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  • [ November 11, 2019]

    Bio-Inspired Autonomy for Mobile Sensor Networks in Aquatic Environment

  • Speaker:
    Fumin ZHANG
    Date:
    Nov. 13, 2019
    Time:
    4:00pm
    Location:
    Room 434, Mechanics Building
    Host:
    Zhongkui Li
  • Abstract
  • There is a perceivable trend for robots to serve as networked mobile sensing platforms that are able to collect data in aquatic environment in unprecedented ways. The need for undisturbed operation of search and monitoring posts higher goals for sustainable autonomy. This talk reviews recent developments in autonomous collective foraging in aquatic environment that explicitly integrates insights from biology with models and provable strategies from control theory and robotics. One of the interesting insights is that sensing is used to enable implicit communications among agents, which is able to achieve coordinated behaviors while incorporating individual differences. The algorithms are rigorously analyzed and modified for mobile robots. Experimental effort with promising results demonstrates that bio-inspired autonomy might be preferred in aquatic environment that features severe limitation in communication.
  • Biography
  • Fumin ZHANG is Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a PhD degree in 2004 from the University of Maryland (College Park) in Electrical Engineering, and held a postdoctoral position in Princeton University from 2004 to 2007. His research interests include mobile sensor networks, maritime robotics, control systems, and theoretical foundations for cyber-physical systems. He received the NSF CAREER Award in September 2009 and the ONR Young Investigator Program Award in April 2010. He is currently serving as the co-chair for the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Marine Robotics, associate editors for IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, Robotics and Automation Letters, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and IEEE Transactions on Control of Networked Systems, and the deputy editor-in-chief for the Cyber-Physical Systems Journal.