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Education:   2019 - B.Tech (=B.Sc.) Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
     
Website:   https://afxalz.github.io/
     
Research Interests:   Multi-Robot Systems, Swarm robotics
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Publications:  
  1. Afzal Ahmad, Daniel Bonilla Licea, Giuseppe Silano, Tomas Baca and Martin Saska. PACNav: Enhancing Collective Navigation for UAV Swarms in Communication-Challenged Environments . In 2024 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Contribution accepted for discussion at the workshop session: "Breaking Swarm Stereotypes", Yokohama, Japan. May 2024, 1-2. PDF, DOI BibTeX

    @inproceedings{Afzal2024ICRA_WS_CONTRIBUTION_SWARM,
    	author = "Afzal {Ahmad} and Daniel {Bonilla Licea} and Giuseppe {Silano} and Tomas {Baca} and Martin {Saska}",
    	booktitle = {2024 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Contribution accepted for discussion at the workshop session: "Breaking Swarm Stereotypes", Yokohama, Japan},
    	title = "{PACNav: Enhancing Collective Navigation for UAV Swarms in Communication-Challenged Environments }",
    	year = 2024,
    	month = "May",
    	note = {Contribution accepted for discussion at the workshop session: "Breaking Swarm Stereotypes", Yokohama, Japan},
    	pdf = "data/papers/ICRA_2024_WORKSHOP_PACNav.pdf",
    	pages = "1-2",
    	url = "",
    	doi = ""
    }
    
  2. D Hert, T Baca, P Petracek, V Kratky, R Penicka, V Spurny, M Petrlik, M Vrba, D Zaitlik, P Stoudek, V Walter, P Stepan, J Horyna, V Pritzl, M Sramek, A Ahmad, G Silano, D Bonilla Licea, P Stibinger, T Nascimento and M Saska. MRS Drone: A Modular Platform for Real-World Deployment of Aerial Multi-Robot Systems. Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems 108:1–34, July 2023. URL PDF, DOI BibTeX

    @article{HertJINTHW_paper,
    	author = "{Hert}, D. and {Baca}, T. and {Petracek}, P. and {Kratky}, V. and {Penicka}, R. and {Spurny}, V. and {Petrlik}, M. and {Vrba}, M. and {Zaitlik}, D. and {Stoudek}, P. and {Walter}, V. and {Stepan}, P. and {Horyna}, J. and {Pritzl}, V. and {Sramek}, M. and {Ahmad}, A. and {Silano}, G. and {Bonilla Licea}, D. and {Stibinger}, P. and {Nascimento}, T. and {Saska}, M.",
    	month = "July",
    	title = "{MRS Drone: A Modular Platform for Real-World Deployment of Aerial Multi-Robot Systems}",
    	year = 2023,
    	journal = "Journal of Intelligent {\&} Robotic Systems",
    	publisher = "Springer",
    	pdf = "data/papers/JINT2023Hert.pdf",
    	volume = 108,
    	pages = "1--34",
    	doi = "10.1007/s10846-023-01879-2",
    	issue = 64,
    	url = "https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10846-023-01879-2"
    }
    
  3. Afzal Ahmad, Daniel Bonilla Licea, Giuseppe Silano, Tomas Baca and Martin Saska. PACNav: A Collective Navigation Approach for UAV Swarms Deprived of Communication and External Localization. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 17:1-19, November 2022. URL PDF, DOI BibTeX

    @article{Ahmad2022Bioinspired,
    	author = "{Ahmad}, Afzal and {Bonilla Licea}, Daniel and {Silano}, Giuseppe and {Baca}, Tomas and {Saska}, Martin",
    	journal = "Bioinspiration & Biomimetics",
    	title = "{PACNav: A Collective Navigation Approach for UAV Swarms Deprived of Communication and External Localization}",
    	year = 2022,
    	month = "November",
    	volume = 17,
    	issue = 6,
    	pages = "1-19",
    	issn = "1748-3190",
    	doi = "10.1088/1748-3190/ac98e6",
    	pdf = "data/papers/Bioinspired_Afzal.pdf",
    	url = "https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-3190/ac98e6"
    }
    
  4. Tat’ána Příhodová, Giuseppe Silano, Afzal Ahmad, Vít Krátký, Tomáš Báča, Pavel Petráček, Věra Sasková, Jan Bednář and Martin Saska. 2022 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Summer School on Multi-Robot Systems in Prague [Education]. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine 30(1):104-106, March 2023. URL PDF, DOI BibTeX

    @article{2023_RAM_SummerSchool,
    	author = "Příhodová, Tat’ána and Silano, Giuseppe and Ahmad, Afzal and Krátký, Vít and Báča, Tomáš and Petráček, Pavel and Sasková, Věra and Bednář, Jan and Saska, Martin",
    	journal = "IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine",
    	title = "2022 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Summer School on Multi-Robot Systems in Prague [Education]",
    	year = 2023,
    	volume = 30,
    	number = 1,
    	pages = "104-106",
    	month = "March",
    	doi = "10.1109/MRA.2023.3238213",
    	pdf = "data/papers/2023_RAM_SummerSchool.pdf",
    	url = "https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/10084390"
    }
    
  5. A Ahmad, V Vonasek and M Saska. Cooperative path planning for multiple MAVs operating in unknown environments. In 2020 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), Athens, Greece. September 2020, 661–667. PDF, DOI BibTeX

    @inproceedings{afzal2020Icuas,
    	author = "A. {Ahmad} and V. {Vonasek} and M. {Saska}",
    	booktitle = "2020 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), Athens, Greece",
    	title = "Cooperative path planning for multiple MAVs operating in unknown environments",
    	year = 2020,
    	pages = "661--667",
    	month = "September",
    	doi = "10.1109/ICUAS48674.2020.9213896",
    	pdf = "data/papers/afzal2020Icuas.pdf"
    }
    
  6. A Ahmad, V Walter, P Petracek, M Petrlik, T Baca, D Zaitlik and M Saska. Autonomous Aerial Swarming in GNSS-denied Environments with High Obstacle Density. In 2021 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). June 2021, 570–576. PDF, DOI BibTeX

    @inproceedings{afzal2021Icra,
    	author = "A. {Ahmad} and V. {Walter} and P. {Petracek} and M. {Petrlik} and T. {Baca} and D. {Zaitlik} and M. {Saska}",
    	booktitle = "2021 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)",
    	title = "{Autonomous Aerial Swarming in GNSS-denied Environments with High Obstacle Density}",
    	month = "June",
    	year = 2021,
    	pages = "570--576",
    	organization = "IEEE",
    	doi = "10.1109/ICRA48506.2021.9561284",
    	pdf = "data/papers/afzal2021Icra.pdf"
    }
    
  7. A Dmytruk, T Nascimento, A Ahmad, T Báča and M Saska. Safe Tightly-Constrained UAV Swarming in GNSS-denied Environments. In 2021 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS). 2021, 1391–1399. PDF, DOI BibTeX

    @inproceedings{dmytruk2021safe,
    	author = "A. {Dmytruk} and T. {Nascimento} and A. {Ahmad} and T. {Báča} and M. {Saska}",
    	booktitle = "2021 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS)",
    	title = "Safe Tightly-Constrained UAV Swarming in GNSS-denied Environments",
    	year = 2021,
    	pages = "1391--1399",
    	doi = "10.1109/ICUAS51884.2021.9476794",
    	pdf = "data/papers/dmytruk2021safe.pdf"
    }