Aiming at controlling robots with the mind
Panagiotis Artemiadis is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and Director of the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control (HORC) Lab. He was recently in the news for presenting his project that has to do with how on single human can control multiple robots.
He is actually developing technology that would allow an Air Force pilot to control an entire fleet of drones using his mind. A pilot can instruct a cluster of flying drones or terrestrial vehicles to move in a certain direction, spread out over a larger area, or circle around a specific target. To date, one subject has been able to control as many as four drones inside of the lab, Artemiadis said.
“The goal for the next couple of years is to actually have a new hybrid team of both ground vehicles, mobile robots and aerial vehicles that will collaborate with each other. Now we are controlling three to four robots. We want to do that with tens, even go to one hundred robots” Artemiadis says at a past interview.
Artemiadis’ project serves the growing needs of the U.S. Air Force for more advanced “mixed human-machine decision making,” as described by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Artemiadis was awarded a grant of $360,000 from the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program, which seeks to put younger scientists and engineers “who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research” to work helping the Air Force solve its technological challenges. His project was one of only 42 selected from more than 230 proposals for funding from the program.
Before joining ASU, Artemiadis was a PostDoctoral Associate at the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He got his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens, Greece, where he worked at the Control Systems Lab with Prof. Kostas J. Kyriakopoulos. He also got his Bachelor of Science in the same university, from 1998 to 2003.
His research interests mainly lie in the areas of robotics, control systems, system identification, brain-machine interfaces, rehabilitation robotics, neuro-robotics, orthotics, mechatronics and human-robot interaction.
In August 2014 Dr. Artemiadis was awarded the 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award, in January 2014 he was awarded the 2014 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, and in April 2013 he was selected as among the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Top 5% Teaching Award recipients.