Clark School Home UMD

ISR News Story

Krishnaprasad, Cavagna begin new AFOSR collective behavior research

A flock of starlings exhibiting collective behavior.
A flock of starlings exhibiting collective behavior.

A new four-year collaborative project, devoted to the investigation of principles and algorithms that underlie purposeful collective behavior in natural and engineered systems, was initiated this summer. It is an AFOSR-supported joint effort involving P.S. Krishnaprasad (ECE/ISR) and Andrea Cavagna of the Institute for Complex Systems, of the Italian National Research Council.

Building on their separate prior contributions, Krishnaprasad and Cavagna have launched an intense program of research in natural flocks and swarms of birds and insects. The research is aimed at discerning the underlying principles, working out models and algorithms to create quantitative support for the extracted principles, and exploiting the resulting understanding, as codified in models and algorithms, in the design, implementation and verification of robust, distributed, cooperative, survivable control systems for swarms of autonomous robots.

A variety of tools from geometric and optimal control theory, statistical physics, graph theory, and large-scale data analysis coupled with empirical observations, will be brought to bear on problems of collective behavior, to elucidate the scientific foundations of the subject, and realize applications to robotics.

Related Articles:
Flocks and Form
Small collectives and nonlinear dynamics
Optimal control and strong interactions imply flock cohesion
Workshop on Geometry of Collective Behavior organized by P. S. Krishnaprasad
Galloway, Justh, Krishnaprasad publish chasing and flocking research in Proceedings of the Royal Society A
Krishnaprasad awarded AFOSR DURIP for collective behavior testbed
Krishnaprasad delivers Princeton Baetjer Colloquium lecture
ECE Inducts Three New Distinguished Alumni
Northrop Grumman contributes research funding for third consecutive year
Alumnus Philip Twu's exciting career in space robotics

October 5, 2010


Prev   Next

 

 

Current Headlines

Czech Republic–United States Workshop on Artificial Intelligence held at UMD

Feathers Not Included

Pines Receives UMD President's Medal

Sennur Ulukus receives NSF grant to address important data-related medical device issue

NSF grant for Ghodssi, Bentley furthers research of flexible devices to combat biofilms

Oct. 4 event features Michele Gelfand, research colleague of Dana Nau

Fermuller, Shamma, Etienne-Cummings receive NSF grant for 'Research Coordination Network'

Alumnus Omur Ozel joins George Washington University as tenure-track faculty

Lu, Gollob, Picard win ISR annual awards

Five recipients of ISR Graduate Student Travel Award announced

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar