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Control of Multi-Robot Systems: From Formations to Human-Swarm Interactions

IEEE Control Systems Society, SCV

Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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Special Event: IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer
Title:   Control of Multi-Robot Systems: From Formations to Human-Swarm Interactions


Co-sponsors: National Instruments, Optimal Synthesis Inc., IEEE SCV Section, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Signal Processing Society, IEEE Robotics & Automation Society


Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 7:00pm Networking/Refreshments, 7:30pm Presentation
Location: National Instruments, 4600 Patrick Henry Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054 


The last few years have seen significant progress in our understanding of how one should structure multi-robot systems. New control, coordination, and communication strategies have emerged and, in this talk, we discuss some of these developments. In particular, we will show how one can go from global, geometric, team-level specifications to local coordination rules for achieving and maintaining formations, area coverage, and swarming behaviors. One aspect of this concerns how users can interact with networks of mobile robots in order to inject new, global information and objectives. We will also investigate what global objectives are fundamentally implementable in a distributed manner on a collection of spatially distributed and locally interacting agents.


Magnus Egerstedt is an IEEE CSS Distinguished Lecturer. He is the Schlumberger Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he serves as Associate Chair for Research and External Affairs. He received the M.S. degree in Engineering Physics and the Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, the B.A. degree in Philosophy from Stockholm University, and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Harvard University. Dr. Egerstedt conducts research in the areas of control theory and robotics, with particular focus on control and coordination of complex networks, such as multi-robot systems, mobile sensor networks, and cyber-physical systems. Magnus Egerstedt is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Network Control Systems, the director of the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (GRITS Lab), a Fellow of the IEEE, and a recipient of the ECE/GT Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award, the HKN Outstanding Teacher Award, the Alum of the Year Award from the Royal Institute of Technology, and the U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

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National Instruments
4600 Patrick Henry Drive
Santa Clara, CA

Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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IEEE Control Systems Society, SCV

The IEEE Control Systems Society is an international scientific, engineering, and professional organization that was founded in 1954 and is dedicated to the advancement of research, development, and practice in automation and control systems. The society and its members are involved in a number of activities, including publishing journals and a magazine, holding a number of conferences, and sponsoring committees in various areas of technical specialization.

The CSS Chapter, Santa Clara Valley, serves the local members and community in Silicon Valley. This includes organizing a regular speaker series in the area of control systems, where experts present their work in R&D and industrial applications.

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