My research interests include cooperative multirobot systems, sensor and actor networks, distributed surveillance and monitoring, algorithmic robotics, data fusion and multiagent systems.
My current research focuses on studying different
challenging problems of cooperative multirobot systems. Cooperative
multirobot systems have become an active research area in the
recent years. These research activities are looking for having
a multiple robots involved in one system and cooperating in order
to achieve the desired task(s). By this cooperation, some goals
that were impossible for a single robot to achieve will become
feasible and attainable. Also, it will help in increasing the
overall system's reliability. Effective and robust cooperation
among the robots can also synergistically improve the performance
of the system and can endow it with higher-level faculties, such
as distributed search, dynamic task allocation, communication
relaying, cooperative target detection and tracking and shared
I focus on cooperative multirobot systems problems such as complex task allocation, group formation, multisensor management, decentralized data fusion, hard and soft data fusion, cooperative object detection and tracking, communication relaying, and self-organization. I also explore the applicability of cooperative multirobot systems to many pertinent areas of industrial and commercial importance such as security and surveillance, humanitarian demining, environment monitoring, industrial process control, pipeline monitoring, health care and home intelligence.
I founded and currently coordinate the GUC Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) research group. GUC RAS undertakes inter-disciplinary research in areas like intelligent automated systems, industrial automation, industrial robotics and mobile robotics.
I coordinated the following focus groups in PAMI lab, University of Waterloo: