Martin Servin

Martin Servin
Umeå University | UMU · Department of Physics

Associate Professor at Umeå University - Senior Principal Scientist at Algoryx Simulation

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We present a method that uses high-resolution topography data of rough terrain, and ground vehicle simulation, to predict traversability. Traversability is expressed as three independent measures: the ability to traverse the terrain at a target speed, energy consumption, and acceleration. The measures are continuous and reflect different objectives...
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Simulators are essential for developing autonomous control of off-road vehicles and heavy equipment. They allow automatic testing under safe and controllable conditions, and the generation of large amounts of synthetic and annotated training data necessary for deep learning to be applied [1]. Limiting factors are the computational speed and how acc...
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We present a method that uses high-resolution topography data of rough terrain, and ground vehicle simulation, to predict traversability. Traversability is expressed as three independent measures: the ability to traverse the terrain at a target speed, energy consumption, and acceleration. The measures are continuous and reflect different objectives...
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A multiscale model for real-time simulation of terrain dynamics is explored. To represent the dynamics on different scales the model combines the description of soil as a continuous solid, as distinct particles and as rigid multibodies. The models are dynamically coupled to each other and to the earthmoving equipment. Agitated soil is represented b...
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We explore the potential to control terrain vehicles using deep reinforcement in scenarios where human operators and traditional control methods are inadequate. This letter presents a controller that perceives, plans, and successfully controls a 16-tonne forestry vehicle with two frame articulation joints, six wheels, and their actively articulated...
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The reinforcement learning control of an underground loader was investigated in a simulated environment by using a multi-agent deep neural network approach. At the start of each loading cycle, one agent selects the dig position from a depth camera image of a pile of fragmented rock. A second agent is responsible for continuous control of the vehicl...
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Having smart and autonomous earthmoving in mind, we explore high-performance wheel loading in a simulated environment. This paper introduces a wheel loader simulator that combines contacting 3D multibody dynamics with a hybrid continuum-particle terrain model, supporting realistic digging forces and soil displacements at real-time performance. A to...
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We explore the potential to control terrain vehicles using deep reinforcement in scenarios where human operators and traditional control methods are inadequate. This letter presents a controller that perceives, plans, and successfully controls a 16-tonne forestry vehicle with two frame articulation joints, six wheels, and their actively articulated...
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Systems for transport and processing of granular media are challenging to analyse, operate and optimise. In the mining and mineral processing industries, these systems are chains of processes with a complex interplay among the equipment, control and processed material. The material properties have natural variations that are usually only known at c...
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Systems for transport and processing of granular media are challenging to analyse, operate and optimise. In the mining and mineral processing industries these systems are chains of processes with complex interplay between the equipment, control, and the processed material. The material properties have natural variations that are usually only known...
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The discrete element method (DEM) is a versatile but computationally intensive method for granular dynamics simulation. We investigate the possibility of accelerating DEM simulations using graph neural networks (GNN), which automatically support variable connectivity between particles. This approach was recently found promising for particle-based s...
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Forestry machines are heavy vehicles performing complex manipulation tasks in unstructured production forest environments. Together with the complex dynamics of the on-board hydraulically actuated cranes, the rough forest terrains have posed a particular challenge in forestry automation. In this study, the feasibility of applying reinforcement lear...
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Reinforcement learning control of an underground loader is investigated in simulated environment, using a multi-agent deep neural network approach. At the start of each loading cycle, one agent selects the dig position from a depth camera image of the pile of fragmented rock. A second agent is responsible for continuous control of the vehicle, with...
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We investigate the use of reduced-order modelling to run discrete element simulations at higher speeds. Taking a data-driven approach, we run many offline simulations in advance and train a model to predict the velocity field from the mass distribution and system control signals. Rapid model inference of particle velocities replaces the intense pro...
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This paper addresses the challenges of creating realistic models of soil for simulations of heavy vehicles on weak terrain. We modelled dense soils using the discrete element method with variable parameters for surface friction, normal cohesion, and rolling resistance. To find out what type of soils can be represented, we measured the internal fric...
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This paper presents static object detection and segmentation method in videos from cluttered scenes. Robust static object detection is still challenging task due to presence of moving objects in many surveillance applications. The level of difficulty is extremely influenced by on how you label the object to be identified as static that do not estab...
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This paper presents a multi stage 3D shape reconstruction system of multiple object scenes by considering the silhouette inconsistencies in shape-from silhouette SFS method. These inconsistencies are common in multiple view images due to object occlusions in different views, segmentation and shadows or reflection due to objects or light directions....
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Transport and processing of granular media are of the essence in the mining and construction industries. The activities are large consumers of energy, raw material, and involves expensive infrastructure and equipment. Optimization is therefore a continuous ongoing activity but associated with many difficulties. One complicating factor is the natura...
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A multiscale model for real-time simulation of terrain dynamics is explored. To represent the dynamics on different scales the model combines the description of soil as a continuous solid, as distinct particles and as rigid multibodies. The models are dynamically coupled to each other and to the earthmoving equipment. Agitated soil is represented b...
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A multiscale model for real-time simulation of terrain dynamics is explored. To represent the dynamics on different scales the model combines the description of soil as a continuous solid, as distinct particles and as rigid multibodies. The models are dynamically coupled to each other, and to the earthmoving equipment. Agitated soil is represented...
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This paper addresses the challenges of creating realistic models of soil for simulations of heavy vehicles on weak terrain. We modelled dense soils using the discrete element method with variable parameters for surface friction, normal cohesion, and rolling resistance. To find out what type of soils can be represented, we measured the internal fric...
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We investigate the use of reduced-order modelling to run discrete element simulations at higher speeds. Taking a data-driven approach, we run many offline simulations in advance and train a model to predict the velocity field from the mass distribution and system control signals. Rapid model inference of particle velocities replaces the intense pro...
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Grinding, i.e. reducing the particle size of mined ore, is often the bottleneck of the mining concentrating process. Thus, even small improvements may lead to large increases in profit. The goal of the grinding circuit is two-sided; to maximize the throughput of ore, and minimize the resulting particle size of the ground ore within some acceptable...
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Design of waste rock barriers forming safety berms for haul trucks requires knowledge of complex interactions which cannot readily be tested by physical means. An advanced numerical model based on non-smooth multi-domain mechanics is presented together with model calibration using limited full-scale experimental data. Waste rock is represented by s...
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This paper presents a multi stage 3D shape reconstruction system of multiple object scenes by considering the silhouette inconsistencies in shape-from-silhouette SFS method. These inconsistencies are common in multiple view images due to object occlusions in different views, segmentation and shadows or reflection due to objects or light directions....
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This paper describes the virtual commissioning of a mobile ore chute for sequential loading of trucks from a conveyor system with a continuous material flow. The design and control were tested in simulation environment and improved prior to its installation in an underground mine in full production. The altered design met the performance goal and t...
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A method for simulation-based development of robotic rock loading systems is described and tested. The idea is to first formulate a generic loading strategy as a function of the shape of the rock pile, the kinematics of the machine and a set of motion design variables that will be used by the autonomous control system. The relation between the load...
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The scientific foundation for constructing virtual environments (VE) that support the development of earthmoving and mining machinery with autonomous capabilities is summarized. It is explained how the physics simulation engine AGX Dynamics support this. Finally, a methodology for computational design exploration of an autonomous load-haul-dump mac...
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A method for simulation of elastoplastic solids in multibody systems with nonsmooth and multidomain dynamics is developed. The solid is discretised into pseudo-particles using the meshfree moving least squares method for computing the strain tensor. The particle’s strain and stress tensor variables are mapped to a compliant deformation constraint....
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The effect on the convergence of warm starting the projected Gauss-Seidel solver for nonsmooth discrete element simulation of granular matter are investigated. It is found that the computational performance can be increased by a factor 2 to 5.
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A method for adaptive model order reduction for nonsmooth discrete element simulation is developed and analysed in numerical experiments. Regions of the granular media that collectively move as rigid bodies are substituted with rigid bodies of the corresponding shape and mass distribution. The method also support particles merging with articulated...
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A method for simulation of elastoplastic solids in multibody systems with nonsmooth and multidomain dynamics is developed. The solid is discretised into pseudo-particles using the meshfree moving least squares method. The particles carry strain and stress tensor variables that are mapped to deformation constraints and constraint forces. The discret...
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The nonsmooth discrete element method (NDEM) have the potential of high computational efficiency for rapid exploration of large design space of systems for processing and transportation of mineral ore. We present parametrization, verification and validation of a simulation model based on NDEM for iron ore green pellet flow in balling circuits. Simu...
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We present a coarse-grained rigid multibody model of a subunit assembled helix-like polymer, e.g., adhesion pili expressed by bacteria, that is capable of describing the polymer's force-extension response. With building blocks representing individual subunits, the model appropriately describes the complex behavior of pili expressed by the gram-nega...
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We present a coarse grained rigid multibody model of a subunit assembled helix-like polymer, e.g., adhesion pili expressed by bacteria, that is capable of describing the polymers force-extension response. With building blocks representing individual subunits the model appropriately describes the complex behavior of pili expressed by the gram-negati...
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The invention relates to a method for simulating dynamic fluids comprising a plurality of pseudo particles. The method comprising the steps of: defining a fluid mass density of the pseudo particle masses; defining a mass density constraint such that the mass density on each pseudo particle is constrained to a reference mass density of a real fluid,...
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The smooth and nonsmooth approaches to the discrete element method (DEM) are examined from a computational perspective. The main difference can be understood as using explicit versus implicit time integration. A formula is obtained for estimating the computational effort depending on error tolerance, system geometric shape and size, and on the dyna...
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We consider the application of a nonsmooth discrete element method to geometric design optimization of a balling drum outlet used in production of iron ore balls. The geometric design optimization problem is based on the need for homogeneous flow of balls from the balling drum onto a wide belt conveyor feeding a roller screen (sieve). An outlet wit...
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A new design for a tracked forestry machine bogie (long track bogie; LTB) on soft and rough terrain is investigated using nonsmooth multibody dynamics simulation. The new bogie has a big wheel that is connected to and aligned with the chassis main axis. A bogie frame is mounted on the wheel axis but left to rotate freely up to a maximum angle and s...
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This study evaluates the productivity of a harvester equipped with a double-crane system for thinning with continuous felling and accumulation of whole small-diameter trees for bioenergy at different levels of automation. The simulations were performed using a discrete event simulation tool that has been developed recently and is specifically desig...
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To increase mechanized planting, planting machine productivity must increase in order to improve cost-efficiency.To determine if excavatorswith two crane arms could potentially help to increase planting machine productivity under Nordic clearcut conditions, we modelled one-armed and semiautomated two-armed excavators with one- and two-headed planti...
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We present a fluid simulation method based on Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) in which incompressibility and boundary conditions are enforced using holonomic kinematic constraints on the density. This formulation enables systematic multiphysics integration in which interactions are modeled via similar constraints between the fluid pseudoparti...
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We describe a method for the visual interactive simulation of wires contacting with rigid multibodies. The physical model used is a hybrid combining lumped elements and massless quasistatic representations. The latter is based on a kinematic constraint preserving the total length of the wire along a segmented path which can involve multiple bodies...
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Semi-autonomous operation with shared control between the human operator and control computer has been developed and examined for a large-scale manipulator for gripping and lifting heavy objects in unstructured dynamical environments. The technique has been implemented on an electro-hydraulic actuated crane arm with redundant kinematic structure. S...
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The present paper addresses real-time simulation of cables for virtual environments. A faithful physical model based on constrained rigid bodies is introduced and discretized. The performance and stability of the numerical method are analyzed in details and found to meet the requirements of interactive heavy hoisting simulations. The physical model...
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Abstract A technique for real-time simulation of hoisting cable systems based on a multibody nonideal constraint is presented. The hoisting cable constraint is derived from the cable internal energies for stretching and twisting. Each hoisting cable introduces two constraint equations, one for stretching and one for torsion, which include all the r...
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A novel, fast, stable, physics-based numerical method for interac- tive simulation of elastically deformable objects is prese nted. Start- ing from elasticity theory, the deformation energy is modeled in terms of the positions of point masses using the linear shape func- tions of finite element analysis, providing for an exact corr espon- dence bet...
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A new nonlinear electromagnetic wave mode in a magnetized plasma is predicted. Its existence depends on the interaction of an intense circularly polarized electromagnetic wave with a plasma, where quantum electrodynamical photon--photon scattering is taken into account. This scattering gives rise to a new coupling between the matter and the radiati...
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Self-phase modulation of spherical gravitational wavepackets propagating in a flat space-time in the presence of a tenuous distribution of matter is considered. Analogies with respect to similar effects in nonlinear optics are explored. Self phase modulation of waves emitted from a single source can eventually lead to an efficient energy dilution o...
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Recently Mendonca and Cardoso [Phys. Rev. D, vol. 66, 104009 (2002)] considered nonlinear gravitational wave packets propagating in flat space-time. They concluded that the evolution equation - to third order in amplitude - takes a similar form to what arises in nonlinear optics. Based on this equation, the authors found that nonlinear gravitationa...
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In magnetized plasmas gravitational and electromagnetic waves may interact coherently and exchange energy between themselves and with plasma flows. We derive the wave interaction equations for these processes in the case of waves propagating perpendicular or parallel to the plasma background magnetic field. In the latter case, the electromagnetic w...
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The exact 1+3 covariant dynamical fluid equations for a multi-component plasma, together with Maxwell's equations are presented in such a way as to make them suitable for a gauge-invariant analysis of linear density and velocity perturbations of the Friedmann-Robertson-Walker model. In the case where the matter is described by a two component plasm...
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An analytical model for nonlinear volume oscillations in a bounded cold plasma is developed. Although here the familiar propagating wave solutions do not exist, exact nonlinear standing waves subject to appropriate boundary conditions can nevertheless be found. The behaviors of the electrons and ions are described self-consistently in terms of Lagr...
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Generation of wake fields by a short electromagnetic pulse in a plasma with an inhomogeneous background magnetic field and density profile is considered, and a wave equation is derived. Transmission and reflection coefficients are calculated in a medium with sharp discontinuities. Particular attention is focused on examples where the longitudinal p...
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We study the propagation of gravitational waves in a collisionless plasma with an external magnetic field parallel to the direction of propagation. Due to resonant interaction with the plasma particles the gravitational wave experiences cyclotron damping or growth, the latter case being possible if the distribution function for any of the particle...
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In the presence of an external magnetic field, wake fields generated by a short laser pulse can propagate out of the plasma, and thereby provide information about the electron density profile. A method for reconstructing the density profile from a measured wake field spectrum is proposed and a numerical example is given. Finally, we compare our pro...
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We consider propagation of gravitational radiation in a magnetized multicomponent plasma. It is shown that large density perturbations can be generated, even for small deviations from flat space, provided the cyclotron frequency is much larger than the plasma frequency. Furthermore, the induced density gradients can generate frequency conversion of...
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We consider the parametric excitation of Alfven waves by gravitational radiation propagating on a Minkowski background, parallel to an external magnetic field. As a starting point, standard ideal MHD equations incorporating the curvature of space-time has been derived. The growth rate of the Alfven waves has been calculated, using the normal mode a...
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Fast and stable simulation of granular matter and machines is achieved through a unified model for particles, fluids and rigid bodies based on constraint multibody systems and using dynamic resolution.
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We present work-in-progress of applying simulator technology for developing, demonstrating and evaluating new machine concepts and work methods in off-road environments. In particular we consider a new concept machine for making efficient biomass harvesting in the process of thinning in dense forest stands and we describe how this machine concept i...

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