• Focus on cooperative behaviors - Formation Control
    • We don't have any cooperative behaviors
    • Would make for lots of cool demos
    • Budget ideas
      • Additional parts/sensors for robot upkeep (encoders, BOM 1.5)
  • SURG ideas - choose an idea next Friday (2/27)
    • Colony RTS
      • Human-Robot interaction
    • Focus on cooperative behaviors
      • We don't have any cooperative behaviors
      • What to ask for in budget?
    • Simulator
    • Overhead robot tracker (camera + computer vision)
    • Localization in a given map (it's easier than mapping!)
    • A specific application
      • pushing plants around
      • detecting oil spills?
      • detecting (in some really simple way) and surrounding an object
      • cooperative area coverage (useful for detecting mines or as a sensor net)
      • cooperative robot patrols
    • Adaptive learning
      • Robots have a specific optimization goal
      • No initial model of robots/environment
      • Robots build model of themselves and environment system through experiments
      • Next experiments are chosen based on results of previous experiments to maximize exploration of the configuration space
      • Robots win every time (eventually)
    • Cooperative plant growing
      • Robots start out with access to soil/pots, seeds, water, and light sources (modified to be easily manipulable)
      • Apply learning algorithm to maximize some parameter (seed germination time, sprout height after a week, tastiness?)
        • This is how we distinguish ourselves from MIT's distributed robotics garden
      • Watch robots grow plants!
    • PIKMIN!
      • Combination of Colony RTS and cooperative manipulation