Team Leaders: MALLEM Malik, COLLE Etienne
The research deals with the design, realization and evaluation of assistance systems for a person in its environment (indoor or outdoor). The diversity, the complexity and the unpredictability of the environment require the use and the knowledge of artificial complex systems (sensors and heterogeneous robots) in order to provide assistance.
The problem is to remove technological and scientific obstacles allowing perception, interaction and decision support for both an individual and a “robot” assistant interacting with the intelligent environment (ambient robotics). The objective is to offer multi-sensory aids to the control and decision making of the person who is in immersion or semi-immersion in a virtual world (virtual reality) or in direct interaction with the real environment (augmented reality), assisted or not by one robot or more. The control of these complex systems requires the application, development and evaluation of methods and techniques coming from information sciences and engineering. They are mainly derived from the signal and images theory, the software architectures models, the artificial intelligence techniques, the interaction and collaboration in virtual and augmented reality. The scope of the assistances is very diversified. It concerns both the able-bodied and the disabled. The person can be assisted at home, while roaming (by foot or by motor vehicle), on travel in a vehicle or a two-wheeler, or within a professional environment.