The Science Café series returns to Mershon Hall. This series features expert speakers and discussions on exciting conservation topics. Enjoy refreshing drinks during Cocktails in the Garden every Thursday!
Free with Garden Admission | Meet in Mershon Hall
September 19: Swarm Robotics – Lessons from Biology & How Robots Can Help With Environmental Monitoring
Speaker: Magnus Egerstedt, Professor and School Chair, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Georgia Institute of Technology
Description: Dr. Magnus Egerstedt is the Steve W. Chaddick School Chair and Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He previously served as the Executive Director for the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech, overseeing one of the largest robotics institutes in the nation. He received the M.S. degree in Engineering Physics and the Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, the B.A. degree in Philosophy from Stockholm University, and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Harvard University. Dr. Egerstedt conducts research in the areas of swarm robotics, with particular focus on distributed machine learning, decision making, and coordinated controls.
By drawing inspiration from social insects, flocking birds, or schooling fish, swarm robotics investigates how large teams of robots should be coordinated. This talk will describe how to make robot teams do useful things, including performing environmental monitoring and conservation tasks.
October 17: Alien Invaders of the Georgia Coast
Speaker: Anthony Martin, Professor of Pedagogy, Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory University
Description: This discussion will touch on conservation issues related to the ecological impact of invasive species on the Georgia barrier islands such as hogs, horses, cattle, cats and ambrosia beetles.