Wei-Min Shen is a guest in the sixth episode of the Flexible Elements podacst!

Dr. Wei-Min Shen

In this episode I am proud to have Dr. Wei-Min Shen tell us about his
work, that has a fantastic depth and is fundamental to the development
of Self-Reconfiguring Modular Robotics. We hear about the early work
and how he even won a world championship in football! We also get the
full story behind his 3 am discovery of the hormonal control approach,
where the reconfiguration process is controlled in the same way as for
instance ants are controlled. We also hear about Dr Shen’s work
developing the Conro and Superbot systems and we talk about the Singo
connector, connector problems in general and much more. I am so
grateful that Dr Shen agreed to take part in the podcast.

Listen to the show at It conversations! http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail4833.html

Dr. Wei-Min Shen is the Director of Polymorphic Robotics Laboratory,
an Associate Director of the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems,
and a Research Professor in Computer Science at University of Southern
California. He received his Ph.D. under Nobel Laureate Professor
Herbert A. Simon from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989. Dr. Shen’s
current research interests include self-reconfigurable and metamorphic
systems, autonomous robots, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence,
and Life Science, and he has over 100 publications in these areas. He
is the recipient of a Silver-Medal Award in 1996 AAAI Robotics
Competition, a World Championship Award in 1997 Middle-sized RoboCup
Competition, a Meritorious Service Award at ISI in 1997, a Phi Kappa
Phi Faculty Recognition Award at USC in 2003, a Championship Award at
the first ICRA planetary contingency robotic competition in 2008, and
a Best Paper Award at the 26th Arm Science Conference in 2008. His
research activities have been reported by SCIENCE, NATURE, PBS, CNN,
BBC, Fox, Discovery, LATimes, NYT, and other medias around the world.

Show Notes:
Wei Min Shen http://www.isi.edu/~shen/
Polymorphic Robotics Laboratory http://www.isi.edu/robots/
SINGO: A Single-End-Operative and Genderless Connector for
Self-Reconfiguration, Self-Assembly and Self-Healing Wei-Min

Superbot http://www.isi.edu/robots/superbot.htm
CNN story on the work of proffesor Shen http://www.isi.edu/isd/robot-cnn3.html
– The 1997 Dream Team http://www.isi.edu/isd/dreamteam/
Peter Will http://www.isi.edu/~will/
– The Conro Robot http://www.isi.edu/robots/conro/
– Hormones for Self-Reconfigurable Robots
– Many exelent papers on SRCMR including the use of hormones
– The paper that showed us that the rearranging problem is realy hard,
infact it NP hard (More on NP problems http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NP_(complexity))
On the Complexity of Optimal Reconfiuration Planning for Modular
Reconfigurable Robots
” Hou, Feili, W.-M. Shen ICRA
2010 http://www.isi.edu/robots/prl/hou2010complexity-optimal-reconfiguration-planning.pdf
Feili Hou http://www-scf.usc.edu/~fhou/
Scalable Shape Sculpting via Hole Motion: Motion Planning in
Lattice-Constrained Modular Robots

– Moving Holes in a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa3f7mBAeX8
The Home page of Professor Daniela Rus http://www.csail.mit.edu/user/876
– The Distributed Robotics Laboratory
– The disasembly prosses as one way to handel the reconfiguration proces
– Search for Robot Pebbles: One Centimeter Modules for Programmable
Matter through Self-Disassembly by Kyle Gilpin, Ara Knaian, Daniela
Rus in Modular Robots: State of the Art at

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