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Professor Jacques Penders

Head of the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research


Summary

Professor Jacques Penders was awarded an MEng in Landscape Architecture by RHSTL, Boskoop, an MSc in Philosophy and an MSc in Mathematics by the University of Amsterdam, and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence by the University of Maastricht.

He is currently the head of the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research (CARR). He is also the Deputy Director of Sheffield Robotics.

He has published on Swarm Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Multimedia retrieval and AI, Logistics and AI and on the Privacy aspects of Communication Traffic Data. His research interests are Swarm robotics and Human Robot Interaction for challenging environments.

About

Prof Jacques Penders joined Sheffield Hallam in 2003. He is currently the head of the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research (CARR). He is also the Deputy Director of Sheffield Robotics, a collaboration between Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield. Sheffield Robotics includes besides CARR, the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University as well as Control Engineering, Computing and Psychology at the University of Sheffield.

Jacques was awarded an MEng in Landscape Architecture by RHSTL, Boskoop, The Netherlands, an MSc in Philosophy and an MSc in Mathematics by the University of Amsterdam, and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence by the University of Maastricht. He held a teaching position at the University of Amsterdam, and several research and (international) management positions at KPN Research. He has published in international journals and conference proceedings on the subjects of Swarm Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Multimedia retrieval and AI, Logistics and AI and on the Privacy aspects of Communication Traffic Data. Jacques's current research interest is in Natural Agents and Robotics and Human Robot Interaction, he currently pursues two tracks

  • Exploring the basic fabric of group behaviour by modelling groups of natural organisms and implementing groups of artificial agents, the latter includes swarm robotics and its application in Field Robotics
  • Understanding the Communicational Landscape for tactile/haptic Human-Robot interaction for challenging environments as they occur for instance in Urban Search and Rescue

Mobile Robotics, Swarm Robotics, Human Robot Interaction, Field Robotics

Publications

Journal articles

Moschetti, A., Cavallo, F., Esposito, D., Penders, J., & Di Nuovo, A. (2019). Wearable sensors for human–robot walking together. Robotics, 8 (2), 38. http://doi.org/10.3390/robotics8020038

Guo, J., Bamber, T., Singh, J., Manby, D., Bingham, P., Justham, L., ... Jackson, M. (2017). Experimental study of a flexible and environmentally stable electroadhesive device. Applied Physics Letters, 111 (25), 251603. http://doi.org/10.1063/1.4995458

Bamber, T., Guo, J., Singh, J., Bigharaz, M., Petzing, J., Bingham, P., ... Jackson, M. (2017). Visualization methods for understanding the dynamic electroadhesion phenomenon. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 50, 205304. http://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6463/aa6be4

Ranasinghe, A., Sornkarn, N., Dasgupta, P., Althoefer, K., Penders, J., & Nanayakkara, T. (2015). Salient features of haptic based guidance of people with limited vision using hard reins. IEEE Transactions on cybernetics, 46 (2), 568-579. http://doi.org/10.1109/TCYB.2015.2409772

Penders, J. (2014). The rise of the robots. UKSPA Innovation Into Success, 35. http://scienceparks.co.uk/

Haynes, P., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2012). Dynamic graph-based search in unknown environments. Journal of Discrete Algorithms, 12, 2-13. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jda.2011.06.004

Penders, J., & Alboul, L. (2012). Emerging robot swarm traffic. International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics, 5 (3), 312-339. http://doi.org/10.1108/17563781211255871

Penders, J., Alboul, L., Prescott, T., Groß, R., Melhuish, C., & Witkowski, M. (2012). TAROS2011. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 60 (11), 1355. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.robot.2012.09.008

Penders, J., Alboul, L., Witkowski, U., Naghsh, A., Saez-Pons, J., Herbrechtsmeier, S., & Habbal, M.E. (2011). A robot swarm assisting a human fire-fighter. Advanced Robotics, 25 (1-2), 93-117. http://doi.org/10.1163/016918610X538507

Saez-Pons, J., Alboul, L., Penders, J., & Nomdedeu, L. (2010). Multi-robot team formation control in the GUARDIANS project. Industrial Robot, 37 (4), 372-383. http://doi.org/10.1108/01439911011044831

Holloway, A.F., Nabok, A., Hashim, J., & Penders, J. (2010). The use of calixarene thin films in the sensor array for VOCs detection and olefactory navigation. Sensors and transducers, 113 (2), 71-81. http://www.sensorsportal.com/HTML/DIGEST/Editorial_board.htm

Penders, J. (2010). Robot revolution: Robots for use at major incidents are being developed by Sheffield Hallam University and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Fire Risk Management, (MARCH), 55-56.

Penders, J. (2004). Privacy in (mobile) telecommunications services. Ethics and Information Technology, 6 (4), 247-260. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10676-005-5605-9

Conference papers

Ghosh, A., Penders, J., & Soranzo, A. (2020). Haptic directional information for spatial exploration. In The 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication, New Delhi, India, 14 October 2019 - 18 October 2019. IEEE: http://doi.org/10.1109/RO-MAN46459.2019.8956428

Haire, M., Xu, X., Alboul, L., Penders, J., & Zhang, H. (2019). Ship Hull Repair Using A Swarm Of Autonomous Underwater Robots: A Self-Assembly Algorithm. ECMR 2019 (European Conference on Mobile Robotics). http://doi.org/10.1109/ECMR.2019.8870910

Haire, M., Xu, X., Alboul, L., Penders, J., & Zhang, H. (2019). Ship hull inspection using a swarm of autonomous underwater robots: a Search algorithm. 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR). http://doi.org/10.1109/SSRR.2019.8848963

Dawes, F., Penders, J., & Carbone, G. (2018). Remote control of a robotic hand using a leap sensor. In Proceedings of the Second International Conference of IFToMM ITALY, (pp. 332-341). Cham, Switzerland: Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03320-0_36

Penders, J., Wang, J., Bhowmik, D., Di Nuovo, A., Soranzo, A., Rolph, J., ... Cameron, D. (2018). Robots claiming space: gauging public reaction usingcomputer vision techniques. In Giuliani, M., Assaf, T., & Giannaccini, M.E. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems: 19th annual conference, TAROS 2018 proceedings, (pp. 468-470). Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96728-8

Sayed, M., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2017). Functional design methodology for customised anthropomorphic artificial hands. In Chrisley, R., Muller, V.C., Sandamirskaya, Y., & Vincze, M. (Eds.) EUCognition 2016 : Cognitive Robot Architectures, (pp. 62-63). CEUR-WS: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1855/EUCognition_2016_Part20.pdf

Janani, A., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2016). Multi-Agent Cooperative Area Coverage: Case Study Ploughing (Extended Abstract). AAMAS, 1397-1398. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2936924

Cooper, C., Procter, P., & Penders, J. (2016). Dementia and robotics: people with advancing dementia and their carers driving an exploration into an engineering solution to maintaining safe exercise regimes. In Sermeus, W., Procter, P., & Webster, P. (Eds.) Nursing informatics 2016, eHealth for all : entry level collaboration - from project to realization, (pp. 545-552). IOS Press: http://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-658-3-545

Janani, A.-.R., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2016). Multi robot cooperative area coverage, case study: spraying. In Alboul, L., Damian, D., & Aitken, J.M. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems : 17th annual conference, TAROS 2016, Sheffield, UK, June 26-July 1, 2016, Proceedings, (pp. 165-176). Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40379-3_17

Elyounnss, M., Holloway, A., Penders, J., & Alboul, L. (2016). Development of an intelligent robotic rein for haptic control and interaction with mobile machines. In Alboul, L., Damian, D., & Aitken, J.M. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems, 17th Annual Conference, TAROS 2016, Sheffield, UK, June 26--July 1, 2016, Proceedings, (pp. 111-115). Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40379-3_11

Singh, J., Bingham, P., Penders, J., & Manby, D. (2016). Effects of residual charge on the performance of electro-adhesive grippers. In Alboul, L., Damian, D., & Aitkens, J.M. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems. TAROS 2016, Sheffield, UK, June 26--July 1, 2016, Proceedings, (pp. 327-338). Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40379-3_34

Janani, A.-.R., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2016). Multi-agent cooperative area coverage: case study ploughing. In AAMAS '16 Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multiagent Systems, (pp. 1397-1398). ACM and International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2937178

Penders, J., & Ghosh, A. (2015). Human robot interaction in the absence of visual and aural feedback: Exploring the haptic sense. Procedia computer science, 71, 185-195. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2015.12.197

Ghosh, A., Penders, J., Jones, P.E., & Reed, H. (2014). Experience of using a haptic interface to follow a robot without visual feedback. In Proceedings of the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication. Edinburgh, 25-29 August, (pp. 329-334). IEEE: http://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2014.6926274

Ghosh, A., Alboul, L., Penders, J., Jones, P.E., & Reed, H. (2014). Following a Robot using a Haptic Interface without Visual Feedback. In Seventh International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions, ACHI 2014, Barcelona, Spain, 23 March 2014 - 27 March 2014.

Ranasinghe, A., Penders, J., Dasgupta, P., Althoefer, K., & Nanayakkara, T. (2013). A two party haptic guidance controller via a hard rein. In Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2013 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, (pp. 116-122). IEEE xplore: http://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2013.6696341

Ranasinghe, A., Althoefer, K., Nanayakkara, T., Penders, J., & Dasgupta, P. (2013). An Optimal State Dependent Haptic Guidance Controller via a Hard Rein. In 2013 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, (pp. 2322-2327). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: http://doi.org/10.1109/SMC.2013.397

Jones, P.E., Ghosh, A., Penders, J., & Reed, H. (2013). Towards human technology symbiosis in the haptic mode. II International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology and Design, 307-312. http://www.cmdconf.net/2013/makale/PDF/63.pdf

Penders, J., Jones, P.E., Ranasinghe, A., & Nanayakara, T. (2013). Enhancing trust and confidence in human robot interaction. In UKRE, Sheffield, 25 January 2013 - 3 January 2013.

Penders, J., & Jones, P.E. (2012). Exploring haptic interfacing with a mobile robot without visual feedback. In Herrmann, G., Studley, M., Pearson, M., Conn, A., Melhuish, C., Witkowski, M., ... Vadakkepat, P. (Eds.) TAROS2012, Bristol, 20 August 2012 - 25 August 2012 (pp. 432-433). Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32527-4_46

Saez-Pons, J., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2011). Experiments in cooperative human multi-robot navigation. Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. http://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2011.5980592

Alboul, L., Abdul-Rahman, H., Haynes, P., Penders, J., & Tharin, J. (2010). An approach to multi-robot site exploration based on principles of self-organisation. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 6425 (Part 2), 717-729. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-16587-0_65

Baudoin, Y., Doroftei, D., De Cubber, G., Berrabah, S.A., Colon, E., Pinzon, C., ... Penders, J. (2010). VIEW-FINDER: ROBOTICS ASSISTANCE TO FIRE-FIGHTING SERVICES. MOBILE ROBOTICS-SOLUTIONS AND CHALLENGES, 397-406. http://doi.org/10.1142/9789814291279_0050

Çayırpunar Ömer, Ö., Gazi,, V., Tavlı, B., Witkowski, U., & Penders, J. (2010). Experimental Study on the Effects of Communication on Cooperative Search in Complex Environments. In Baudoin, Y., & Habib, M. (Eds.) Using robots in hazardous environments, (pp. 535-557). Oxford: Woodhead Publishing

Naghsh, A., Saez-Pons, J., Penders, J., Gancet, J., Motard, E., Nomdedeu, L., ... Sebastia, R. (2010). Remote and in-situ multirobot interaction for firefighters interventions under smoke conditions. IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), 109-115. http://doi.org/10.3182/20101005-4-ro-2018.00036

Marjovi, A., Marques, L., & Penders, J. (2009). Guardians Robot Swarm Exploration and Firefighter Assistance. In IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems, St Louis, MO, USA, 2009.

Alboul, L., Saez-Pons, J., Penders, J., & Nomdedeu, L. (2009). Challenges of the multi-robot team in the GUARDIANS project. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 5928 LNAI, 112-125. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-10817-4_11

Nomdedeu, L., Sales, J., Cervera, E., Alemany, J., Sebastia, R., Penders, J., & Gazi, V. (2008). An Experiment on Squad Navigation of Human and Robots. In 10TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONTROL AUTOMATION ROBOTICS & VISION: ICARV 2008, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2008 - 2008 (pp. 1212-1218).

Penders, J. (2008). Awareness, Action and Attention. Computers and Philosophy, an International Conference, Proceedings, 3-5 May 2006 Laval France. http://www.lirmm.fr/ecap08/

Penders, J. (2008). Acting and being aware. Computers and Philosophy, an International Conference, Proceedings, 3-5 May 2006 Laval France. http://www.lirmm.fr/ecap08/

Alboul, L., Saez-Pons, J., & Penders, J. (2008). Mixed human-robot team navigation in the GUARDIANS project. IEEE International Workshop on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics, 95-101.

Penders, J., Alboul, L., & Rodrigues, M. (2004). Modelling interaction patterns and group behaviour in a three-robot team. In TAROS 2004 "Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems", Essex, UK, 6 September 2004 - 8 September 2004. http://www.iis.ee.ic.ac.uk/~taros05/taros04_proceedings_contents.htm

Penders, J., & Braspenning, P.J. (1997). Situated actions and cognition. IJCAI International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2, 1372-1377.

Penders, J., Alboul, L., & Braspenning, P. (1994). Interaction Congenial Autonomous Robots. In Cohn, A.G. (Ed.) ECAI 94, Amsterdam. Wiley

Penders, J.S.J.H. (1994). Conflicts in the spatial interaction of autonomous agents. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 861 LNAI, 397. http://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-58467-6_40

Book chapters

Ghosh, A., Penders, J., Jones, P., Reed, H., & Sorranzo, A. (2015). Exploring haptic feedback for robot to human communication. In Recent Advances on Using Virtual Reality Technologies for Rehabilitation. (pp. 157-163).

Ghosh, A., Penders, J., Jones, P.E., Reed, H., & Soranzo, A. (2014). Exploring haptic feedback for robot to human communication. In Sharkey, P., Pareto, L., Broeren, J., & Rydmark, M. (Eds.) The 10th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, Proceedings. (pp. 309-312). Reading: University of Reading: http://www.icdvrat.org/2014/papers/ICDVRAT2014_SP05_Ghosh_etal.pdf

Saez-Pons, J., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2011). Experiments in cooperative human multi-robot navigation. In Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2011 IEEE International Conference on. (pp. 5615-5621). IEEE Explore: http://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2011.5979769

Çayirpunar, O., Gazi, V., Tavli, B., Cervera, E., Withowski, U., & Penders, J. (2010). Experimental study on the effects of communication on cooperative search in complex environments. In Using Robots in Hazardous Environments: Landmine Detection, De-Mining and Other Applications. (pp. 535-556). http://doi.org/10.1533/9780857090201

Penders, J. (2007). Robot swarming applications. In Donkers, J. (Ed.) Liber Amicorum ter gelegenheid van de 60e verjaardag van Prof.dr. H. Jaap van den Herik. (pp. 227-234). Maastricht, Netherlands: Maastricht ICT Competence Center

Books

Aitken, J.M., Alboul, L., Damian, D., Prescott, T., & Penders, J. (2016). Preface.

Penders, J., Prescott, T., Groß, R., & Alboul, L. (2011). Preface. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-23232-9

Reports

Penders, J. (2014). Robotics Horizon. Not published.

Penders, J. (2010). Viewfinder: final activity report. Sheffield Hallam University, Materials and Engineering Research Institute. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/meri/mmvl/research/projects/viewfinder/

Penders, J. (2010). GUARDIANS final report. Sheffield Hallam University.

Penders, J., Alboul, L., Witkowski, U., Naghsh, A., Saez-Pons, J., Herbrechtsmeier, S., & El-Habbal, M. (2009). GUARDIANS final report part 1 (draft): a robot swarm assisting a human fire fighter. Sheffield Hallam University.

Wheat, J., Fleming, R., Burton, M., Penders, J., Choppin, S., & Heller, B. (2006). Establishing the accuracy and feasibility of Microsoft Kinect in various multi-disciplinary contexts. Sheffield Hallam University for EPSRC Engineering for Life. http://www.depthbiomechanics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/EFL-report.pdf

Theses / Dissertations

Singh, J. (2020). Electro-adhesive gripper component selection for pick and place of commonly used materials. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Penders, J. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00325

Nnanwa, C.P. (2019). Mathematical Analysis in Investment Theory: Applications to the Nigerian Stock Market. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Lyuba, A., & Penders, J. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00220

Janani, A. (2018). Investigation into Swarm-based Cooperative Behaviour in Execution ofOpen Field Agricultural Tasks. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Penders, J. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-24182

Urama, T. (2018). Stochastic calculus and derivatives pricing in theNigerian stock market. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Alboul, L., Ezepue, P., & Penders, J. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00108

Ghosh, A. (2018). Haptic Interaction with a Guide Robot in Zero Visibility. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Penders, J. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00132

Sayed, M. (2016). Simulation-based functional evaluation of anthropomorphic artificial hands. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Alboul, L., & Penders, J.

Wedekind, J. (2012). Efficient implementations of machine vision algorithms using a dynamically typed programming language. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Dutton, K., Penders, J., & Howarth, M.

Saez-Pons, J. (2011). Experiments in human multi-robot systems. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Alboul, L., Penders, J., Chliveros, G., & Naghsh, A.

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