in Bjelovar, Croatia. Prof. Kovacic held a lecture entitled “Autism and autism diagnostics with a robot evaluator”. Frano conducted a demonstration workshop “A robot as a friend”.

ADORE paper at ICIRA 2015

Frano Petric presented paper entitled “Towards a Robot-assisted Autism Diagnostic Protocol: Modelling and Assessment with POMDP” at the 8th International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Applications, held in Portsmouth, UK. The paper presented the system of automatic encoding of diagnostic tasks and is coauthored by Damjan Miklic, Domagoj Tolic, Zdenko Kovacic and our colleagues from the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, Maja Cepanec and Sanja Simlesa.

Tamara presented paper at ICINCO 2015

Tamara Petrović presented a paper at ICINCO conference (12th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics) that was held from 21th until 23rd of July 2015 in Colmar, the third-largest commune of the Alsace region in north-eastern France. The presented paper, entitled  Can UAV and UGV Be Best Buddies? Towards Heterogeneous Aerial-ground Cooperative Robot System for Complex Aerial Manipulation Tasks  is the result of joint work of LARICS researchers Tomislav Haus, Matko Orsag, Barbara Arbanas, Stjepan Bogdan and Tamara Petrović.

LARICS at ECC 2015

Stjepan Bogdan anecc15_vignetted Domagoj Tolic attended the European Control Conference ECC 2015 that was held in Linz, Austria, July 15-17, 2015. Domagoj presented the paper entitled “Multi-Agent Control in Degraded Communication Environment”. During the conference Stjepan participated in the European Control Association General Assembly as the representative of Croatia.

LARICS at ACC 2015

ACC_conference_logoZdenko Kovacic and Stjepan Bogdan attended the American Control Conference ACC 2015 that was held on July 1–3, 2015, in the downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA. On June 30th, Zdenko and Stjepan took part in the Workshop on Recent Advances and Future Directions on Adaptation and Control dedicated to celebration of Frank Lewis’ birthday. They presented recent LARICS research results in the areas of multi-agent systems with unreliable communication and decentralized control of autonomous forklifts in industrial warehouse systems.


LARICS PhD student Goran Vasiljevic and LARICS industry collaborator Marko Cukon were attending the international exhibition SEA FAIR that was held in Tehran, Iran. Goran presented the exploration robot for fire fighting units that was developed within a two-year project financed by the Croatian Science Foundation. A short report about attendance of Croatian exhibitors on the Iran Sea Fair was published in the Croatian daily newspapers Vecernji list.


Zdenko Kovacic, Stjepicra15-logoan Bogdan and Ivica Draganjac (LARICS PhD student) attended IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation ICRA 2015. The conference was held on May 26-30, 2015 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Zdenko Kovacic and Ivica Draganjac presented paper ‘Decentralized Control of Free Ranging UGVs in Warehouse Environments’, that  is the result of work of LARICS research team as a part of EC-SAFEMOBIL project, supported by EU under the FP7 program. Stjepan Bogdan was a speaker at the Workshop on Aerial Manipulation and Load Transportation, presenting UAV as a Service Platform for an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle. Zdenko Kovacic was a speaker at the Workshop on Autonomous Industrial Vehicles: From the Laboratory to the Factory presenting recent advances in localization and decentralized control of multi-AGV systems.

IEEE 53rd Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2014)

Two LARIslikaCDC14CS papers were presented at the 2014 IEEE 53rd Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2014) held in Los Angeles, CA, December 15-17. More info regarding the conference is found here. Domagoj presented the following paper:

  • Tolić, Domagoj; Hirche, Sandra: Stabilizing Transmission Intervals and Delays for Nonlinear Networked Control Systems: The Large Delay Case

In addition, Domagoj co-authored the following paper presented by Mohammadhossein Mamduhi:

  • Mamduhi, Mohammadhossein; Tolić, Domagoj; Hirche, Sandra: Event-Triggered Scheduling for Stochastic Multi-Loop Networked Control Systems with Packet Dropouts


Poster presented at Autism 2014: Geneva Centre for Autism International Symposium

autism2014ADORE project team members from the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences presented poster entitled “Challenges of using humanoid robots in the assessment of autism spectrum disorder“ at the AUTISM 2014: Geneva Centre for Autism International Symposium that was held from October 22-24 in Toronto, Canada.  Maja Cepanec and Sanja Šimleša (with broken leg!) presented poster describing current challenges our group is currently facing in the development of robot-based protocol for diagnosing autism in preschool children.  International symposium in Toronto had more than 1400 participants who presented ongoing research in the filed of autism spectrum disorder and examples of best clinical practice.


FraGHTC_Logo-bigno Petric attended the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, held in San Jose (CA), USA. Frano presented initial efforts and results of first clinical tests on the ADORE project  through a paper entitled “Four Tasks of a Robot-assisted Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Protocol: First Clinical Tests“.


ThrIvanaTamaraMSCee LARICS papers were presented at the 2014 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control, held in Antibes/Nice, France. Ivana and Tamara presented the following papers:

  • Bartulović, Mihovil, Palunko, Ivana, Bogdan, Stjepan: Formation Control Using Adaptive Parameter-Dependent Potential Functions
  • Petrovic, Tamara: Path Assignment and Resource Allocation Control in Reconfigurable Multi-Vehicle System
  • Petrovic, Tamara, Bogdan, Stjepan: An Approach to Determination of Simple Circular Waits in Reconfigurable Multi-Vehicle Systems

LARICS presented at the 13th European Control Conference

LARICS researcher Tomecc14islav Haus attended the 13th European Control Conference from the 24th to the 27th of June 2014 in Strasbourg, France. He presented the paper titled “Decentralized Trust-Based Self-Organizing Cooperative Control” coauthored by Ivana Palunko, Domagoj Tolić, Stjepan Bogdan (all LARICS) and Frank L. Lewis (University of Texas at Arlington). The work presented in the paper is part of a research sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory, under agreement number FA8655-13-1-3055.

LARICS at the Mediterranean Conference in Palermo, Italy

med2014palermoIn June 16-19 2014 LARICS researchers Goran Vasiljević, Edin Kočo and Domagoj Tolić attended the 22nd Mediterranean Conference on Control & Automation MED14 that was held in Palermo, Italy. Edin presented two papers related to the research on control of quadruped robots, while Goran presented the paper about the marker-less SLAM method optimized for use in industrial environments. Domagoj presented a paper about stabilizing transmission intervals and delays for LTV control systems.

LARICS was very active on ICRA 2014

quadThe 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong, China, from May 31 to June 5, 2014. Prof. Stjepan Bogdan and Matko Orsag were participating in the Workshop “AERIAL ROBOTS PHYSICALLY INTERACTING WITH THE ENVIRONMENT“ organized by Prof. Anibal Ollero with a presentation “Towards Valve Turning using a Dual Arm Aerial Manipulator”, co-authored by Stjepan Bogdan, Matko Orsag, and Paul Oh and Christoper Korpela, Drexel University, USA.

Slaven Glumac presented the paper at the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics 2013

manchesterManchester is well known for the rivalry of two Premiership football teams. But this time, LARICS Ph.D. student Slaven Glumac had another reason to come in this beautiful English town. Namely, he presented there at the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics 2013 a paper entitled “Microimmune Algorithm for Solving Inverse Kinematics of Redundant Robots”. Slaven defined a multiobjective criterion to compare performances of microimmune and microgenetic algorithms. Multiobjective optimization was used to determine a set of best algorithms, and the microimmune algorithm proved superior in solving a selected optimization problem.

ASSISI_bf on SASO conference

saso2013Prof. 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.

EC-SAFEMOBIL and ASSISI_bf projects presented at the EUROCON 2013 panel session

LARICS professors Zdenko Kovacic and Stjepan Bogdan took part across panelat 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. 

Prof. Kovacic and Prof. Bogdan visited the Technical University of Crete and participated in the 21st Mediterranean Conference on Control & Automation MED2013

The last weeMED2013 Plataniask of June 2013 LARICS professors Zdenko Kovacic and Stjepan Bogdan spent in the beautiful setting of the Technical University of Crete where they visited the group of prof. Nikos Tsourveloudis within the FP7 project ACROSS collaboration program. In the same time, they also presented three papers at the 21st Mediterranean Conference on Control & Automation MED2013 that was held in Platanias-Chania, Crete, Greece. 

Two papers on ACC13

Domagoj Tolić presented his paper “Decentralized Output Synchronization of dtolicHeterogeneous Linear Systems with Fixed and Switching Topology via Self-Triggered Communication” on the 2013 IEEE American Control Conference held in Washington DC from June 17 till June 19. The paper is co-authored with Prof. Rafael Fierro. Along with Domagoj, Matko Orsag presented his paper “Stability Control in Aerial Manipulation” co-authored with Christopher Korpela and Prof. Paul Oh.

COST workshop on social robotics

LARICS was present at the COST workshop on social robotics held in Brussels, June 10-13, 2013. Frano Petric presented our efforts with NAO robots through talk entitled “Application of Humanoid Robots in Diagnostics of Autism”. Through this networking event we learnt a lot about the research in the field of social robotics and established contacts which could result in future collaborations. We would like to thank organising committee for the invitation. Short video about this workshop is available here.