ME PhD student Calvin Kielas-Jensen, advised by Assistant Professor Venanzio Cichella, presented at IROS, one of the largest and most impacting robotics research conferences worldwide.
"At the IROS 2019 conference, I presented my paper titled "BeBOT: Bernstein Polynomial Toolkit for Trajectory Generation". The paper covers a novel discretization scheme for solving trajectory generation problems. Because it has been shown to be computationally efficient, it can be used to generate trajectories for multiple autonomous vehicles while still maintaining safety constraints such as maximum speed and minimum safe distances between vehicles and obstacles. Included with the paper is an open source software toolkit available on GitHub at https://github.com/caslabuiowa/OptimalBezierTrajectoryGeneration. Some potential uses of this research include search and rescue, autonomous delivery, and entertainment (such as the Intel drone light show seen at the Super Bowl and the Olympics).
The conference itself was hosted at the Venetian in Macau, China. While I was there I learned not only more about the state of the art research happening in my field but also a wider range of robotics research. In addition to that, the conference gave me the opportunity to network with other researchers. Because of this networking, I am currently working on a collaboration project."