Colloquium Speaker

Speaker: Tucker Balch
Carnegie Mellon University
Topic:Artificial and Natural Colonies
Date:Tuesday, April 10, 2001
Time:11:00 AM
Place:Gould-Simpson, Room 701

Refreshments will be served in the 7th-floor lobby of Gould-Simpson at 10:45 AM


Multi-agent and multi-robot systems promise more reliable and effective solutions to many tasks than individual agent solutions can provide. But how can we build, organize and control large-scale multi-robot systems? To investigate these issues my research is focused along two major thrusts: (1) building large-scale multi-robot systems, and (2) observing and modeling live multi-agent systems. By building physical multi-agent systems, we are able to empirically explore critical issues like communication, distributed sensor fusion and cooperation. By observing and modeling live multi-agent systems (such as social insect colonies), we can gain insight into how successful multi-agent systems are organized.

In this talk I will describe recent research in these areas, including: the development of a robot team that uses novel communication protocols for collaboration and distributed sensing, robot control strategies for object manipulation in dynamic environments, and a fully automated system for observing and tracking the activities of live social insect colonies composed of thousands of individuals.