GALCIT Colloquium

Friday February 23, 2018 3:00 PM

Long Duration Autonomy With Applications to Persistent Environmental Monitoring

Speaker: Magnus Egerstedt, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Guggenheim 133 (Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall)

By now, we have a fairly good understanding of how to design coordinated control strategies for making teams of mobile robots achieve geometric objectives in a distributed manner, such as assembling shapes or covering areas. But, the mapping from high-level tasks to geometric objectives is not well understood. In this talk, we investigate this topic in the context of persistent autonomy, i.e., we consider teams of robots, deployed in an environment over a sustained period of time, that can be recruited to perform a number of different tasks in a distributed, safe, and provably correct manner. This development will involve the composition of multiple barrier certificates for encoding the tasks and safety constraints, as well as a detour into ecology as a way of understanding how persistent environmental monitoring can be achieved by studying animals with low-energy life-styles, such as the three-toed sloth.

Series GALCIT Colloquium Series

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