Starting in October, the TU Delft Robotics Institute will be holding a series of month lunch seminars delivered by, and for, our Robotics community.
They will be held on the third Thursday of the month from 12:30 to 13:30, with lunch available from 12:00. The venue will generally be a room in the speaker’s faculty. The aims of this seminar series are to showcase the breadth of our research, stimulate discussion, and provide a regular opportunity to meet up and chat to each other.
Since moving to Industrial Design Engineering from a Mechanical Engineering department in the UK last year, I have been working to develop a new research direction that adapts my interdisciplinary robotics background to the more human-focussed world of design. The result is something I’m calling human-centric swarm robotics, which stems from a recognition of the fact that in many prospective applications, robot swarms stand to gain from effective collaboration with humans. My goal is to design swarms to function in ways that are intuitively approachable, efficient, and safe for human interaction. This approach necessitates consideration of various aspects such as the development of user-friendly interfaces, enhancement of human-robot (and human-swarm) communication, comprehension of human intentions or desires, and ensuring the safety and psychological comfort of human users. This seminar will touch on some of my previous work, present the results of a few interesting pilot projects I’ve undertaken here at Delft, and outline what I’m hoping to achieve. A big part of my motivation for giving this seminar is to get your feedback on my prototype vision and find people to collaborate with!
Jordan Boyle is an Assistant Professor in the Materializing Futures section of Industrial Desing Engineering. He did his BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, his PhD in Computational Neuroscience at the School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK, and was a Research Fellow, then Lecturer, then Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering also at Leeds. His research interests revolve around mobile robotics, with a particular taste for bio-inspired solutions.