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ECE Seminar: "Intelligent Coalition Formation of Multiple Robots and Humans," Dr. Julie A. Adams, Professor at Vanderbilt University


East Village 102

December 15, 2015 11:00 am
December 15, 2015 11:00 am

Speaker: Dr. Julie A. Adams, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Vanderbilt University 

Host: Taskin Padir


Ever improving technology provides a basis for developing a seamless synergy between humans and robots that can result in teams completing complex tasks efficiently and effectively. Coalition formation represents an approach for addressing one aspect of this research challenge by advancing capabilities for intelligently allocating teams that can conduct complex real-time missions in uncertain and dynamic environments, while also providing effective tools for supporting human mission planners’ decision processes. The fundamental underpinnings of coalition formation and our development of artificial intelligence capabilities towards addressing computationally complex teaming optimization decisions for human-robot missions will be presented.  Specifically, the intelligent coalition formation framework for humans and robots (i-CiFHaR) provides robust coalition formation across a range of complex missions and human and robot capabilities. The framework intelligently reasons over the mission criteria as well as human and robot capabilities in order to choose the most appropriate coalition formation algorithm for determining the resultant human-robot team.  A benefit of the i-CiFHaR framework is that it can directly support human decision making by presenting the human planner with alternative solutions. One limitation of coalition formation is that it simply allocates the humans and robots to teams, but does not provide a plan for completing the mission. Our current focus is addressing the integration of coalition formation and planning.


Dr. Julie A. Adams is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Vanderbilt University. She is also the founder of the Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, she was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Before returning to academia, she worked in Human Factors for Honeywell, Inc. and the Eastman Kodak Company. Dr. Adams received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. in Computer Science and B.B.E. in Accounting from Siena College. She has over 120 referred publications and her research efforts have been featured in international news outlets including National Geographic, Scientific American Podcast, Der Spiegel, and BBC on-line.