Synergistic Interactions in Swarms of Heterogeneous Agents
Collaboration Agreement for Research & Development with ETH Zürich
- Financed by: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF): Sinergia project
- Duration: November 2013 to December 2014
- Contact: Domenico GIUSTINIANO, Principal Investigator for IMDEA Networks
IMDEA Networks Institute and ETH Zürich have signed a collaboration agreement for research and development. Dr. Domenico Giustiniano, Research Assistant Professor at IMDEA Networks, will contribute to the project objectives and to the scientific dissemination of the results.
The SWARMIX project is about laying the foundations for the design, implementation, and adaptive control of heterogeneous multi-agent systems that are composed of humans, animals, and robots, working in cooperation to solve distributed tasks that require a wide diversity of sensory-motor and cognitive skills. We refer to such systems as mixed swarms. The aim is to provide each component of the mixed swarm with a high level of autonomy in order to allow it to fully exploit its own unique skills and abilities, and at the same time to set up close bidirectional interactions and information flows between all system components in order to ensure overall synergistic cooperation. The main novelty of this project lies in the cooperative integration of a possibly large number of humans, animals, and robots in tight cooperation in one single networked system with distributed control.