Ferdinando Milella

Ferdinando Milella
University of Salford · School of Computing, Science and Engineering

PhD

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March 2016 - November 2016
University of Salford
Position
  • Research Project Manager
June 2013 - March 2016
University of Liverpool
Position
  • Research Team Leader

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Publications (17)
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Objective and subjective measures of performance in virtual reality environments increase as more sensory cues are delivered and as simulation fidelity increases. Some cues (colour or sound) are easier to present than others (object weight, vestibular cues) so that substitute cues can be used to enhance informational content in a simulation at the...
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Multisensory substitute feedback in VR. (MP4)
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Images are difficult to classify and annotate but the availability of digital image databases creates a constant demand for tools that automatically analyze image content and describe it with either a category or a set of variables. Ultrasound Imaging is very popular and is widely used to see the internal organ(s) condition of the patient. The main...
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The aim of this study was to investigate whether augmented cues that have previously been shown to enhance performance and user satisfaction in VR training translate into performance improvements in real environments. Subjects were randomly allocated into 3 groups. Group 1 were trained to perform a real tyre change, group 2 were trained in a conven...
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The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of visual, haptic and audio sensory cues on participant's sense of presence and task performance in a highly immersive virtual environment. Participants were required to change a wheel of a (virtual) racing car in the 3D environment. Subjective ratings of presence and comfort were recorded using the...
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The Automotive Industry has been actively investigating how Virtual Reality (VR) hardware and software platforms could provide new enhanced design tools since the end of the nineties, when DaimslerChrysler AG produced DBView, one the first software platforms for immersive visualisation and manufacturing simulations used in Automotive, featuring hig...
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The growing importance of manufacturing SMEs within the European economy, in terms of Gross Domestic Product and number of jobs, emphasizes the need of proper ICT tools to support their competitiveness. Major ICT players already offer one-does-all Product Lifecycle Management suites, however, these do show consistent shortcomings in terms of SME ac...
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The current challenges in manufacturing engineering are the integration of the product/process/factory worlds (data and tools) and the synchronization of their lifecycles. Major ICT players already offer all-comprehensive Product Lifecycle Management suites supporting most of the processes. However, they do not offer all the required functionaliti...
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Parallel machines are increasingly used in a large number of applications. Currently there is no commercial software able to provide a user-friendly and effective environment for simulating and modelling the wide variety of kinematic arrangements in which parallel mechanisms can be designed. In order to provide such a tool a technique to model and...
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A new control strategy for joint trajectory tracking of robot manipulators is proposed in this paper. The design of the position control system for each joint is based on state feedback technique with two feedforward actions compensating the modelled joint drive system dynamics and the equivalent disturbance, respectively. The independent state fee...
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One of the major outcomes of the EPSRC/British Aerospace supported project “Enabling Tactile Technology Environments”, was the Reactabot, a three degree of freedom force feedback device which provides tactual/kinaesthetic feedback to an operator via a surrogate object. Systems of this nature exhibit unwanted oscillatory behaviour and eventually ins...
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A new control strategy for robotic manipulators is proposed in this paper. The position control system design is based on a joint local PD control technique with a feedforward compensation term. The PD controller is designed considering a flrst-order linear reference model for each joint. The controller gains are tuned on average values of the iner...

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The project concept is here summarized in 4 points: 1 - Development of a Reference Model for factory planning The current phase-based reference model of factory planning is analyzed. A new planning framework, allowing parallel planning phases is foreseen. It will provide a consistent data platform (“information market place”), intelligent project management support systems and the visualization of cross-links and interconnections between planning objects through a virtual prototype. Factory = Product allows the application of existing product lifecycle management tools and methods onto the factory. Its main activity is the development of a Factory Data Model for buildings, processes, resources and products. 2 - Development of the VF Manager core The VF Manager describes each element composing the manufacturing environment and their relations in order to perform a specific required activity. The VF manager guarantees data consistency and availability to any Functional Modules. The representation of this common space is based on the Factory Data Model. 3 - Development of the decoupled Functional Modules The Functional Modules implement various tools and services for factory design, reconfiguration, evaluation, management, any functional module respecting the interfaces defined by the VF manager and based on the Factory Data Model can be integrated. The VFF project develops some of the key components of this modular approach: expected results in VFF project are collaborative customer-driven VF tools (based on the new paradigm of seeing the factory as a product) for cost-effective and rapid creation, management and use of complex knowledge-based Factories. 4 - Development of the Knowledge repository and Good Practice VFF develops semantically enriched taxonomy rules in order to properly structure the knowledge recorded in all dimensions of the manufacturing enterprise. These rules will enable the systematic classification of all factory elements facilitating the modeling of complex systems and eventually enabling the examination of the factory as a product. The formalized knowledge will integrate strategies in order to adapt to fluctuating market demands, capacity planning methods, demand profiles and forecasts, modern business models and more. Towards this objective, this activity will introduce the capability to interrelate data from different sources through intelligent algorithms.