‘Smart Surface’: Massively Parallel Actuator Array Controlled by Non-Linear Medium.

Prof. Andrew Adamatzky, Senior Research Fellow, CEMS, UWE, Bristol, has a unique interdisciplinary background and 20 years experience in the investigation of non-linear biological and physical systems. He has published over eighty papers in international journal and conference proceedings, authored two monographs in mathematical models of parallel computing and in unconventional computing, edited two monographs and prepared several journal special issues ranging from artificial life and computation with solitons to philosophical foundations of logic.  He has been the invited keynote speaker on reaction-diffusion computing and design of advanced unconventional massively parallel processors at conferences in USA, Germany, Russia and Czech Republic. Dr. Adamatzky is currently the Principal Investigator for EPSRC Grant No. GR/R31225/01 examining computing abilities of reaction-diffusion active chemical media as applied to a problem of guiding mobile robots toward a target. He contributes to the project his experience in designing mathematical models and working prototypes of unconventional computing devices based on non-linear media.


Personal website:  http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/adamatzky




Prof. Chris Melhuish is Director of the Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS) Lab in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) at UWE, Bristol and has 15 years experience in designing and constructing robot equipment. The last 8 years have been spent working specifically on autonomous robots systems. He has worked on many aspects of collective minimalist techniques including locomotion kinesis and taxis, secondary swarming, formation of 'work gangs', collective behaviour transition and building using stigmergy. He has given invited talks on collective minimalist systems at the California Institute for Technology, the Hokkaido Foundation for Science and Technology, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, University of Southern California and NASA,  and at the 7th Int. Symp. on Evolutionary Robotics, Tokyo. Prof. Melhuish is currently Principal Investigator for EPSRC Grant No. GR/R45536/01 examining control and co-ordination mechanisms for micro-robots based upon the study of collective sorting in Leptothorax ants. He and Prof. Adamtazky are also exploring minimalist structural self-organisation in an EPSRC funded study GR/R79319/01. Prof. Melhuish contributes to the project his experience in designing collectives of minimalist robot units and algorithms for collective object manipulation in collectives of mobile robots.



Dr. Mike Ackerman,  Senior Lecturer, CEMS, UWE, Bristol, obtained his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Birmingham University in 1982, and a PhD in the Wind Energy group of the Engineering department of Reading University in 1991. Since joining UWE in 1991 he has been involved in research in the area of energy conversion and power systems, wind energy systems and vehicle drive systems, and on aerospace manufacturing topics. He contributes to the project his experience in designing air flow devices and mechanisms.

Dr. Sergey Skachek, Research Associate, CEMS, UWE, Bristol,  obtained BSc and MSc in physics from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute in 1998. A PhD in Electrical Engineering from UWE. He contributes to the project his experience in programming, physics, mathematical modelling and numerical methods.