MetroBotics is an NSF REU Site project that provides funded ACADEMIC YEAR opportunities in robotics research to undergraduates at CUNY and other greater-New York City institutions. The intellectual activities fall within Computer Science, under the heading of agent-based or multi-agent systems. The research centers on studying mechanisms that allow agents to interact and coordinate effectively and to learn from experience. In particular, we concentrate on complex interaction mechanisms that are typically explored in simulation. Our work involves not only development of interaction techniques in simulation but also implementation of these on physical robots. Anticipating technology advances in computational capacity, communication robustness, and power supply and management in the not-too-distant future, we aim to bring complex mechanisms that previously have only been studied in virtual environments onto of robots, agents and humans. Our work involves systematic study of discrete, parameterized environments in which tasks are set, experiments are conducted and comparative analysis is performed on experimental results.

The MetroBotics project is housed in the Agents Lab in the Department of Computer and Information Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. The Agents Lab focuses on multi-agent and multi-robot systems research, studying mechanisms that allow agents to interact and coordinate, with each other and with humans, and allow them--both agents and humans--to learn from experience.



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