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Robustness and Resilience Print E-mail
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013

An ASLab Research Seminar

Robustness and Resilience

for Autonomous Systems

Ricardo Sanz

Place: Aula de Seminarios de Automática
Time: December 12, 2013 / 12:30-14:00

Our lives depend on the technical infrastructure that surrounds us. The contemporary -beginnings of XXI century- human ecosystem is composed not just of our preys, our predators, the fruits to gather and the inclement climate. If we consider our day-to-day lives we found an escalating paraphernalia of artificial assets that are critical for our wellbeing. Well being is obviously good; what is not so good is our dependence on it and the slavery that this implies.

Image Henceforth, the human impact derived from the failure of these systems is becoming enormously severe, threatening the economy, the security of nations and organisations, the equilibrium of the environment and even the safety of human individuals. The increasing complexity of both the plant, the operational environment and the requirements imposed to it create a wider spectrum of opportunities for failure. The expanding pervasiveness and importance of the connected ICT (esp. the Internet), creates a whole bunch of new opportunities for saboteurs, recreational crackers, terrorists, professional cyberthieves or government cyberwarfare agents.

We are interested in these technological systems and how to improve their operational profile. However, besides the "intentional" risks, i.e. the risks due to the bad intentions of the bad guys, there are plenty of good, old-fashioned ways of things going wrong in an industrial plant. I'm more interested in non-intentional causes of failure but, nevertheless, we cannot ignore the intentional ones if we target an universal technology for autonomy.

We are interested in technology for making systems autonomous, and, in this context, a topic of research is how to achieve "robust autonomy". With this I essentially mean that a system -the autonomous system- will be able to operate without human supervision, attaining the pre-specified goals despite the possible perturbations that may occur.

Said this way, the purpose of robust autonomy is, basically, the same as the purpose of any controller. Indeed, from a critic perspective, there are may terms that seem to mean exactly the same: control, stability, robustness, resilience, survivability, reliability, dependability, availability, adaptivity, viability, etc. All them talk about "keep calm and going on".

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Last Updated ( Friday, 13 December 2013 ) Summer School Print E-mail
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The Retecog Network fosters interdisciplinary collaboration to promote the advancement of Cognitive Science in Spain. This summer school aims to offer an overview of research in Cognitive Science through the choice of an area of research which provides a clear demonstration of the potential benefits of multidisciplinary cross-fertilization. It is addressed to graduate students, or recent doctors, interested in gaining a broader view of their research topic, and benefit from interdisciplinary collaboration. Participants are expected to present their current projects, either as poster or oral presentation, and will be offered feedback and further support.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 May 2012 )
Adaptation Mechanisms Based on Perception Print E-mail
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012

An ASLab Research Seminar

Adaptation Mechanisms Based on Perception

Meet requirements even in design-time unexpected circumstances

Juan Escasany

Place: Aula Arigas
Time: March 23, 2012 / 12:30-13:30

En la ciencia cognitiva actual se observa una tendencia creciente a considerar el estudio de la percepción y la acción y su planificación como inseparables. Este no ha sido el punto de vista imperante en los últimos años. En el seminario se va a presentar un enfoque unificador de este estudio bajo la teoría de que la percepción y la planificación de la acción comparten un mismo medio representacional. Lo que tiene importantísimas consecuencias en el estudio de la adaptación, así como en el diseño de sistemas autónomos. Se hará hincapié en las aplicaciones al conocimiento del espacio en el que se desenvuelve un sistema autónomo móvil y a su propiocepción.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 March 2012 )
Una metodología de ingeniería de sistemas intensivos en software Print E-mail
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012

An ASLab Research Seminar

Una metodología de ingeniería de sistemas intensivos en software

José Luis Fernández

Place: Aula Artigas
Time: May 18, 2012 / 12:30-13:30

La presentación propone una metodología de ingeniería de sistemas intensivos en software, denominada ISE&PPOOA, que se basa en el uso de modelos combinándola con otras prácticas de ingeniería que serían útiles en el diseño de sistemas mecatrónicos. Esta metodología que se propone contempla la especificación de requisitos, el análisis funcional y el diseño de alto nivel. Esto podría ser de suma utilidad en la ingeniería de otros productos, equipos y aparatos a la que se puede enfrentar un ingeniero involucrado en su desarrollo.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 May 2012 )
OMG SysML for Autonomous Systems Print E-mail
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012

An ASLab Research Seminar

OMG Systems Modeling Language for Autonomous Systems

Using engineering tools in research

Ricardo Sanz

Place: Aula de Seminarios de Automática
Time: February 7, 2013 / 13:00-14:00

The OMG Systems Modeling Language (OMG SysML) is a a general-purpose modeling language for systems engineering applications.

SysML supports the specification, analysis, design, verification, and validation of a broad range of complex systems. These systems may include hardware, software, information, processes, personnel, and facilities.

The origins of SysML can be traced back to the work of the International Council on Systems Engineering’s (INCOSE) Model Driven Systems Design workgroup. In January 2001 they started a roadmap to customize the Unified Modeling Language (UML) for systems engineering applications.

In this speech we will summarily describe the SysML and explain the reasons for its potential importance in the research on Autonomous Systems.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 February 2013 )
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