Reilly Forum: Ronald C. Arkin, "Bio-inspired Approaches for Robotic Teams"


Location: 138 Debartolo Hall

Bio-inspired approaches for Robotic Teams


Ronald C. Arkin

Regents’ Professor & Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory
Associate Dean for Research & Space Planning College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology  


In recent research conducted for the U.S. Army and Navy, we are exploring a multiplicity of methods for controlling and coordinating teams of robots using models derived from biological systems.  This includes models drawn from bird lekking behavior, wolf pack predation, and deception in humans, squirrels and bird mobbing.  After first reviewing earlier bio-inspired approaches from our laboratory leading up to these new results, the motivation, underlying behaviors, and computational models that are used to produce coherent distributed robotic agent behavior are presented, with simulation and robotic results as available to demonstrate this ongoing work.


Ronald C. Arkin is Regents' Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He served as STINT visiting Professor at KTH in Stockholm, Sabbatical Chair at the Sony IDL in Tokyo, and the Robotics and AI Group at LAAS/CNRS in Toulouse. Dr. Arkin's research interests include behavior-based control and action-oriented perception for mobile robots and UAVs, hybrid deliberative/reactive architectures, robot survivability, multiagent robotics, biorobotics, human-robot interaction, robot ethics, and learning in autonomous systems.  Prof. Arkin served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology,  the IEEE RAS AdCom, and the co-chair of IEEE RAS TC on Robot Ethics. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and a Fellow of the IEEE.

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