Interdisciplinary Seminar in Nonlinear Science

Title: Self-Organizing Robotic Systems
Speaker: Eric Klavins
Speaker Info: University of Washington
Brief Description:
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The fundamental problem of designing self-organizing systems is to understand how local interactions between components give rise to global properties. This problem must be solved if we are to engineer predictable and reliable large-scale systems consisting of vast numbers of parts (e.g.micro-robots, cells or molecules). In this talk I will describe a formal approach to modeling and designing self-organizing systems based on graph rewriting. The approach allows us to describe massively parallel algorithms for self-assembly, self-replication, distributed locomotion, and other decentralized processes, and to rigorously prove that they work. I will illustrate the approach by showing how it can be used in robotics and in MEMs self-assembly.
Date: Friday, December 3, 2004
Time: 2:00PM
Where: Tech M416
Contact Person: Kevin Lynch
Contact email: kmlynch@northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-467-5451
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