Plenary Lecture

Cloud Technology-based Robotics


Professor Imre J. Rudas
Óbuda University
Budapest, Hungary

Abstract: Cloud Robotics is an emerging field within robotics, currently covering various application domains and robot network paradigms. Cloud Robotics was born from the merger of cloud technologies and robotics. Cloud technology-based computing—or simply Cloud Computing—is one of the most dynamically growing areas of Info-Communication Technologies (ICT). The presentation summarizes the basics of cloud computing, namely the main idea, the definition, the cloud model composed of essential characteristics, service models and deployment models. The next part provides a structured, systematic overview of the numerous definitions, concepts and technologies linked to Cloud Robotics and cloud technologies in a broader sense. It also presents a roadmap for the near future, describing development trends and emerging application areas. Cloud Robotics may have a significant role in the future as an explicitly human-centered technology, capable of addressing the dire needs of our society. Finally some cloud robotics projects are discussed. The last part of the presentation summarizes the results and ideas of a new generation internet and Cloud Technology based Virtual Collaboration Arena (VirCA) developed in Hungary and some of its application possibilities in Cloud Robotics. VirCA provides a platform where users can build, share and manipulate 3D content, and collaboratively interact with real-time processes in a 3D context, while the participating hardware and software devices can be spatially and/or logically distributed and connected together via IP network. The 3D content and processes in VirCA can be synchronized with the real world, which allows the combination of reality and virtual world in the collaboration arena.

Brief Biography of the Speakers: Imre J. Rudas graduated from Bánki Donát Polytechnic, Budapest in 1971, received the Master Degree in Mathematics from the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, the Ph.D. in Robotics from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1987, while the Doctor of Science degree from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2004. He received his first Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Technical University of Košice, Slovakia and the second one from “Polytechnica” University of Timisoara, Romania. He is active as a full university professor He served as the President of Budapest Tech from 2003 till 2010. He was elected in 2010 as the President of Óbuda University, the successor of Budapest Tech till April 2014. Now he is the Head of the Steering Committee of the University Research and Innovation Center. He is a Fellow of IEEE, Senior AdCom member of Industrial Electronics Society (IES), he served IES as a Vice-President in 2000-2001, he is Board of Governors member of IEE System, Man and Cybernetics Society. He is the Junior Past Chair of IEEE Hungary Section. He served IFSA (International Fuzzy System Association) as Vice-President and Treasure for a period of 7 years; he had been the President of Hungarian Fuzzy Association for ten years. He serves as an associate editor of some scientific journals, including IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, member of editorial board of Journal of Advanced Computational Intelligence, member of various national and international scientific committees. He is the founder of the IES Sponsored IEEE International Conference Series on Intelligent Engineering Systems (INES), IEEE International Conference on Computational Cybernetics (ICCC), IEEE International Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Informatics (CINTI, since 2000), IEEE International Symposium on Machine Intelligence and Informatics (SAMI, since 2003), IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Systems and Informatics (SISY, since 2003), IEEE International Symposium on Applied Computational Intelligence and Informatics (SACI, since 2004), IEEE International Symposium on Logistics and Industrial Informatics (LINDI, since 2007). He has served as General Chairman and Program Chairman of numerous scientific international conferences. His present areas of research activities are Computational Cybernetics, Robotics with special emphasis on Robot Control, Soft Computing, Fuzzy Control and Fuzzy Sets. He has published three books, more than 680 papers in international scientific journal, conference proceedings and book chapters, he has more than 1000 independent citations.