On-going projects

PHRIENDS - IST-FP6 - ( PHRIENDS is about developing key components of the next generation of robots, including industrial robots and assist devices, designed to share the environment and to physically interact with people. Our work aims at advancing the state of the art in robot motion planning and control to enable applications that require intrisically safe physical human-robot interaction

RIS contribution: Motion planning / Human-Aware Motion  / Safety


URUS stands for ”Ubiquituous networking Robotics in Urban Settings”. The goal of this European IST project is to deploy teams of robots in urban pedestrian areas, that cooperate to guide people, to transport goods or to monitor an area. In this project, we are involved in robot/human cooperation, in multi-robot navigation and environment modeling, and in multi-robot issues.

RIS contribution:  Control Architectures, Multi-robot cooperation, Human-Robot Interaction


DEXMART explores all those domains of personal and service robotics where dexterous and autonomous dual-hand manipulation capabilities are required.

RIS contribution: Dexterous manipulation - Human-Aware Motion


The CHRIS project  addresses the fundamental issues which would enable safe Human Robot Interaction (HRI) and more specifically the problem of a human and a robot performing co-operative tasks in a co-located space.

RIS contribution:  Human-Robot Interaction - Cognitive architecture - Cooperative Manipulation


The PEA Action is a DGA founded project, that involves LAAS and Onera. The objective of the project is to study the localization problem within teams of heterogeneous robots, arial, terrestrial and marine (USVs and AUVs). “Localization” is here to be understood in its largest acceptation: the issue is to localize the various vehicles of the system, moving targets and to map the environment. Architecture and planning issues are of course also main concerns in the project.

RIS contribution: Control Architectures - Multi-robot cooperation - Perception and Environment Modeling

CARE Coordination Action for Robotics in Europe (IST-FP6) (

The objective of Coordination Action for Robotics in Europe, CARE, is to coordinate the actions and initiatives in the field of robotics in Europe for the first three years of the Framework Programme 7 (FP7).

RIS contribution: contribution to the Roadmap


Tarot (“Technologies pour l’Autonomie des Robots Terrestres”) is a DGA founded project that consists in integrating on-board an open-terrain robot several motion modes that corresponds to various autonomy levels, from safeguarded teleoperation to autonomous obstacle avoidance. Within this project, the group is a subcontractor of the Thales TOSA company, and participates to technology transfers.

RIS contribution: -Perception and Environment Modeling - Navigation

ROSACE - Fondation STAE - (

The ROSACE project aims at studying and developing means to design, specify, implement and deploy a set of mobile autonomous communicating and cooperating robots with well-established properties particularly in terms of safety, self-healability, ability to achieve a set of missions and  self-adaptation in a dynamic environment.

RIS contribution: Networked cooperative multi-robot systems, Environment modelling, Control Architectures

GOAC Project - ESA  

The Goal Oriented Autonomous Controller (GOAC) is an autonomous controller using a sense-plan-act paradigm to provide increasing levels of autonomy for robotic task achievement. Underlying GOAC is a rich representation that deals with metric time and resources necessary for dealing with planning and execution time uncertainty in dynamic environments. The system’s higher levels of abstraction deal with long-term mission plans that are deliberative; lower levels of abstraction are increasingly reactive.. Additionally a Verification and Validation system ensures compositional correctness by guaranteeing global system properties of system components.

RIS contribution: Conrol Architecture - Robot Software Validation - Planning

2RT-3D - ANR  ( )

The 2RT-3D project deals with methods for the 3D environment reconstruction and scene analysis from range data provided by recent long range Lidar technologies, in a context of autonomous mobility for mobile robots in open outdoor environments.

RIS contribution: Perception and Environment Modeling - Navigation



Fast is an ANR-founded project whose goal is to propose solutions to the issues raised by high speed autonomous navigation in natural, unstructured terrains. Within this project, the group work on visual localization and visual environment modeling, and on obstacle avoidance at high speeds.

RIS contribution:  Perception -  Environment modeling - Navigation


The objective of the AMORCES project is to study decisional and operational human-robot interaction, and more specifically, the impact of verbal and non-verbal communication on the execution of collaborative tasks between a robot and a human partner.

RIS contribution: Human-Robot Interaction  - Cognitive architecture - Manipulation


Etude et développement d’un manipulateur mobile à deux bras pour l’assistance aux handicapés

RIS contribution: Manipulation with two arms - Dexterous manipulation - Human-Aware Motion


The motivation of the Glucodesign project is the computer-aided design of appropriate enzymatic glycosylation tools for the synthesis of vaccines against Shigella flexneri, a bacteria responsible for endemic shigellosis, or bacillary dysentery. This multidisciplinary project combines competencies in glycochemistry, enzyme engineering and protein design. .An innovative molecular modeling approach based on robotic motion planning adapted to molecular simulation will be investigated at LAAS  to develop new computational tool enabling virtual screening of optimized enzymes.

RIS contribution: bioinformatics - molecular motion

MARAE (Méthode et Architecture Robuste pour l’Autonomie dans l’Espace) - FRAE (

MARAE is interested in the software architecture of spatial systems, such as monitoring satellites and autonomous robots.

RIS contribution:  Control Architecture - Robot Software Validation - Planning

SCA2RS (Supervision et Coopération Autonome entre Aéronefs de Recherche et Sauvetage) - FRAE - (

SCA2RS aims at studying control architecture and task planning issues involved in multi-UAV systems for the support of rescue missions.

RIS contribution:  Control Architectures - Multi-robot cooperation

Past (recent) projects

COGNIRON, The Cognitive Robot Companion  (

The overall objectives of COGNIRON was to study the perceptual, representational, reasoning and learning capabilities of embodied robots in human centred environments.

RIS contribution:   HRI - Cognitive architecture - Human aware motion planning

ALMA (Algorithmique du Mouvement et des interactions Macromoléculaires)  with the support of ITAV  (Institut des Technologies Avancées du Vivant )

The aim of this interdisciplinary research project was to develop and validate new, fast and accurate computational methods for the analysis of protein interactions involving conformational changes.

RIS contribution: Molecular motion

AGATA (Architecture Générique pour l'Autonomie, Tests et Application) - CNES (  

The objectives of AGATA involve the development and integration of task and mission planning techniques for the future space autonomous systems.

RIS contribution: Control Architecture - Planning

AMAES (Advanced Methods for Autonomous Embedded Systems) - ANR (

Development and validation of models toi be used for planning and control of embedded autonomous systems.

RIS contribution: -Control Architectures - Validation - Planning

CAVIAR - CAtadioptric VIsion for Aerial Robots - ANR ( 

The aim of the CAVIAR project consists in studying the omnidirectional vision contribution in the frame of aerial robotics in order to perform the mapping and the 3D modeling of an urban environment.

RIS contribution: Perception and Environment Modeling - Navigation

ETHICBOTS , Emerging Technoethics of Human Interaction with Communication, Bionic, and robOTic systems (FP6 Coordination Action)   (

ETHICBOTS objective involved the coordination of a multidisciplinary group of researchers into artificial intelligence, robotics, anthropology, moral philosophy, philosophy of science, psychology, and cognitive science, with the common purpose of identifying and analyzing techno-ethical issues concerning the integration of human beings and artificial (software/hardware) entities.

RIS contribution: Human-robot interaction

ALCHIMIE (Analyse et Logiciel pour la Coopération Hétérogène Interactive MultI-robots Expérimentale) - ANR

Alchimie was a short-term project aimed at the achievement of a multi-robot demonstration. that involved an UAV to asses the feasibility of an itinerary for a heavy UGV, this heavy UGV convoying itself a small teleoperated intervention UGV. The group mainly worked on image processing algorithms to assess the traversability from low altitude aerial images.

RIS contribution: -Perception for UAVs

MOVIE Motion Planning in Virtual Environments

The MOVIE project ran from January 2003 till December 2005. MOVIE was a project in the Information Society Technologies (IST) programme from the European Community under contract number: IST-2001-39250. The overall objective of this project was to develop motion planning techniques that can compute in real time visually-convincing motions for multiple autonomous entities that navigate through complex virtual worlds.

RIS contribution: Motion Planning Algorithms