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Head: Manuela Veloso
Contact: Manuela Veloso
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Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated lab(s) / group(s):
 MultiRobot Lab
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We are investigating algorithms for automatically tracking and modeling the behavior of multiagent systems. We have selected social insects as research subjects because they can be observed in a laboratory environment and they provide a rich source of data for testing our algorithms.

Our goals are

  • new multiagent science: our observing technologies will provide a wealth of data for testing and developing multiagent observation algorithms. We envision a multiagent system (multiple cameras and computers) observing multiagent systems (insects, people).

  • new biological science: we can use the technologies developed in our lab to substantially advance the state of knowledge of social insect behavior.
To accomplish these goals we are conducting long-term observation of captive ant colonies in our lab, and in collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.