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SERC TALKS: “What’s Really Distributed in Distributed Autonomy?”
Speaker: Dr. Azad M. Madni is Technical Director of the Systems Architecting and Engineering Program and a Professor in Astronautical Engineeering Department at the University of Southern California.

Abstract: Distributed autonomy pertains to a sociotechnical system in which geographically distributed human and software agents make independent observations, pool them to jointly determine the state of the environment, and then make collaborative decisions based on their shared goals and knowledge of environment state. This Talk presents ongoing research on adaptive cyber-physical-human system, an example of intelligent distributed autonomy. The perimeter security of a parked transport aircraft using multiple surveillance quadcopters is used as an illustrative example. The distributed system simulation comprises: a world server, which maintains the state of all world entities and runs continuous dynamic simulation of all quadcopters; a perimeter defense computer, which runs the dashboard controlling the quadcopters; and an opposing force computer, which runs the dashboard controlling the enemy unit. In this simulation, decision making is also distributed with sensor fusion agents (that determine environment state from sensor data) residing on the world server, and decision-making agents (that exploit knowledge of environment state information to make decisions) residing on the perimeter defense computer.
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Aug 7, 2019 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Azad M. Madni
Technical Director, Systems Architecting and Engineering Program and Professor, Astronautical Engineering Department @University of Southern California
Dr. Madni received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1968, 1971 and 1978, respectively. He is also a graduate of the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute program for senior executives. Prof. Azad Madni’s research has been sponsored by several government agencies including DARPA, DHS S&T, DTRA, OSD, MDA, ONR, AFOSR, AFRL, ARI, ARL, RDECOM, CECOM, NAVAIR, NAVSEA, SPAWAR, DOE, NIST, NASA His research has also been sponsored by major aerospace companies including Boeing, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is a AAAS Fellow, AIAA Fellow, IEEE Life Fellow, IETE Life Fellow, INCOSE Fellow, and SDPS Fellow. He has received several awards from DoD, the commercial sector, and professional societies, including the 2011 INCOSE Pioneer Award, SBA’s 1999 National Tibbetts’ award for California, 2000 Blue Chip Enterprise award for California from Mass Mutual and the US Chamber of Commerce, among others.