Swarm Robotics – the Future of Healthcare?
We overview our recent advances in controlling swarms of centimeter-scale robots. It is shown that collaborative tasks can be provably solved by groups of robots with exceedingly limited resources. In some instances, this requires neither memory nor computation, allowing such systems to be implemented at the micron-scale. We will present how robots can reconfigure into different shapes and harvest energy from their environment. Moreover, we present a method for inferring behavioral rules from observed trajectories of individuals in a swarm. We conclude the talk by discussing the prospects and implications of swarms being integrated into healthcare technologies.
Roderich Gross received a Diploma degree in computer science in 2001 from Dortmund University of Technology and a Ph.D. degree in engineering sciences in 2007 from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. From 2005-2009, he was a JSPS research fellow at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, a research associate at the University of Bristol, a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Unilever R&D (UK), and a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at EPFL. From 2010-2013, he was a Lecturer and since January 2014, he has been a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering of the University of Sheffield.