Geometry, Optimization and Control in Robot Coordination

Motion coordination is an extraordinary phenomenon in biological systems and a powerful tool in man-made systems; although individual agents have no global system knowledge, complex behaviors emerge from local interactions. This talks focuses on robotic networks, that is, group of robots that communicate and coordinate their motions to perform useful tasks. I will review some recent adaptive and distributed algorithms based on concepts from queuing and stochastic analysis, geometric optimization, and nonlinear stability theory.

Francesco Bullo, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

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