François Pomerleau

François Pomerleau

Started on
francois.pomerleau@ift.ulaval.ca

Follow me:
Google Scholar Google Scholar
Research Gate Research Gate
Linkedin Linkedin
ORCID ORCID
Publons Publons
ResearcherID ResearcherID
Mendeley Mendeley

François Pomerleau made his debut in research by interacting with the Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency during his studies in computer engineering at Sherbrooke University. He got his Master’s degree (François Michaud’s Lab) from this university in 2009 after a one-year stay at EPFL (Roland Siegwart Lab - Switzerland) where he worked on an autonomous car prototype. He completed his Ph.D. at ETH Zurich (Roland Siegwart’s Lab- Switzerland) in 2013 during which he participated in several robotic deployments in uncontrolled environments, including work with European fire brigades and in alpine lakes. After technology transfer activities at Alstom Inspection Robotics and a stay at Laval University (Philippe Giguère’s Lab), he received a postdoctoral fellowships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to continue his research at the University of Toronto in Mobile Robotics (Tim Barfoot’s Lab). He continued his technological transfer activities as a postdoctoral researcher at Laval University in the Robotics Laboratory (Clément Gosselin’s lab) and worked, in collaboration with the Robotiq company, to develop the Industry 4.0. Since September 2017, he is a professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at Laval University.

His research interests include 3D reconstruction of environments using laser data, autonomous navigation, search and rescue activities, environmental monitoring, trajectory planning and scientific methodology applied to robotics.

Education

Scientific Services

  • Associate editor for the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
  • International program committee member for the Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR)
  • International program committee member for the Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV)
  • Special issue editor for the Journal of Field Robotics Volume 34, Issue 1
  • Regular reviewer for international journals and conferences (e.g., ICRA, IROS, CRV, FSR, JFR, RA-L, TMECH, IJRR, Autonomous Robot)

Associations

  • Distal fellow of the NSERC Canadian Robotics Network (NCRN)
  • Member of the NSERC-CREATE program on collaborative robotics (CoRoM)
  • Member of Research center of robotics, vision and artificial intelligence (CeRVIM)
  • Member of Strategic center of distributed intelligent and shared environments (REPARTI)
  • Junior member of the Order of Engineering of Quebec (OIQ)
  • Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Publications

Journal Articles

  1. McGarey, P., Yoon, D., Tang, T., Pomerleau, F., & Barfoot, T. D. (2018). Field Report: Developing and Deploying a Tethered Robot to Map Extremely Steep Terrain. Journal of Field Robotics, 35(8), 1327–1241. Bibtex source
  2. McGarey, P., MacTavish, K., Pomerleau, F., & Barfoot, T. D. (2017). TSLAM: Tethered simultaneous localization and mapping for mobile robots. The International Journal of Robotics Research, 36(12), 1363–1386. https://doi.org/10.1177/0278364917732639 Bibtex source
  3. Paton, M., Pomerleau, F., MacTavish, K., Ostafew, C. J., & Barfoot, T. D. (2017). Expanding the Limits of Vision-based Localization for Long-term Route-following Autonomy. Journal of Field Robotics, 34(1), 98–122. Bibtex source
  4. Hitz, G., Galceran, E., Garneau, M.-È., Pomerleau, F., & Siegwart, R. (2017). Adaptive continuous-space informative path planning for online environmental monitoring. Journal of Field Robotics, 34(8), 1427–1449. Bibtex source
  5. Paton, M., Pomerleau, F., & Barfoot, T. D. (2016). In the dead of winter: Challenging vision-based path following in extreme conditions. Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics, 113, 563–576. Bibtex source
  6. Pomerleau, F., Colas, F., & Siegwart, R. (2015). A Review of Point Cloud Registration Algorithms for Mobile Robotics. Foundations and Trends in Robotics, 4(1), 1–104. Bibtex source
  7. Krüsi, P., Bücheler, B., Pomerleau, F., Schwesinger, U., Siegwart, R., & Furgale, P. (2015). Lighting-invariant adaptive route following using iterative closest point matching. Journal of Field Robotics, 32(4), 534–564. Bibtex source
  8. Hitz, G., Pomerleau, F., Colas, F., & Siegwart, R. (2015). Relaxing the planar assumption: 3D state estimation for an autonomous surface vessel. International Journal of Robotics Research, 34(13), 1604–1621. Bibtex source
  9. Kubelka, V., Oswald, L., Pomerleau, F., Colas, F., Svoboda, T., & Reinstein, M. (2015). Robust data fusion of multimodal sensory information for mobile robots. Journal of Field Robotics, 32(4), 447–473. Bibtex source
  10. Kruijff, G. J. M., Kruijff-Korbayová, I., Keshavdas, S., Larochelle, B., Janíček, M., Colas, F., … Hlaváč, V. (2014). Designing, developing, and deploying systems to support human-robot teams in disaster response. Advanced Robotics, 28(23), 1547–1570. Bibtex source
  11. Garneau, M.-È., Posch, T., Hitz, G., Pomerleau, F., Pradalier, C., Siegwart, R., & Pernthaler, J. (2013). Short-term displacement of \textitPlanktothrix Rubescens (cyanobacteria) in a pre-alpine lake observed using an autonomous sampling platform. Limnology and Oceanography, 58(5), 1892–1906. Bibtex source
  12. Pomerleau, F., Colas, F., Siegwart, R., & Magnenat, S. (2013). Comparing ICP variants on real-world data sets: Open-source library and experimental protocol. Autonomous Robots, 34(3), 133–148. Bibtex source
  13. Stumm, E., Breitenmoser, A., Pomerleau, F., Pradalier, C., & Siegwart, R. (2012). Tensor-voting-based navigation for robotic inspection of 3D surfaces using lidar point clouds. International Journal of Robotics Research, 31(12), 1465–1488. Bibtex source
  14. Hitz, G., Pomerleau, F., Garneau, M.-E., Pradalier, C., Posch, T., Pernthaler, J., & Siegwart, R. Y. (2012). Autonomous inland water monitoring: Design and application of a surface vessel. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 19(1), 62–72. Bibtex source
  15. Pomerleau, F., Liu, M., Colas, F., & Siegwart, R. (2012). Challenging data sets for point cloud registration algorithms. International Journal of Robotics Research, 31(14), 1705–1711. Bibtex source
  16. Tâche, F., Pomerleau, F., Caprari, G., Siegwart, R., Bosse, M., & Moser, R. (2011). Three-dimensional localization for the MagneBike inspection robot. Journal of Field Robotics, 28(2), 180–203. Bibtex source
  17. Michaud, F., Boissy, P., Labonté, D., Brire, S., Perreault, K., Corriveau, H., … Létourneau, D. (2010). Exploratory design and evaluation of a homecare teleassistive mobile robotic system. Mechatronics, 20(7), 751–766. Bibtex source

Conference Articles

  1. Landry, D., Pomerleau, F., & Giguère, P. (2019). CELLO-3D: Estimating the Covariance of ICP in the Real World. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). PDF Bibtex source
  2. Laconte, J., Debain, C., Chapuis, R., Pomerleau, F., & Aufrere, R. (2019). Lambda-Field: A Continuous Counterpart of the Bayesian Occupancy Grid for Risk Assessment. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Bibtex source
  3. Dandurand, P., Babin, P., Kubelka, V., Giguère, P., & Pomerleau, F. (2019). Predicting GNSS satellite visibility from dense point clouds. In Proceedings of the Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR). Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics. PDF Bibtex source
  4. Babin, P., Dandurand, P., Kubelka, V., Giguère, P., & Pomerleau, F. (2019). Large-scale 3D Mapping of Subarctic Forests. In Proceedings of the Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR). Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics. PDF Slides Bibtex source
  5. Tremblay, J.-F., Béland, M., Pomerleau, F., Gagnon, R., & Giguère, P. (2019). Automatic 3D Mapping for Tree Diameter Measurements in Inventory Operations. In Proceedings of the Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR). Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics. PDF Slides Bibtex source
  6. Laconte, J., Deschênes, S.-P., Labussière, M., & Pomerleau, F. (2019). Lidar Measurement Bias Estimation via Return Waveform Modelling in a Context of 3D Mapping. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). PDF Bibtex source
  7. Pradalier, C., Aravecchia, S., & Pomerleau, F. (2019). Multi-session lake-shore monitoring in visually challenging conditions. In Proceedings of the Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR). Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics. Bibtex source
  8. Babin, P., Giguère, P., & Pomerleau, F. (2019). Analysis of Robust Functions for Registration Algorithms. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). PDF Bibtex source
  9. McGarey, P., Yoon, D., Tang, T., Pomerleau, F., & Barfoot, T. D. (2018). Field Deployment of the Tethered Robotic eXplorer to Map Extremely Steep Terrain. In Proceedings of the Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR). Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (Vol. 5, pp. 303–317). Bibtex source
  10. Tang, T., Yoon, D., Pomerleau, F., & Barfoot, T. D. (2018). Learning a Bias Correction for Lidar-Only Motion Estimation. In Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV). Bibtex source
  11. Daoust, T., Pomerleau, F., & Barfoot, T. D. (2016). Light at the End of the Tunnel: High-Speed, Lidar-Based Train Localization in Challenging Underground Environments. In Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV). Bibtex source
  12. McGarey, P., Mactavish, K., Pomerleau, F., & Barfoot, T. D. (2016). The line leading the blind: Towards nonvisual localization and mapping for tethered mobile robots. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (Vol. 2016-June, pp. 4799–4806). Bibtex source
  13. McGarey, P., Pomerleau, F., & Barfoot, T. D. (2016). System design of a tethered robotic explorer (TReX) for 3D mapping of steep terrain and harsh environments. In Proceedings of the Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR). Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (Vol. 113, pp. 267–281). Bibtex source
  14. Hitz, G., Pomerleau, F., Colas, F., & Siegwart, R. (2015). State Estimation for Shore Monitoring Using an Autonomous Surface Vessel. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER). Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (pp. 745–760). Springer International Publishing. Bibtex source
  15. Paton, M., Pomerleau, F., & Barfoot, T. D. (2015). Eyes in the Back of Your Head: Robust Visual Teach & Repeat Using Multiple Stereo Cameras. In Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV) (pp. 46–53). Bibtex source
  16. Kruijff, G. J. M., Janíček, M., Keshavdas, S., Larochelle, B., Zender, H., Smets, N. J. J. M., … Sulk, M. (2014). Experience in system design for human-robot teaming in urban search and rescue. In Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR) (Vol. 92, pp. 111–125). Bibtex source
  17. Pomerleau, F., Krüsi, P., Colas, F., Furgale, P., & Siegwart, R. (2014). Long-term 3D map maintenance in dynamic environments. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (pp. 3712–3719). Bibtex source
  18. Hitz, G., Gotovos, A., Pomerleau, F., Garneau, M.-E., Pradalier, C., Krause, A., & Siegwart, R. Y. (2014). Fully autonomous focused exploration for robotic environmental monitoring. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (pp. 2658–2664). Bibtex source
  19. Colas, F., Mahesh, S., Pomerleau, F., Liu, M., & Siegwart, R. (2013). 3D path planning and execution for search and rescue ground robots. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 722–727). Bibtex source
  20. Liu, M., Pradalier, C., Pomerleau, F., & Siegwart, R. (2012). The role of homing in visual topological navigation. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 567–572). Bibtex source
  21. Pomerleau, F., Breitenmoser, A., Liu, M., Colas, F., & Siegwart, R. (2012). Noise Characterization of Depth Sensors for Surface Inspections. In Proceedings of the Applied Robotics for the Power Industry (CARPI). Bibtex source
  22. Gemme, S., Gingras, D., Salerno, A., Dupuis, E., Pomerleau, F., & Michaud, F. (2012). Pose Refinement Using ICP Applied to 3-D LIDAR Data for Exploration Rovers. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space. Bibtex source
  23. Liu, M., Colas, F., Pomerleau, F., & Siegwart, R. (2012). A Markov semi-supervised clustering approach and its application in topological map extraction. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 4743–4748). Bibtex source
  24. Liu, M., Pomerleau, F., Colas, F., & Siegwart, R. (2012). Normal estimation for pointcloud using GPU based sparse tensor voting. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO) (pp. 91–96). Bibtex source
  25. Liu, M., Pradalier, C., Pomerleau, F., & Siegwart, R. (2012). Scale-only visual homing from an omnidirectional camera. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (pp. 3944–3949). Bibtex source
  26. Pomerleau, F., Magnenat, S., Colas, F., Liu, M., & Siegwart, R. (2011). Tracking a depth camera: Parameter exploration for fast ICP. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 3824–3829). Bibtex source
  27. Tâche, F., Pomerleau, F., Fischer, W., Caprari, G., Mondada, F., Moser, R., & Siegwart, R. (2010). MagneBike: Compact magnetic wheeled robot for power plant inspection. In Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Applied Robotics for the Power Industry (CARPI). Bibtex source
  28. Pomerleau, F., Colas, F., Ferland, F., & Michaud, F. (2010). Relative Motion Threshold for Rejection in ICP Registration. In Proceedings of the Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR). Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (Vol. 62, pp. 229–238). Bibtex source
  29. Ferland, F., Pomerleau, F., Dinh, C. T. L., & Michaud, F. (2008). Egocentric and exocentric teleoperation interface using real-time, 3D video projection. In Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) (pp. 37–44). Bibtex source

Miscellaneous

  1. Labussière, M., Laconte, J., & Pomerleau, F. (2019). Geometry Preserving Sampling Method based on Spectral Decomposition for 3D Registration. arXiv:1810.01666. Bibtex source
  2. Babin, P., Pomerleau, F., & Giguère, P. (2018). Improving the robustness of registration algorithm in complex environments. Colloque du regroupement FRQNT-REPARTI. Bibtex source
  3. Landry, D., Pomerleau, F., & Giguère, P. (2018). Data-driven covariance estimation of the iterative closest point algorithm. Rendez-vous en intelligence artificielle de Québec. Bibtex source
  4. Gianni, M., Papadakis, P., Pirri, F., Liu, M., Pomerleau, F., Colas, F., … Zender, H. (2011). A unified framework for planning and execution-monitoring of mobile robots. AAAI Workshop - Technical Report. Bibtex source
  5. Pomerleau, F., Lescot, B., Colas, F., Liu, M., & Siegwart, R. (2011). Dataset acquisitions for USAR environment. AAAI Fall Symposium - Technical Report. Bibtex source
  6. Pomerleau, F., & Colas, F. (2010). Evaluation of stereo reconstruction for 3D mapping. 4th International Conference on Cognitive Systems (CogSys). Bibtex source

Theses

  1. Pomerleau, F. (2013). Applied Registration for Robotics: Methodology and Tools for ICP-like Algorithms (PhD thesis). Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich. Bibtex source
  2. Pomerleau, F. (2008). Registration algorithm optimized for simultaneous localization and mapping (Master's thesis). Université de Sherbrooke. Bibtex source