DARS-SWARM2021 Special Session

23/02/21: Please consider joining us for a special session on Multi-scale Instrumentation of Biological Swarms organized as part of DARS-SWARM 2021 (June 1-4th). We are still accepting 4-page abstracts to be published in Springer!

Engineers draw inspiration from biological swarms when designing multi-agent systems, from software to robotics. Advances in our understanding of natural swarms are therefore essential to technological advancement. Biological swarms are challenging to study for many of the reasons that robotic swarms are challenging to design. They are complex systems with nonlinear interactions among individual agents which sense, signal and actuate locally while distributed in cluttered environments. Empirical investigations of biological swarms and the environments that they operate in often require measurement tools with sufficient spatial and temporal resolution to observe the experience and behavior of individuals and the collective simultaneously. Recent focus on multi-scale empirical investigations of biological swarms has led many research teams to develop custom technologies and analysis pipelines (e.g., computer vision software, sensor arrays, automated experiments) that are tailored for their specific study systems. This special session on multi-scale instrumentation of biological swarms will promote interactions among these groups which are facing similar challenges.

Scientific Reports paper

19/02/21: Huge congratulations to students Haron Abdel-Raziq, Daniel Palmer, Phoebe Koenig for having their work on a system design for inferring colony-level pollination activity through miniature bee-mounted sensors published in Scientific Reports. The paper is the culmination of years of research, showing how you can optimize design of ASICs with Angle Sensitive Pixels to record flight behaviors and how you can use pooled information from those flights to sense foraging activity in the field.

Stay posted for a real implementation of the chips on real insects!

ELI Award

24/12/2020: Congratulations to Robby Huang for receiving an Engineering Learning Initiatives Award to continue his work with team mates Alex Zhu and Jasmin Ann to explore undulating robot collectives!

Haron passes A-exam

21/12/17: Big congratulations to Haron Abdel-Raziq for passing his A-exam on “Monitoring Pollination From Honey Bees and Dynamic Task Allocation for Robot Assisted Agriculture”!

Robotics Today

20/10/16: Join us Friday 3pm EDT for a seminar on research in the CEI-lab during Robotics Today, a public access seminar series, with the goal of bringing together the robotics community during these challenging times.

Missed it? Check out the video here.

Acadia 2020

19/8/20: Big congrats to Andrea Ling, Mahshid Moghadasi, Kowin Shi, and Jungshien Wei for having their paper “Formica Forma: Explorations in Insect-Robot Collaboration for Emergent Design & Manufacturing” accepted to ACADIA 2020: Distributed Proximities.

Rachel and Jack receives ELI Awards

14/05/20: Big congratulations to undergraduates Sijia Zhou and Jack Defay for receiving Engineering Learning Initiatives awards to continue their research over Summer 2020. Both Sijia and Jack will be working with graduate student Jonathan Jaramillo and postdoc Jake Peters studying how swarms of honey bees locate their queen.

Steven passes A-exam

28/04/20: Big congratulations to graduate student Steven Ceron for passing his A-exam. Steven will spend the next couple of years designing emergent behaviors in soft robot swarms with potential applications in micro-robots for medical applications.

Steven receives Fulbright Fellowship

23/4/20: Big congratulations to Steven Ceron for receiving the honorable Fulbright Fellowship. This comes as an extension to his SLOAN fellowship and his NSF Graduate Fellowship. The Fulbright will help support Steven in an internship with Dir. Metin Sitti’s group at the Max Plank Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, where he will be exploring coordination algorithms for swarms of microrobots.

Nialah passes A-Exam

21/4/20: Big congratulations to graduate student Nialah Wilson for passing her A-exam. In collaboration with Prof. Shiri Azenkot, Nialah will now be embarking on a new and exiting research project related to accessible excergames using drone-feedback!