Self-Organizing Particle Systems

Project: Algorithmic Active Matter

We take a task-oriented approach to studying programmable active matter, wherein we translate some desired macroscopic behavior — such as clustering, flocking, exploration, or desegregation — into distributed, stochastic algorithms that can be run by simple robots. Our theoretical framework in which we model and develop algorithms for active matter is informed by the physical robotic systems we build. These simple robotic systems provide a testbed for realizing and testing our algorithms in more realistic settings. Ultimately, this project will provide a better end-to-end understanding of how microscopic rules can induce macroscopic behaviors, providing a more systematic approach to building and analyzing swarm robotic systems.

Publications

Refereed Journal Papers

  • [Accepted] Phototactic Supersmarticles. William Savoie, Sarah Cannon, Joshua J. Daymude, Ross Warkentin, Shengkai Li, Dana Randall, Andréa W. Richa, and Daniel I. Goldman. Invited submission to the 2nd International Symposium on Swarm Behavior and Bio-Inspired Robotics (SWARM ’17) Special Issue of Artificial Life and Robotics. [Video/Simulation]

Other Publications

  • Phototactic Supersmarticles. Sarah Cannon, Joshua J. Daymude, William Savoie, Ross Warkentin, Shengkai Li, Daniel I. Goldman, Dana Randall, and Andréa W. Richa. Appeared at the 2nd International Symposium on Swarm Behavior and Bio-Inspired Robotics (SWARM ’17). 2017. [Video/Simulation]

Presentations

Conference Talks

Other Presentations

People

Current Team

Andréa W. Richa

Andréa W. Richa

PI / Professor, Arizona State University

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Joshua J. Daymude

Joshua J. Daymude

PhD Student, Arizona State University

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Dana Randall

Dana Randall

PI / Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

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William Savoie

William Savoie

PhD Student, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Daniel I. Goldman

Daniel I. Goldman

PI / Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Shengkai Li

Shengkai Li

PhD Student, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Sarah Cannon

Sarah Cannon

PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology 2018

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Cem Gokmen

Cem Gokmen

Undergraduate Researcher, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Past Members

Ross Warkentin

Ross Warkentin

Masters of Science, Georgia Institute of Technology 2017

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Funding