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Gianluca Antonelli

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Gianluca Antonelli is Professor at the ``University of Cassino and Southern Lazio''. His research interests include marine and industrial robotics, multi-agent systems, identification. He has published 37 international journal papers and more than 100 conference papers, he is author of the book ``Underwater Robots'' (Springer-Verlag, 2003, 2006, 2014) and co-authored the chapter ``Underwater Robotics'' for the Springer Handbook of Robotics, (Springer-Verlag, 2008, 2016). He has been involved in various roles in research projects funded under FP7 and H2020 schemes: Co3AUVs, ECHORD, ARCAS, EUROC, AEROARMS, DexROV, WiMUST and ROBUST. He served both as independent expert and reviewer for the European FP/H2020 calls several times since 2006. He is member elected of the "IEEE Robotics & Automation Society" Administrative Committee, he has been secretary of the IEEE-Italy section, he has been chair of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Italian Chapter, he has been Chair of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee in Marine Robotics. He served in the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Springer Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics, he has been Editor for the RAS Conference Editorial Board. He is chief editor of the open access journal "Frontiers in Robotics & AI" specialty "Robotic Control Systems".

Credit: CRASAR
Credit: CRASAR

The Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) at Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station conducted a joint training exercise with the Italian Coast Guard in Genoa, Italy to prevent future migrant drownings in the Mediterranean. Over the course of three days the exercise tested EMILY, a lifeguard assistant unmanned surface vehicle, a Fotokite tethered unmanned aerial vehicle, and LTE cellular communications. The goal is to accelerate research in robotics, sensors, and networks for marine mass casualty events as a crisis response.

Once upon a time validation of robotic research was relatively straightforward, but the field has changed: machines are now much more complex and the robots have left their confined industrial cells for unstructured environments. Thus the grand challenge for the robotics community is to discuss, from its foundations up, the way its research is conducted.