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Zhi Yan

Maître de conférences (Assistant Professor)

Laboratoire Electronique Informatique Image (Le2i)
University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM)
90010 Belfort cedex
France
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Biography

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Laboratoire Electronique Informatique Image (Le2i) at the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM). From 2016 to 2017, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) at the University of Lincoln, working on the Horizon 2020 project FLOBOT. From 2013 to 2015, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the CAR Team at the École des Mines de Douai. In 2012, I received my Ph.D. from the Paris 8 University. My research interests are in autonomous vehicles, robot perception, and multi-robot systems.

Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, IROS'17, IROS'16, IROS'14, RO-MAN'17.
Technical committee member of the IEEE-RAS Multi-Robot Systems.
Former member of the L3M robot soccer team.
My Erdös number is at most 7.


Research

Robot Perception: multisensor data fusion, human detection and tracking, thermal image analysis.

Multi-Robot Systems: planning, coordination, benchmarking, simulation, object transportation, exploration and mapping.

Robots: Pioneer 3-AT, robuLAB-10, NAO.

Sensors: Velodyne VLP-16 3D LiDAR, Optris PI-450 thermal imager, ASUS Xtion RGB-D camera, HOKUYO UTM-30LX 2D range finder, SICK S300 2D range finder, KODAK PIXPRO SP360 Action Camera.


Awards


Publications

Chapters in book

[1]  Nicola Bellotto, Serhan Cosar, and Zhi Yan. Human detection and tracking. In Marcelo Ang, Oussama Khatib, and Bruno Siciliano, editors, Encyclopedia of Robotics, submitted. [BibTeX | PDF]

Refereed journal articles

[3]  Zhi Yan, Luc Fabresse, Jannik Laval, and Noury Bouraqadi. Building a ROS-based Testbed for Realistic Multi-robot Simulation: Taking the Exploration as an Example. Robotics, 6(3):1-21, September 2017. [BibTeX | PDF]
[2]  Zhi Yan, Luc Fabresse, Jannik Laval, and Noury Bouraqadi. Benchmarking des performances de systèmes multirobots. Application à l'exploration. Revue d'Intelligence Artificielle, 30(1-2):211-236, 2016. [BibTeX | PDF | Video]
[1]  Zhi Yan, Nicolas Jouandeau, and Arab Ali Cherif. A survey and analysis of multi-robot coordination. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 10(399):1-18, December 2013. [BibTeX | PDF]

Refereed conference papers

[10]  Zhi Yan, Tom Duckett, and Nicola Bellotto. Online learning for human classification in 3D LiDAR-based tracking. In Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Vancouver, Canada, September 2017. [BibTeX | PDF | Code | Dataset | Video1 | Video2]
[9]  Zhi Yan, Luc Fabresse, Jannik Laval, and Noury Bouraqadi. Metrics for performance benchmarking of multi-robot exploration. In Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pages 3407-3414, Hamburg, Germany, September 2015. [BibTeX | PDF | Video]
[8]  Zhi Yan, Luc Fabresse, Jannik Laval, and Noury Bouraqadi. Benchmarking de performance pour l'exploration multi-robots. In Proceedings of the Vingt-troisièmes Journées Francophones sur les Systèmes Multi-Agents (JFSMA), pages 9-18, Rennes, France, June 2015. [BibTeX | PDF]
[7]  Zhi Yan, Luc Fabresse, Jannik Laval, and Noury Bouraqadi. Team size optimization for multi-robot exploration. In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Simulation, Modeling, and Programming for Autonomous Robots (SIMPAR), pages 438-449, Bergamo, Italy, October 2014. [BibTeX | PDF]
[6]  Zhi Yan, Nicolas Jouandeau, and Arab Ali Cherif. Sampling-based multi-robot motion planning. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), pages 549-554, Reykjavík, Iceland, July 2013. [BibTeX | PDF]
[5]  Zhi Yan, Nicolas Jouandeau, and Arab Ali Cherif. Multi-robot heuristic goods transportation. In Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Systems (IS), pages 409-414, Sofia, Bulgaria, September 2012. [BibTeX | PDF | Video]
[4]  Zhi Yan, Nicolas Jouandeau, and Arab Ali Cherif. On the problem of task planning in multi-robot systems. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), pages 423-426, Rome, Italy, July 2012. [BibTeX | PDF]
[3]  Zhi Yan, Nicolas Jouandeau, and Arab Ali Cherif. ACS-PRM: Adaptive cross sampling based probabilistic roadmap for multi-robot motion planning. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS), pages 843-851, Jeju Island, Korea, June 2012. [BibTeX | PDF]
[2]  Zhi Yan, Nicolas Jouandeau, and Arab Ali Cherif. Multi-robot decentralized exploration using a trade-based approach. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), pages 99-105, Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands, July 2011. [BibTeX | PDF]
[1]  Zhi Yan, Nicolas Jouandeau, and Arab Ali Cherif. Sampling-based multi-robot exploration. In Proceedings of the Joint 41st International Symposium on Robotics and 6th German Conference on Robotics (ISR/ROBOTIK), pages 44-49, Munich, Germany, June 2010. [BibTeX | PDF]

Thesis

[1]  Zhi Yan. Contributions à la coordination de tâches et de mouvements pour un système multi-robots. PhD thesis, Paris 8 University, December 2012. [BibTeX | PDF]

Teaching

Paris 8 University


Games

ClickShoot2009 is a mobile game that I developed for Extra Live (France) company in 2008. This 2.5D football game, developed in J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition), has two game modes: quick play mode and championship mode. Quick play mode allows starting a single match with two different teams. Championship mode takes place in two phases: qualifiers and finals. 32 teams are available and different abilities of opponents have been defined in this game.

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Dodgeball2008 is a mobile game that I developed for Extra Live (France) company in 2007. This 3D dodgeball game, developed in J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition), has two game modes: solo mode and tournament mode. 8 avatars are available and different abilities of opponents have been defined in this game. In order to improve the gameplay, a bonus system was devised which allows the player and the computer opponent to get special skills by throwing a ball on the mobile icon appearing in the field.

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