Sharpen your interest and knowledge of science in an informal and friendly atmosphere. This is an opportunity for all members of the public to meet practicing scientists. Take part in the free debate/discussion while enjoying food and drinks from the Showroom café bar.
Monday 2nd February 2015 – 7.00 pm
'Less is More:
Minimilist Robotic Swarms for for Small Scale Applications'
With Dr Melvin Gauci, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, The
University of Sheffield
Swarm Robotics takes
inspiration from collective behaviours observed in nature, such as
multi-cellular organisms, colonies of social insects, bird flocks, and fish
schools. The aim is to build synthetic, self-organizing systems that exploit
the attractive properties exhibited by these natural systems. Collective
behaviors are often robust in that they have no single point of failure. They
are also flexible, with the same system being able to adapt itself to
accomplish different tasks.
A key idea behind self-organizing systems is that the individuals are simple in
structure and behavior relative to the emergent collective behaviors. Swarm
robotics is thus paving the way for novel applications in agriculture, medicine
and the development of smart materials.
Come along on February 2nd to find out more about this fascinating area of