Swarms: Current Research and Future Applications

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Collections of robots working together to achieve tasks — swarm systems — represent an exciting and intriguing means to solve problems in novel ways. Swarms provide solutions to challenges in agriculture, environmental monitoring, search and rescue, planetary exploration, construction, warehouse automation, parcel delivery, nanomedicine, and so many more fields. While we currently operate single robots even in our homes, there are fundamental differences between operating a single robot and a swarm. At this session, the panel of experts will discuss current research and development effort in swarm systems, future applications of swarms, and the challenges involved in the adoption and wide-scale use of these systems.

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Nora Ayanian

University of Southern California

Giovanni Beltrame

Ecole Polytechnique De Montreal

David Koelle

Charles River Analytics

Amir Rahmani

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


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