Jeg har spesialisert meg på utvikling av robotiserte løsninger, fra hardware arkitektur til etablering av kontrollrutiner og systemintegrering på fysiske plattformer. Spesialområdene omfatter navigasjon av UGV, menneske-maskin-grensesnittet, helintegrerte systemer og heterogent multi-robot-samarbeid. Jeg jobber med utvikling av nye robotiserte tilnærminger for presisjonsjordbruket.

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The key factor for autonomous navigation is efficient perception of the surroundings,while being able to move safely from an initial to a final point. We deal in this paper with a wheeled mobile robot working in a GPS-denied environment typical for a greenhouse. The Hector Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) approach is used in order to estimate the robots’ pose using a LIght Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) sensor. Waypoint following and obstacle avoidance are ensured by means of a new artificial potential field (APF) controller presented in this paper. The combination of the Hector SLAMand the APF controller allows themobile robot to performperiodic tasks that require autonomous navigation between predefined waypoints. It also provides themobile robot with a robustness to changing conditions thatmay occur inside the greenhouse, caused by the dynamic of plant development through the season. In this study, we show that the robot is safe to operate autonomously with a human presence, and that in contrast to classical odometrymethods, no calibration is needed for repositioning the robot over repetitive runs. We include here both hardware and software descriptions, as well as simulation and experimental results.