#AROUND (Autonomous Robots for Observation of Urban Networks after Disasters) Programme
##Project duration: 48 months (from 2008 to 2012)
The AROUND programme has been supported by 3 research projects funded by the ICT-Asia program (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs/INRIA/CNRS): SCOUT project (Survey of Catastrophes and Observation in Urban Territories, 2006-2008), IDEA project (Images of natural Disasters from robot Exploration in urban Area, 2007-2009) and ISSUE project (Integrated Spatial Support Systems for Urban Environment, 2009-2010). It also has received support from IRD (Institut de la Recherche pour le Développement, France), AUF(Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie) and Ecole des Mines de Douai (France).
The global climate is changing, affecting the planet with more and more frequent and devastating natural disasters. With growing conﬁdence, scientists predict an increase in extreme weather affecting people worldwide, especially in developing countries. Vietnam, the target country for the project described in this paper, is considered as one of the most disaster-prone countries. In addition, the fast pace of industrialization and urbanization shapes disaster risks through a complex association of concentrated populations and higher industrial hazards. As a consequence, in cities like Hanoi, not only are disasters (ﬂoods, storms, cyclones, ﬁres, earthquakes, transportation and industrial accidents, or incidents stemming from hazardous substances) much more likely to happen, but these two uncontrolled dynamics make any intervention more difficult (like during the 1983 Hanoi earthquake).
We identify three major issues that must be faced during the conception and deployment of a robotic rescue program in a developing country:
- the cost of rescue robotic solutions,
- an uncontrolled urbanization,
- the lack of logistic and infrastructural capability.
The AROUND (Autonomous Robots for Observation of Urban Network after Disaster) programme launched by several French and Vietnamese partners (see below) aims at addressing concerns expressed in the previous section by designing an automated observation system. The system is based on (i) a local level with the deployment of autonomous mobile robots able to collect information in impacted urban sites and to dynamically maintain the communication links between rescuers, and (ii) a global level based on a Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS).
- UMMISCO, IRD/UPMC, France
- L3i, La Rochelle University, France
- GREYC, University of Caen Lower Normandy, France
- LIESP, University Lyon 1, France
- Ecole des Mines de Douai, France
- Geophysical Institute of the Vietnam Acamedy of Science and Technology (VAST), Vietnam
- Hanoi University of Technology, Vietnam
- IFI, National Vietnamese University, Vietnam
If you want to cite the AROUND programme in your work, the most suitable reference is:
Alain Boucher, Richal Canal, Thanh-Quang Chu, Alexis Drogoul, Benoit Gaudou, Van Tuan Le, Victor Moraru, Nhu-Van Nguyen, Quang Anh Nguyen Vu, Patrick Taillandier, François Sempé and Serge Stinckwich, The AROUND project : Adapting robotic disaster response to developing countries, in Proceedings of 2009 IEEE International Workshop on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics, IEEE Computer Society, 2009.
This paper is available here: http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/docs/00/53/68/57/PDF/SSRR2009.pdf
- 2010, Le Van Tuan, Cooperation in multi-robot systems: Contribution to the maintenance of network connectivity and dynamic roles allocation, co-supervised by Pr. François Bourdon, Dr. Serge Stinckwich, Dr. Noury Bouraqadi and Dr. Victor Moraru (in french)
- 2011, Thanh-Quang Chu, Using agent-based models and machine learning to enhance spatial decision support systems - Application to resource allocation in situations of urban catastrophes, co-supervised by Pr. Alexis Drogoul and Dr. Alain Boucher (in english)
- 2011, Nhu-Van Nguyen, Représentation visuelles de concepts textuels pour la recherche et l'annotation interactives d'images, co-supervised by Pr. Jean-Marc Ogier, Dr. Alain Boucher and Dr. Salvatore Tabbone (in french)
- 2012, Quang Anh Nguyen Vu, Cohérence et robustesse dans un système multi-agent perturbé; application à un système décentralisé de collection d'information distribué, co-supervised by Pr. Salima Hassas, Dr. Benoit Gaudou, Dr. Richard Canal, Dr. Frédéric Armetta (in french)
##Seminars & Workshops Organization
- 2nd International Workshop on Agent Technology for Disaster Management (ATDM'09), Dec. 13rd, 2009, Nagoya, Japan
- Track Intelligent Systems of the 7th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2010), 2-5 May 2010, Seattle, USA
- IROS'10 Workshop on Robots and Sensors integration in future rescue INformation system (ROSIN'10), October 18th 2010, Taiwan, Taipei
- Journée thématique PHC/ResCom, RESeaux de capteurS et Applications Critiques de Surveillance (RESSACS 2010), June 25th 2010, Bayonne, France (french domestic conference)
- "Intelligent System" Track of the 8th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2011), May 8-11 2011, Lisbon, Portugal
- First Collaborative Technology for Coordinating Crisis Management (CT2CM) Track of WETICE-2011, Paris, France
- "Journée thématique PHC/ResCom, RESeaux de capteurS et Applications Critiques de Surveillance" (RESSACS 2011), June 17, Anglet, France (french domestic conference)
- "Ecole d'automne: Réseaux de capteurs, mesure et environnement", October 23-26 2012, Brest, France (French domestic school)
- 2nd Workshop on Robots and Sensors integration in future rescue INformation system (ROSIN 2012) October 11 2012, Vilamoura, Agarve, Portugal (collocated with IROS 2012)
- Second Collaborative Technology for Coordinating Crisis Management (CT2CM) Track of WETICE-2012, Toulouse, France
- "Journée thématique PHC/ResCom, RESeaux de capteurS et Applications Critiques de Surveillance" (RESSACS 2012), June 7 2012, Anglet, France (french domestic conference)
- "Intelligent System" Track of the 9th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2012), April 22-25 2012, Vancouver, USA
- Van Tuan Le, Victor Moraru, Noury Bouraqadi, Serge Stinckwich, François Bourdon and Hong Quang Nguyen: Issues and Challenges in building a Robust Communication Platform for USAR Robots, Third National Symposium Fundamental and Applied IT Research (FAIR'07), Vietnam, 2007
- Thanh-Quang Chu, Alain Boucher, Alexis Drogoul, Duc-An Vo, Hong-Phuong Nguyen, Jean-Daniel Zucker: Interactive Learning of Expert Criteria for Rescue Simulations, Proceedings of the 11th Pacific Rim International Conference on Multi-Agents (PRIMA 2008), Lecture Notes in Computer Science,Vol. 5357, pp 127-138, Springer-Verlag, 2008.
- Edouard Amouroux, Thanh-Quang Chu, Alain Boucher, Alexis Drogoul: GAMA: An Environment for Implementing and Running Spatially Explicit Multi-agent Simulations in Proceedigns of the 10th Pacific Rim International Conference on Multi-Agents (PRIMA 2007), Lectures Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 5044, pp. 359-371, 2009.
- Thanh-Quang Chu, Alexis Drogoul, Alain Boucher, Jean-Daniel Zucker: Interactive Learning of Independent Experts' Criteria for Rescue Simulations J. UCS 15(13): 2701-2725 (2009)
- Quang Anh Nguyen Vu, Benoit Gaudou, Richard Canal, and Salima Hassas, Coherence and robustness in a disturbed multi-agents system, in Proceedings of IEEE-RIVF 09, Da Nang City, Viet Nam, 2009.
- Arnaud Doniec, Noury Bouraqadi, M. Defoort, Van Tuan Le, and Serge Stinckwich, Distributed constraint reasoning applied to multi-robot exploration, in Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI 2009), pp. 159–166. IEEE Computer Society, 2009.
- Van Tuan Le, Noury Bouraqadi, Serge Stinckwich, and Victor Moraru, Connectivity awareness in robotics system, in RIVF International Conference on Computing and Telecommunication Technologies, pages 245–248. IEEE, 2009.
- Van Tuan Le, Serge Stinckwich, Noury Bouraqadi, and Arnaud Doniec, Dynamic role assignment for large-scale multi-agent robotic systems, in Springer Verlag, editor, Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Agent Technology for Disaster Management (ATDM’09), SCI, 2009.
- Van Tuan Le, Noury Bouraqadi, Victor Moraru, Serge Stinckwich and Arnaud Doniec, Making networked robot connectivity-aware, in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), p. 3502-3507, 2009.
- Alain Boucher, Richal Canal, Thanh-Quang Chu, Alexis Drogoul, Benoit Gaudou, Van Tuan Le, Victor Moraru, Nhu-Van Nguyen, Quang Anh Nguyen Vu, Patrick Taillandier, François Sempé and Serge Stinckwich, The AROUND project : Adapting robotic disaster response to developing countries, in Proceedings of 2009 IEEE International Workshop on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics, IEEE Computer Society, 2009.
- Nhu Van Nguyen, Jean-Marc Ogier, Salvatore Tabbone, and Alain Boucher: Text Retrieval Relevance Feedback Techniques for Bag of Words Model in CBIR, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition (ICMLPR), July 2009.
- Nhu Van Nguyen, Jean-Marc Ogier, Salvatore Tabbone and Alain Boucher: Region-Based Semic-Automatic Annotation Using the Bag of Words Representation of the Keywords in Proceedings og the 5th International Conference on Image and Graphics (ICIG) 2009, pp. 422-427, IEEE Computer Society, China, 2009.
- Patrick Taillandier and Thanh-Quang Chu: Using Participatory Paradigm to Learn Human Behaviour, International Conference on Knowledge and Systems Engineering (KSE 2009), Viet Nam, 2009.
- Hien Phuong Lai, Nhu Van Nguyen, Alain Boucher and Jean-Marc Ogier: Using SR-Tree in a Context-based and Location-Based Image Retrieval System, in Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP 2010), pp. 491-494, INSTICC Press, Angers, France, 2010.
- Nhu-Van Nguyen, Alain Boucher, Jean-Marc Ogier, Salvatore Tabbone: Clusters-Based Relevance Feedback for CBIR: A Combination of Query Movement and Query Expansion, RIVF 2010: 1-6, 2010.
- Thanh-Quang Chu, Alexis Drogoul, Alain Boucher, Jean-Daniel Zucker: Towards a Methodology for the Participatory Design of Agent-Based Models in PRIMA 2010: 428-442, 2010.
- Siddeswara M. Guru, Sarvapali D. Ramchurn, Serge Stinckwich and Andrew Terhost (eds), Part 3: Agent Technology for Environmental Monitoring and Disaster Management in Advances in Practical Multi-Agent Systems book, Studies in Computational Intelligence Series, Vol. 325, Springer Verlag, 2010.
- Quang Anh Nguyen Vu, Benoit Gaudou, Richal Canal, Salima Hassas, Frédéric Armetta, and Serge Stinckwich, Using trust and cluster organisation to improve robot swarm mapping, In IROS’10 Workshop on Robots and Sensors integration in future rescue INformation system (ROSIN 2010), 2010.
- Van Tuan Le, Noury Bouraqadi, Serge Stinckwich, Victor Moraru, and Arnaud Doniec: Maintaining connectivity in multi-robot systems through connectivity awareness, in 5th National Conference on “Control Architecture of Robots”, pages 93–97, 2010.
- Arnaud Doniec, Noury Bouraqadi, Michael Defoort, Van Tuan Le, and Serge Stinckwich: Multi-robot Exploration under Communication Constraint: a DISCSP Approach, in 5th National Conference on “Control Architecture of Robots”, pages 98–109, 2010.
- Patrick Taillandier and Serge Stinckwich, Using the PROMETHEE multi-criteria decision making method to define new exploration strategies for rescue robots, in Proceedings of the 9th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR 2011), pp. 321-326, IEEE, 2011.
- Van Tuan Le, Noury Bouraqadi, Arnaud Doniec and Serge Stinckwich, Role-based Dynamic Coalitions of Multi-Tasked Rescue Robots, in Proceedings of ISCRAM 2012.
- Nhu-Van Nguyen, Alain Boucher, Jean-Marc Ogier & Salvatore Tabbone: Cluster-based relevance feedback for CBIR: a combination of query point movement and query expansion, in Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing, 2012.
Please contact Serge Stinckwich (Serge DOT Stinckwich AT gmail DOT com) for further enquiries about this research programme.