Dr. Demetriou is the director of the Robotics and Automated Systems Lab of Frederick University and the co-director of the Akadimia Rompotikis (Ακαδημία Ρομποτικής) of Frederick University.

 

 
 
Current Projects
Luvomatic Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) for Sea Exploration
Short Project Description
RAS Lab in colaboration with Luvomatic, Ltd, are developing a small remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The project is at the testing phase and the first water tests have been completed.
Funding: Luvomatic, Ltd.
 
Development of a 3D Design Software for Children
Short Project Description
The goal of this project is to develop a three-dimensional CAD application. The target users of this application are students at the K12 level of education. This application that will allow students to present their ideas and to create virtual three-dimensional structures using virtual Engino Toy Systems contruction parts. The program will have libraries of virtual components and users will be able to build complex structures using these virtual components. Libraries will have Engino construction parts and other existing parts that are currently used in the Design and Technology courses at the K12 level of education.
Funding: 2012-2014 - Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation Research Program: “Development of a 3d Design Software for Children” (ΕΠΙΧΕΙΡΗΣΕΙΣ/ΠΡΟΪΟΝ/0311), amount: 206.940€.
 
Development of an All-Terrain Mobile Robot for Surveillance
Short Project Description
The electronics and chassis of the robot have all been completed. The robot has 4 motors controlling the four off road wheels. The robot’s controller is the Beaglebone Black single board computers running the Ubuntu Linux operating system. A motor controller cape is used to control the motors.
The robot will be controlled via Wi-Fi and will be capable of sending back live video. The system will be equipped with 2 cameras (a HD camera and a night vision camera) for real time video feedback.
Custom made web based software is also developed to control the robot via Wi-Fi. The software will allow capturing live video coming back from the cameras of the robot and to control the robot in real time remotely.
Funding: Luvomatic, Ltd.
 

Electronic Device for Measuring Sea Currents

Short Project Description
The prototype has already been developed. Initial tests have been performed in water containers. Final tests in the sea are planned in the beginning of 2014. The system consists of a GPS receiver, an Arduino Single Board Computer and a digital display to show the results. A waterproof floating device will house all the parts.
Funding: Luvomatic, Ltd.
 
 
Completed Projects
Engino Robotics Platform (ERP) Controller
Short Project Description
Frederick University in collaboration with Engino Toy Systems has developed a new robotic system as an extension to the Engino construction toy. The system consists of 2 parts: the Engino Robotics Platform (ERP) box with its peripherals and the Engino Graphical Programming Interface (EGPI). The main objective of the ERP system is to provide effective tool not only for teaching robotics, control systems and technology course but also to be integrated as an instructional tool within the teaching and learning process, aiming to achieve instructional goals. The ERP system is suitable to be used by pre-primary to higher education students.
Funding: 2009-2012 - Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation Research Program: “Robotic Models for Teaching “Control Systems” in Design and Technology” (ΕΠΙΧΕΙΡΗΣΕΙΣ/ΕΦΑΡΜ/0308/60), amount: 170.000€.
 
Object Identification, Classification and Avoidance in 3-D Underwater Automated Surveillance
 
Short Project Description
The central objective of this work was: object identification, classification and avoidance in 3-D underwater automated surveillance. The motivation behind this objective is monitoring and safeguarding wetlands, coastal fisheries and deep water polluted environments, which are among the most valuable national resources. The specific application domain, directly related to the proposed work, is surveying and monitoring Louisiana's wetlands and shallow water fisheries in collaboration with the Southern Science Center (SSC) - previously known as the National Wetlands Research Center - and the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), both located at the University of Southwestern Louisiana's (USL's) research park. The end result was: a detailed methodology / approach for the real-time sensor based autonomous control and navigation of an underwater vehicle, capable of automated surveillance in sensitive environments. The three specific objectives that were accomplished: (a) Development of a detailed architecture for underwater vehicle motion control, (b) Implementation and experimental verification of an already derived total color difference (TCD) measure and total color difference tolerance (TCDT) thresholds for underwater object identification, (c) Enhancement and verification of a recently derived potential based panel method for autonomous vehicle motion planning in a 3-D environments.
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