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Human-organized Swarms

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Nazmus Saquib

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Swarm robotics traditionally have relied on autonomous organization of swarm robots using localization algorithms and self-actuation. In this project, we introduce and explore a new human-machine paradigm where humans (specially children, in the context of this project) organize and "actuate" the swarm units to solve specific educational tasks, and the swarms infer their group's spatial configuration and sense individual interactions with the child to provide feedback on learning/educational outcomes. By giving the child autonomy to manipulate the spatial configuration, we explore a shared cognitive paradigm wherein children and swarms work together to learn.

Swarm robotics traditionally have relied on autonomous organization of swarm robots using localization algorithms and self-actuation. In this project, we introduce and explore a new human-machine paradigm where humans (specially children, in the context of this project) organize and "actuate" the swarm units to solve specific educational tasks, and the swarms infer their group's spatial configuration and sense individual interactions with the child to provide feedback on learning/educational outcomes. By giving the child autonomy to manipulate the spatial configuration, we explore a shared cognitive paradigm wherein children and swarms work together to learn.

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All rights reserved to Social Machines group, MIT Media Lab