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02 February 2015 'Less is More: Minimilist Robotic Swarms for for Small Scale Applications'

Monday 02 February 2015 - 19:00
Dr. Melvin Gauci, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, The University of Sheffield

Swarm Robotics takes inspiration from collective behaviors observed in nature, such as multi-cellular organisms, colonies of social insects, bird flocks, and fish schools. The aim is to build synthetic, self-organizing systems that exploit the attractive properties exhibited by these natural systems. Collective behaviors are often robust in that they have no single point of failure. They are also flexible, with the same system being able to adapt itself to accomplish different tasks. 

A key idea behind self-organizing systems is that the individuals are simple in structure and behavior relative to the emergent collective behaviors. Swarm robotics is thus paving the way for novel applications in agriculture, medicine and the development of smart materials.

Come along on February 2nd to find out more about this fascinating area of research.