Robotics and Control
School of MIME
Oregon State University
Phone: (541) 737-9899
Fax: (541) 737-2600
Office: 426, Rogers Hall
Mailing address: 204 Rogers Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-6001
The number of large complex systems composed of many interacting subsystems has exploded over the last decade. Spurred by the ever increasing size, interconnectivity and complexity of systems on one hand and the miniaturization and affordability of computing power on the other, new paradigms to managing such systems are emerging. Coordinating thousands of subsystems in dynamic and stochastic environments, an idea that a mere decade ago would have been outlandish, is not only possible, but imperative today. Indeed, the technological bottlenecks today are due to the lack of mathematics and algorithms to manage and coordinate such systems rather than difficulties associated with building them.
The Autonomous Agents and Distributed Intelligence Lab squarely with this issue. Specifically, we focus on autonomous agents that optimize a system level objective through pursuing their own local objectives. The critical challenge in such a system is in determining the proper local objectives that when pursued successfully by the agents, lead to good system level behavior. Applications of this work include:
The long term goals of AADI are to extend the scope of this work both in terms of the application domains and the underlying mathematical framework. Three key application domains highlight the need and the promise of this research:
Pursuing all three domains is essential in ensuring that the principles of controlling large dynamical systems stays paramount in this work.