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Evolution of Collective Behaviors for a Real Swarm of Aquatic Surface Robots

on 11-02-2016

... Discover what Anders Christensen, Sancho Oliveira, Miguel Duarte, Vasco Costa, Jorge Gomes, Tiago Rodrigues, and Fernando Silva from the BioMachines Lab and Institute of Telecommunications, in Lisbon, Portugal, have been doing in the area of Robot Boat Swarms.

There are numerous advantages to using numerous robots. Swarms are robust and flexible, and they can be much cheaper and more effective than a handful of large robots, provided that you can get them all coordinated on doing what you want them to do. This last bit isn’t easy, which is where the artificial neural networks and evolutionary algorithms come into play. By letting simulated robot boats execute simulated missions and learn from their simulated successes and simulated failures, controllers can learn how to execute swarm goals even while just controlling boats on an individual basis.

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Exemplary Reviewer Award 2015 to Francisco Monteiro

on 04-02-2016

... Francisco Monteiro, researcher from IT in Lisbon, has received an Exemplary Reviewer Award 2015, from the IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS for the second year in a row, following up his previous distinction for "dedicated service and high quality review work" in 2014. The IEEE WCL is a 1st-quartile journal, co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. The distinction is awarded to the best reviewers who provided both relevant and timely reviews, evaluated as such by the journal's associate editors during the year. In the statement of the Editorial Board of the IEEE WCL, the Award recognizes "fewer than 3% of all our reviewers in 2015 for their dedication and expertise in the art of reviewing. It is due to reviewers like them that we can maintain the high standards of the IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS."