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Plenary Sessions

Session 1:

Prof Sham

Keynote Speaker 1: Professor Dr. Shamsudin Mohd Amin

Presentation Topic: An Experimental Approach in Designing Multi-Robot Systems


There are many pertinent issues and complex challenges confronting the robotics community at large. It could be in the form of the complex mechanisms required to accomplish some required tasks, or It could be in the form of advanced architectures of the controllers to emulate intelligence levels in the decision making processes, or in the challenges in the communication technologies being deployed. The multi-robot approach can be further extended into multi-team robot systems deploying homogeneous and heterogeneous robots at the same time. Issues such as robot team interaction and inter-robot communications become forefront challenges to be overcome by the robotics community. Several approaches have been introduced in designing robotic systems. The design methodologies could be classified as ethological guided/constraint approach, situated activity design approach, experimentally driven design approach. In this presentation, we attempt to share the experimentally driven design approach in building various generations of mobile robots leading to the intelligent multi robot systems for specific task achievement, i.e. transferring oversized objects. A step by step development and testing is presented, supported by video clip presentations of te experiments.


Speaker Detail:

  • Professor Dr. Shamsudin Mohd Amin (Robotics Research Group, Centre for Artficial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIRO), Materials and Manufacturing Research Alliance, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
  • Biography : Professor Shamsudin is currently Professor of Robotics at Faculty of Electrical, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia under the Department of Control and Mechatronics Engineering and CAIRO in Materials and Manufacturing Research Alliance. He has involved, chairing and founders in several professional bodies such as Asian Mechatronics Association, Malaysian Society for Engineers and Technologies (MySET), Instrumentation and Control Society of Malaysia (ICSM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Malaysia Section (2001), Asian Control Professors Association (ACPA) and Robotics and Automation Association of Malaysia (RAAM). Detail about professor can be found at

Session 2:

Prof Rizal

Keynote Speaker 2: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Rizal Arshad

Presentation Topic: Where am I? The Problem of Localisation and Mapping In The Ocean


One major obstacle in operating an autonomous underwater robotics platform in the ocean is the question of localisation and mapping. The turbidity, damping and turbulent characteristics of the ocean waves limit the utilization of electromagnetic signals which are pervasively used for terrain or land applications. GPS and RF signals are attenuated significantly. Optical signal faces the problem of high reflectivity which hinders the distance of signal penetration. Hence, the option boiled down to acoustic signal which in itself is saturated with noise. Hence, the talk will embark to discuss some related issues and potential solutions.

Speaker Detail:

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Rizal Arshad (Head of Underwater Control and Robotics Research Group (UCRG), Universiti Sains Malaysia)
  • Biography : Dr. M.R.Arshad is currently an Associate Professor and the deputy dean of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia and with his team of researcher, is also the pioneer of underwater system technology research efforts in Malaysia. The main project for the research group is the development of a fleet of underwater robotics platform that covers nearly the whole water column, i.e. to a maximum depth of 500m. This fleet of underwater robotics platforms consists of, among others, an underwater glider and vertical profiler system. He has also been involved with a number of industry-based research projects such as the development of an intelligent culvert inspection system for highway inspection, and the development of Techno-Centre in one of the technology park in Malaysia. Dr. M.R.Arshad is very interested in investigating the fusion of the natural world with the modern engineering pool of knowledge. This is the reason his group has embarked on the bio-inspired research efforts and the utilization of nature to complement the current robotics system. The multi-disciplinary nature of the research scope is reflected in the groups’ researchers whom came from different technical background. The research group is also currently the secretariat of the National Underwater Research Network (NURN), for Malaysia. His group website is available at