Optimization and Systems Theory Seminar
Friday, May 31, 2002, 11.00-12.00, Room 3721, Lindstedtsvägen 25

Assistant Professor Magnus Egerstedt
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
E-mail: magnus@ece.gatech.edu

Linguistic control of mobile robots

When humans give each other directions only tokenized, linguistic instructions are used. In contrast to this, classic control theory relies on the ability to specify a control action at each time instant. In this talk, a linguistic control theory will be presented, and the interactions between symbolic (computer generated) instructions and mechanical devices will be given a hybrid representation. A complexity measure will be defined on the input strings that measures the number of bits needed for coding the instruction. This measure furthermore serves as a novel tool for studying optimal coding strategies, as well as sensor and actuator selections for mobile robots.
Last update: May 15, 2002 by Anders Forsgren, anders.forsgren@math.kth.se.