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Scalable Co-optimization of Collective Robotic Mobility and the Artificial Environment

Objective

The behavior of intelligent systems, both living and artificial, is influenced through the structure of their surrounding environment. In nature, environmental constraints dictate the creation, unfolding, and interaction of living beings. Living systems are prototypes for collective robot behaviors— yet, despite the obvious influence of spatial constraints on interactions, the optimization of mobile robots and their immediate environment has been disjoint. Little thought has been given to what would make an artificial environment conducive to effective and efficient collective robotic mobility.

The premise of this project is that the environment is as much a variable as the robot itself. I want to expose the coupling between environmental structure and collective robotic mobility. In pursuit of this goal, I propose a co-optimization scheme that finds the best robot-environment pairs in an automated, scalable manner. The work in this project will (i) optimize control policies that define the behavior of collective mobile robot systems, and (ii) find environments that are more conducive to efficient coordination and cooperation. The developed techniques will allow us to perform first-of-a-kind analyses that would reveal novel environmental paradigms and the collective robot policies optimized around them. Ultimately, this project will spearhead new ways of thinking about transport planning and urban design, in the wake of a new generation of mobile vehicles that are connected and coordinated.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/transport planning

Call for proposal

ERC-2020-STG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Host institution

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 495 338

Beneficiaries (1)

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 495 338
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments