Lecture Title: Teamwork to Leverage Synergies Among Agents in Search and Rescue
Speaker: Dr Maria Gini
Abstract: When a large-scale disaster strikes, emergency responders are stretched thin in an effort to locate and rescue people as quickly as possible. It is critical for the rescuers to share information effectively under conditions of time pressure, limited communication, and limited knowledge of the situation. We study different types of team structures and compare the performance of uncoordinated individuals, static teams formed in advance, dynamic teams where agents can change teams as needs arise, and specialized teams that admit only specific types of agents based on domain knowledge. We use the RoboCup Rescue Agent Simulator as a testbed to measure the performance of our teamwork strategies. We measure the effectiveness of the teaming strategies using task specific metrics (such as time to save people, or length of travel), and system level metrics (such as computation time, and scalability to number of agents). Our results support the hypothesis that teaming improves performance, and that more specialized and knowledge-rich teaming arrangements perform better.
Bio: Maria Gini is a Distinguished Professor of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She specializes in the design of multi-robot and multi-agent systems that are capable of making intelligent decisions. Such systems range from software agents to robots that move in unstructured and unknown environments. She is a Fellow of the AAAI and a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM.
For more information: This presentation is part of the 2012-2013 Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by the UNC Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics.