Robotics & Multi-Agent Systems

Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems involves the concepting, building, and
implementation of robots, as well as the collaborative programming of multiple robots, to perform certain tasks.

Sabelhaus Receives NSF CAREER Award

Andrew Sabelhaus , Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, recently received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. Sabelhaus plans to develop soft robots that can be used for healthcare applications such as drawing blood, checking blood pressure, and administering flu shots or nasal swabs. These robots could perform such tasks at […]

A Coordinated Approach to Cyber-Situation Awarness Based on Traffic Anomaly Detection

This project aims at developing a suite of anomaly detection algorithms and tools monitoring network traffic and operating both at the local (resource) level and the wider (global) network level. It will leverage recent work by the PIs on statistical temporal anomaly detection using random and Markovian models and on detecting wider network spatial anomalies […]

Reliable Multi-Agent Control in Failure-Prone Environments via Inhomogenous Markov Chains

This project developed protocols for the coordination of autonomous nodes such as UAVs, ROVs, and other robotic platforms operating in fault-prone environments characterized by noisy and time-varying communication, message losses, and persistent and unpredictable node failures. For problems of formation control, leader-following, cooperative estimation and learning, resource allocation, and others tasks fitting within a separable […]

Eshed Ohn-Bar: Advancing Assistive Technologies with AI

For someone who is visually impaired, navigating an unfamiliar street can be challenging. Even going straight can be tough in an open space. Encountering obstacles, stairs, and intersections can potentially result in an unsafe situation. While aids, such as white canes or guide dogs are helpful, they can’t exactly tell someone who is visually impaired […]

Using Soft Robotics to Increase Safety and Success in Surgery

  Lung cancer affects more than 230,000 Americans, and more than 120,000 will die from it every year. However, the efficiency and consistency of lung cancer biopsies are low, reaching nearly 81%, according to a recent study. Professor Sheila Russo, the founder and director of the Boston University Material Robotics Laboratory, works to combat untrustworthy cancer […]

Shifting the Purpose of Robots From Serving Humans to Collaboration

In dire situations like fires, time is of the essence. Firefighters need to work quickly to extinguish the fire and rescue any people. However, with emerging technologies like robots, putting out fires might become easier.  Mela Coffey 3rd year ME PhD Candidate (Advisor: Alyssa Pierson) is interested in contributing to collaborative human-robot systems and human-robot […]

A Breakthrough in Security for Decentralized Multi-Robot Systems

In disaster situations like hurricanes, collapsed buildings, and nuclear incidents, the difference between a one-hour response time and a one-day response time can mean life or death. To mitigate these situations, multi-robot systems (MRS) are being increasingly used in search-and-rescue (SAR) operations. Unmanned robots have assisted in SAR efforts following Hurricane Katrina, the Fukushima Daiichi […]

CAREER: Decentralized and Online Planning for Emergent Cooperation in Multi-Robot Teams

Mobile robot teams can address needs for in-home service, personal mobility, warehouse management, and agricultural monitoring. These applications require robots to work in complex, dynamic, and cluttered environments. Further, robots need to interact with other robots and humans. Understanding nuances in how robots interact with other robots allows for safer and more robust systems. State-of-the-art […]