(Tuesday) 15:00 - 16:00
Lecture Theatre 2, Pam Liversidge Building
The University of Sheffield
Professor Carlo Pinciroli "Robot Swarms as a Programmable Machine" Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Robot swarms promise to offer solutions for applications that today are considered dangerous, expensive, or even impossible. Notable examples include construction, space exploration, mining, ocean restoration, nanomedicine, disaster response, and humanitarian demining. The diverse and large-scale nature of these applications requires the coordination of numerous robots, likely in the order of hundreds or thousands, with heterogeneous capabilities. Swarm engineering is an emerging research field that studies how to model, design, develop, and verify swarm systems. In this talk, I will discuss the aspects of swarm engineering that intersect with classical computer science. In particular, focusing on the concept of robot swarms as a “programmable machine”, I will analyze the issues that arise when one wants to write programs for swarms. After presenting Buzz, a novel programming language for swarms, I will outline a number of open problems on which I intend to work over the next years.
(Monday) 15:15 - 16:15
Pam Liversidge Building, F12
Dr Sean Mealin "Computer-Assisted Communications, Monitoring, and Analytics for Training and Working with Canines" Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University Abstract Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) is a quickly
Dr Sean Mealin
“Computer-Assisted Communications, Monitoring, and Analytics for Training
and Working with Canines”
Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University
Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) is a quickly growing research field focusing on strategies, ergonomics, and implementations of modern technologies to benefit animals, augment human-animal interaction, and much more. At North Carolina State University, research labs representing three disciplines collaborate on ACI: Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine. Pooling expertise from all of these fields allows the group to develop wearable technologies, sensors, and algorithms which are both safe and effective for canines to use. This presentation will examine a diverse group of projects within the multifaceted ACI research field, which include computer-assisted canine training, communications between blind handlers and their guide dogs, and objective evaluations for young canines during the guide dog training process.