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Nature@Noon Lecture: From understanding ants to building better robots

September 30, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Nature@Noon: From Understanding Ants to Building Better Robots, September 30, 2020

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Each day, ants accomplish seemingly impossible feats. They cooperate to carry large objects, make decisions about where to live or collectively defend their nests without any kind of leadership or central control. How do they do it?

Join ASU biology Professor Stephen Pratt on an exploration of how ants use decentralized design to successfully carry out the tasks of daily survival. Learn how engineers are mimicking these strategies in human applications, including the design of robot swarms in the field.

Nature@Noon: From Understanding Ants to Building Better Robots
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Noon–1 p.m.
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About the speaker

Stephen Pratt is a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences. He studies the emergence of complex social behavior in leaderless, decentralized groups, particularly social insect colonies. He works with engineers to translate lessons from social animals to robot swarms and other human-designed systems.

About Nature@Noon

Nature@Noon is a series of workshops that explores the collection of ASU’s new NatureMaker library and its potential to inspire sustainable innovation. NatureMaker is a collaboration between the Biomimicry Center and the ASU Library.


September 30, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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