Ronald C. Arkin
Mobile Robotics Laboratory
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Talk: Tuesday, February 12, 2002, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Room 3105 Engineering Building
Host: J. Weng
conducted over the last decade within the Mobile Robot Laboratory at Georgia
Tech has centered on many important issues involving multi-robot teams.
In this talk, we broadly review a range of research results: from the
role of communication in multiagent robotic systems; to multiagent mission
specification tools for building complex robot missions using a graphical user
interface validated by usability studies; to formation control for small teams
of robots including results demonstrated on two HMMWVs; to team teleautonomy
where an operator can interface smoothly at varying levels of autonomy with a
large number of robotic agents. These results are currently being applied within
three different ongoing DARPA programs that serve as feeder programs for the
DARPA/Army Future Combat System (FCS) effort.
C. Arkin received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst after which he joined the College of Computing at
the Georgia Institute of
Technology. He holds the rank of Professor and is the Director of the Mobile
Robot Laboratory. Dr. Arkin's
research interests include behavior-based control and
action-oriented perception for mobile robots and unmanned aerial
vehicles, hybrid deliberative/reactive
software architectures, robot survivability, multiagent robotic systems,
biorobotics, human-robot interaction, and learning in autonomous systems. Prof.
Arkin has written a textbook entitled Behavior-based Robotics and co-edited a
book entitled Robot Colonies. Funding sources have included NSF, DARPA, U.S.
Army, Savannah River Technology Center, Honda, Draper Labs, SAIC, and ONR. Dr.
Arkin serves/served on the Editorial Boards of IEEE Intelligent Systems,
Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing, Autonomous Robots, Machine
Intelligence and Robotic Control, and Applied Intelligence. He is the Series
Editor for the MIT Press book series Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous
Agents. He also is a consultant for
several major companies in the area of intelligent robotic systems. Prof. Arkin
currently serves on the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Robotics and
Automation Society and on the National Science Foundation's Robotics Council.