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Agent Formations and Reformations

When formations of agents move in the plane or in three-dimensional space, the shape of the formation needs to be maintained. The seminar introduces the use of rigidity ideas to ensure retention of the formation shape, with a focus on identifying the minimum number of inter-agent constraints that need to be fulfilled. Change of formation due to splitting, merging, or closing ranks (following the loss of one or more agents) is also considered.
Type of Seminar:
Public Seminar
Prof. Brian D. O. Anderson
National ICT Australia Ltd, Locked bag 8001, Canberra ACT 2601 Australia
Oct 03, 2005   17:15

ETH Zentrum, Gloriastrasse 35, ETZ E6
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Biographical Sketch:
Professor Brian Anderson was born in Sydney, Australia. He took his undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at Sydney University, and his doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University in 1966. His research interests have been principally in control systems, with significant work also in signal processing, telecommunications and circuit theory. From 1994-2002 he was Director of the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering at the Australian National University, and he served as President of the Australian Academy of Science from 1998-2002. He is currently Chief Scientist of National ICT Australia Ltd, Distinguished Professor in the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering at ANU, and a Director of Cochlear Ltd. Professor Anderson is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Academy of Technology Sciences and Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Royal Society, London; an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Universities of Sydney, Melbourne, New South Wales and Newcastle.