The Robotics Institute

RI | Seminar | February 3, 2006

Robotics Institute Seminar, February 3, 2006
Time and Place | Seminar Abstract | Speaker Biography | Speaker Appointments

Scalable Approaches to Deploying Swarms of Vehicles and Sensors


Vijay Kumar

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania





Time and Place

Mauldin Auditorium (NSH 1305)
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm


The talk will address the fundamental problems and practical issues underlying the deployment of large numbers of autonomously functioning vehicles, with insights from field experiments with UAVs and UGVs in urban environments.  I will present decentralized controllers and estimators that allow large numbers of robots to maintain a desired shape (formation) while following a desired trajectory.  Finally, I will describe our ongoing SWARMS project whose goals are to develop a framework and methodology for the analysis of swarming behavior in biology and the synthesis of bio-inspired swarming behavior for engineered systems.

Speaker Biography


Speaker Appointments

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The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.