FPO - Average Phan - "Swarm Intelligence in Natural and Synthetic Lives"

Fri, May 21, 2021, 10:00 am
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Zoom Meeting ID: 995 8135 4139, Passcode: 533740

Real world phenomenon are inherently nonlinear and complex in a way that usually cannot be understood from first principle. Yet intelligence behaviors appear in biological systems, which are shaped by billions years of evolution, to solve natural challenges. Here, we show a form of collective intelligence at microbial level, emerged in a swarm of strongly interacting single-cell organisms as they navigate through complicated topologies and avoid dangers in dynamical environments. We then develop a robotic system in which autonomous robots with bio-inspired functions move over a programmable adaptive landscape. The robot swarm can self-organized to optimum resource consumption and survive stressful conditions by emulating organic biology, exhibiting what we call robobiology. We conclude by sketching out future research directions with scientific questions that our robotic system can address.