Nowzari Studying The Cycle of Emergence: Structure, Agency & The Environment
Cameron Nowzari, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), is working to harness the power of robotic swarms in military applications.
Via this project, he will challenge the prevailing paradigm in which speciﬁc local interactions are designed with the goal of making a particular emergent behavior appear. More speciﬁcally, he will make an argument for why the current state-of-the-art methods used worldwide for designing swarm systems are seriously ﬂawed and propose an alternative approach and framework to properly address this.
Nowzari will use mathematical methods and tools that will draw heavily from cybernetics, systems, and Control Theory, to bring together ideas from the social sciences, law, and modern management principles. If successful, this project will have implications far beyond swarm robotics by enabling a deeper understanding of the intimate connections between structure, agency, and the environment via a more rigorous and methodical manner than is currently used today.
Nowzari will receive $510,000 from the Office of Naval Research for this project. Funding began in March 2022 and will end in late February 2025.
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