Laurent WALLE is the business manager for Defence & Europe R&D activities of the Homeland & Security Dept of Cybernetix, aiming at developing new markets, innovating in the main activity fields of Defence & Transport. He joined Cybernetix in 1999 in the Vision Dept where he developed contact less vision systems in various domains such as railway inspection systems, semiconductors inspection, smart cards production, glass checking, … He gained there specific expertise in the vision field but also in complex real time system integration since the multi-disciplinary projects required an overall view and control. Since 2003, he joined the mobile robotics team where he managed the development of specific remote control systems for military systems. He also took part in expertise or development of transport systems in several European projects.
The article presents an original command and control architecture, realized for French MoD (DGA), aiming at operating any robot through a low level controller acting as an abstraction layer between actuators and high level orders, whilst ensuring liability of the remotely operated system as well as allowing high level mechanisms to help the operator in assisted mode or to plan semi or fully autonomous mobility actions while the operator concentrates on its inspection or observation mission, with the ability to keep the control of the machine in any case. The Man Machine Interface has also been a big achievement for this project since profile settings allow all controls to be fully configurable and being instantly modified, adjusted, new functions added. Lastly, a brief description of the company is provided to know more about Cybernetix.