MEMS Seminar: Evaluation of Swarm Pattern Dynamics Using Miniature Autonomous Blimps

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:00pm

Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side A, room 1464

Don Sofge | U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

This project explores the production of self-organized states in a system of communicating robots (miniature autonomous blimps) with massand physical extent (area or volume) such that collisions may occur. Specifically, we perform experiments to enable a formationof communicating robots to form a pattern maintained just by interacting communication rules. We study the effects of variation of controllingparameters including mass, area, and communication with number of nearest neighbors on swarm dynamics and pattern formation as agentscollide and are removed. All collisions are considered catastrophic. Collisions may be reduced or avoided through use of a repulsion termbetween agents, but we confirm that this repulsion term affects the swarm dynamics as well. Repulsion also affects the rate of attrition of swarmagents. Don Sofge is a Computer Scientist and Roboticist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with 30 years of experience in ArtificialIntelligence and Control Systems R&D. He has served as PI or Co-PI on dozens of federally funded R&D programs, and has approximately 110peer-reviewed publications on autonomy, intelligent control, quantum computing, and related topics, including 5 books, 10 book chapters,19 journal articles, 62 conference papers, and one patent.Lunch will be served at 11:30 am. Hosted by Dr. Mary 'Missy' Cummings.

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