Diversity, Privacy, and Resilience in Robot Networks

Speaker: Amanda Prorok , University of Pennsylvania

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

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Location: 32-G449 Kiva/Patil

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Diversity, Privacy, and Resilience in Robot Networks

We are witnessing a profusion of networked robotic platforms with distinct features and unique capabilities. To realize the full potential of such networked robotic systems, we need to leverage heterogeneity and complementarity through collaborative mechanisms. However, as connections are established, information is shared, and dependencies are created, these systems give rise to new vulnerabilities and threats.
To motivate the central questions of diversity, privacy, and resilience, I begin by presenting my experimental work on collaborative positioning with networked teams of robots. As the need for system-wide protection mechanisms becomes evident, I introduce a privacy model that quantifies how much is revealed to external observers about critical robotic entities and their specific interactions. My focus then shifts to the question of how to provide resilience through precautionary collaboration mechanisms, allowing robot teams to function in the presence of defective and/or malicious robots. Finally, I address the question of how to formalize diversity in the context of heterogeneous robot teams, with insights that pertain to performance.

Amanda Prorok is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, where she works with Prof. Vijay Kumar on heterogeneous networked robotic systems. She completed her PhD at EPFL, Switzerland, where she addressed the topic of localization with ultra-wideband sensing for robotic networks. Her dissertation was awarded the Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) award for the best thesis at EPFL in the fields of Computer Sciences, Automatics and Telecommunications. She was selected as an MIT Rising Star in 2015, and won a Best Paper Award at BICT 2015.

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