Welcome to the Autonomous Collective Systems Laboratory

Our research focuses on the modeling and analysis of behaviors in both biological and engineered collectives and the design and validation of scalable control strategies for multi-robot systems.  The main goals of our research are to:

  • Develop control frameworks for designing robot behaviors that provably produce target collective behaviors;
  • Elucidate the mechanisms of self-organization in nature and translate them into robust strategies for robots.

Our interdisciplinary approach to research is enabled by the diversity of the lab members’ academic backgrounds, including mechanical, electrical, and aerospace engineering; robotics and mechatronics; mathematics and physics; and computer science.  The lab is under the direction of Prof. Spring Berman, associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.