“Fast motion planning of autonomous robot vehicles in a dynamic environment” – Presented by Erik Hostens, Flanders Make

“Fast motion planning of autonomous robot vehicles in a dynamic environment” – Presented by Erik Hostens, Flanders Make, at Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference, Nov 15, 2016, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

There is an undeniable trend of far-going automation these days. Autonomous vehicles and robots that work in complex environments with humans are rapidly becoming a reality. Machine builders are taking steps to join this movement, but are facing enormous challenges. Flanders Make and a number of private companies joined their forces to tackle these issues in very diverse applications, going from automated guided vehicles and vessels to harvesters and fruit-picking robots. In this presentation, we highlight the main principles behind the algorithms. We show how a robust and dynamic environment awareness is achieved through the use of a virtual world.

About Erik Hostens
Erik Hostens earned a master degree cum laude at KULeuven in electromechanical engineering in 2003, and a PhD in engineering sciences in 2007. Since 2010, he is working at Flanders’ Mechatronics Technology Centre (now part of Flanders Make), currently as a project leader and senior researcher in advanced control, estimation and optimization.

About Flanders Make
Flanders Make is the Belgian strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. Our purpose: realising a top-level research network in Flanders that delivers full support to the innovation projects of manufacturing companies. This way, we contribute to new products and processes to realise the vehicles, machines and factories of the future.