Torsten Andre

Drone in the sky
Torsten Andre presenting
Multi-robot systems
Network of drones
Cellular Networks
University of Klagenfurt


Autonomous Multi-Robot Systems for Exploration

For a quick overview and audio commentary you may refer to the video.


Questions addressed are how to organize multiple autonomous robots to spatially distribute during exploration to decrease exploration time. What role does communication play? Self distribution is an important research questions to improve reliability and scalability.

Multiple robots exploring.


Communication is vital for the interaction of the multi-robot system. It allows the robots to coordinate, cooperate, or collaborate. Reliable information flow in multi-cast networks allows robots to increase their exploration efficiency.

Cooperative Relaying in Multi-hop Networks

Z1 wireless sensor node

Cooperative relaying allows to significantly reduce the reliability between two communicating entities. A third node, the cooperative relay, overhears a transmission and retransmits on the behalf of the original sender.

We analyze the applicability of cooperative relays in multi-hop and multi-cast networks. Cooperative relays may aid the information flow in large networks while improving the reliability of the data link layer significantly.


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I am a volunteer in the IEEE Austria Section:

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I am co-founder and first chair of the IEEE Student Branch Klagenfurt (SB). The SB was founded in 2011. In its first year the SB won the Most Active Student Branch Award. The SB organizes events, excursions, workshops, presentations for students of the primarily technical department.

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The IEEE is an organization with more than 400,000 members. It is known for its standardization work, such as IEEE 802.11, i.e., WLAN. Additionally, the IEEE organizes conferences, publishes journals.

It is organized in ten regions, where Africa, Asia, and Europe form Region 8. The regions themselves are organized in sections. The Student Branch is a sub organization of the IEEE Austria Section.


Mobile Robot Programming

This course is intended to familiarize students with current issues in multi-robot systems and to give an overview of common problems in robotics.

Students shall solve some of these problems. For example, students are asked to implement a controller that assures that, given an unknown environment, the complete environment is traversed and automatically mapped. While development and testing will be done in simulation, the controllers can be installed on real robots and demonstrated in a real-world environment.


Wireless Sensor Networks

The course "ICT Lab: Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs)" is an introductory class to wireless sensor networks (WSNs). Students learn the basics of WSNs by implementing basic protocols in TinyOS using our Crossbow TelosB devices. Further the basics of IEEE 802.15.4 are covered, a widely spread IEEE standard for low-rate personal area networks (PAN) which is used as basis for ZigBee, ISA100.11a, and WirelessHART.


Wireless Networks

This is the tutorial for the lecture Wireless Networks in which some of the lecture's topics are covered in more detail. Further we will address some contents in a practical manner and cover some additional topics.


Mobile Communications

The course extends the lecture "Mobile Networks" and illustrates basic concepts of mobile systems in modern technologies such as LTE-Advanced. Further the class covers basics of synchronization and illustrates the synchronization algorithms in LTE-Advanced and ISA100.11a.



Check out the video of our multi-robot exploration team on YouTube.

About Torsten

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Torsten Andre is a researcher, author, volunteer, teacher, and many things more. He works at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria at the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems (NES) led by Christian Bettstetter. His research focuses on the organization of multi-robot systems in indoor environments focusing on communication and coordination. Besides theoretical research, application of theoretical work in a test bed of multiple robots is of major importance. He received his diploma degree at RWTH Aachen, Germany at the former Insitute of Communication Networks (ComNets) led by Bernhard Walke. Torsten Andre is founding member of the IEEE Student Branch Klagenfurt and served as its first Chair. He continues his efforts for the IEEE within the IEEE Austria Section as Executive Member and Student Branch Coordination officer.