Intelligent and Evolutionary Systems 2017


Keynote Speakers:


Title: Autonomous systems and Teaming

 

Akira Namatame

Professor Emeritus, National Defense Academy of Japan,

Scientific Advisor, Asian Office of Aerospace Research & Development (AOARD), US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

 

[Abstract] Autonomy is a growing field of research and application. Specialized robots in hazardous environments and repetitive industrial tasks have proven successful. As autonomous systems become more capable, they are able to handle increasingly complex tasks and highly uncertain environments but their capabilities in many domains are still insufficient to execute tasks robustly and efficiently in a variety of difficult situations. Autonomous systems are in their infancy and are capable only of performing well-defined tasks in predictable environments. Advances in technologies enabling autonomy are needed for these systems to respond to new situations in complex, dynamic environments. Its interdisciplinary nature of autonomy also requires that researchers in the field understand their research within a broader context. The vision of autonomous systems working together to accomplish complex team tasks is driving much of the current research. Autonomous systems must be able to work naturally together if they are to become an integral part of society. The swarm engineering inspired from nature is a combination of swarm intelligence and robotics, which shows a great potential in several aspects. In this talk, a unified treatment of autonomy is discussed. We identify key themes and discuss challenge problems that are likely to shape autonomy and teaming of autonomous systems.

 

[Biography] Dr. Akira Namatame is Professor emeritus of National Defense Academy, Japan. He is now Scientific Advisor, Asian Office of Aerospace Research & Development of US Air Force Research Laboratory. His research interests include multi-agent systems, complex networks, artificial intelligence, computational social science, and game theory. In the past ten years, he has given over 35 invited talks, and over 15 tutorial lectures in international conferences and workshops, and academic institutions. He has organized more that 30 international conferences and workshops, and special sessions. He is the editor-in-chief of Springer’s Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination (JEIC), editor in Modeling and Simulation Society Letter. He has published more than 300 refereed scientific papers, together with eight books on multi-agent systems, agent modeling and network dynamics, collective systems and game theory. More detail information can be obtained through www.nda.ac.jp/~nama.