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REU Site: Undergraduate Robotics Research in Human-Swarm Interaction


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Description:
This NSF-funded REU Site: Undergraduate Robotics Research in Human-Swarm Interaction project will provide training, mentorship and support to undergraduate students so that they can become independent researchers in the area of robotics. Throughout the project, the faculty and graduate student mentors will encourage creative thinking and frequent interactions to enhance the students' problem-solving skills.

The intellectual focus of this project is to allow one human operator to effectively manage a large robot swarm to achieve desired global objectives. Tailored around a swarm system inspired by the cooperative thermal soaring and foraging behaviors of hawks, three sub-projects will be conducted by undergraduate students during this REU project. First, a swarm testing environment with 50 custom designed robots will be developed. Second, distributed, non-hierarchical agent-level interaction rules that will allow the emergence of desirable robot swarm behaviors will be investigated. Third, novel human-swarm interaction modes for managing a large self-organized robot swarm without using a direct command and control structure between the operator and robots will be invented and experimentally demonstrated. Through these efforts, the undergraduate students will have the opportunity to work as a team in performing both fundamental research and hands-on experiments. The successful completion of the project will enable many potential robot applications such as search and rescue, environmental monitoring and robotic mining and construction.

REU Participant Benefits: Stipend of $5,000, lodging, meal expenses, travel reimbursement and comprehensive training to move participants toward intellectual and research independence.


Application Deadline: 4/12/2019
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Program Dates: 5/19/2019 - 7/26/2019

Participating Institution(s):
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West Virginia University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aerospace Engineering
Applied Mathematics
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Computer Sciences
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Robotics

Keywords:
Artificial Intelligence
Computer Programming
Control Systems

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)


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