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dc.contributor.authorWerfel, Justin
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-06T17:57:18Z
dc.date.available2014-11-06T17:57:18Z
dc.date.issued2014-10-29
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/52804
dc.descriptionJustin Werfel is a research scientist at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. His research includes work on swarm robotics, evolutionary theory, DNA self-assembly, social insect behavior, and other topics in complex systems and self-organization.en_US
dc.descriptionPresented on October 29, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, room 1116.
dc.descriptionRuntime: 56:06 minutes
dc.description.abstractTermites build huge, complex structures through the collective actions of millions of independent agents. These natural systems inspire the research area of collective construction, whose goal is to develop autonomous multi-robot systems that build large-scale structures according to user specifications. I will discuss the design and realization of such a system in which climbing robots flexibly build structures using specialized building blocks. Robots act independently under decentralized control, using local information, onboard sensing, and implicit coordination through manipulation of a shared environment. A user can specify a target structure using a high-level representation, and robots follow simple rules that guarantee the correct completion of that structure. I will also briefly discuss ongoing experimental studies of African termites, aimed at better understanding their individual behaviors and how these give rise to the structures they produce.en_US
dc.format.extent00:00 minutes
dc.format.extent56:06 minutes
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIRIM Seminar Seriesen_US
dc.subjectAutonomous systemsen_US
dc.subjectCollective constructionen_US
dc.subjectMulti-robot systemsen_US
dc.subjectRoboticsen_US
dc.subjectRobotsen_US
dc.subjectTermitesen_US
dc.titleCollective Construction by Termites and Other Robotsen_US
dc.typeLectureen_US
dc.typeVideoen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameGeorgia Institute of Technology. Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machineen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameHarvard University. Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineeringen_US
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