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Workshop "Autonomic Service Component Ensembles"

Kick-Off Meeting of the EU Project ASCENS, organized by Prof. Dr. Martin Wirsing (LMU)

11.10.2010 – 13.10.2010

Participants: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany), Università di Pisa (Italy), Università di Firenze (Italy), Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Germany), Université Joseph Fourier Grenobe and VERIMAG Laboratory (France), Univerisità di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy), University College Dublin (Ireland), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Volkswagen AG (Germany), Zimory (Germany), University of Limerick (Ireland), Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie della Informazione "A. Faedo" (Italy).

Public evening lecture on October 12th at 6.30 p.m.:

Prof. Marco Dorigo, Ph.D. – Embodied Swarm Intelligence

"Swarm intelligence is the discipline that deals with natural and artificial systems composed of many individuals that coordinate using decentralized control and self-organization. In particular, it focuses on the collective behaviors that result from the local interactions of the individuals with each other and with their environment. The characterizing property of a swarm intelligence system is its ability to act in a coordinated way without the presence of a coordinator or of an external controller. Swarm robotics could be defined as the application of swarm intelligence principles to the control of groups of robots. In his talk Marco Dorigo will discuss results of Swarm-bots, an experiment in swarm robotics. A swarm-bot is an artifact composed of a swarm of assembled s-bots. The s-bots are mobile robots capable of connecting to, and disconnecting from, other s-bots. In the swarm-bot form, the s-bots are attached to each other and, when needed, become a single robotic system that can move and change its shape. S-bots have relatively simple sensors and motors and limited computational capabilities. A swarm-bot can solve problems that cannot be solved by s-bots alone. Marco Dorigo will shortly describe the s-bots hardware and the methodology he followed to develop algorithms for their control. He will focus on the capabilities of the swarm-bot robotic system by showing video recordings of some of the many experiments he performed to study coordinated movement, path formation, self-assembly, collective transport, shape formation, and other collective behaviors. He will conclude presenting initial results of the Swarmanoid experiment, an extension of swarm-bot to 3-dimensional environments."

Marco Dorigo is Professor of "Swarm Intelligence" at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

The workshop is reserved for project-members.
If you are interested to participate in the public evening lecture please register:
Location: Auditorium of CAS