2017 Speakers

Tom Bewley


UCSD Flow Control & Coordinated Robotics Labs

Thomas R Bewley (BS/MS, Caltech, 1989; diploma, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, 1990; PhD, Stanford, 1998) directs the Flow Control and Coordinated Robotics Labs, which collaborate closely on interdisciplinary projects, within the Contextual Robotics Institute at UC San Diego.  The UCSD Flow Control Lab investigates a range of questions ranging from theoretical to applied, including the development of advanced analysis tools and numerical methods to better understand, optimize, estimate, forecast, and control fluid systems. Their unique and highly efficient algorithms for derivative-free optimization, adaptive observation, and under-actuated control of balloons in hurricanes are particularly noteworthy.  The UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab investigates the mobility and coordination of small multi-modal robotic vehicles, leveraging dynamic models and feedback control, with prototypes built using cellphone-grade and IoT technologies, custom PCBs, and 3D printing; the team has also worked with a number of commercial partners to design and bring successful consumer and educational-focused robotics products to market; many of these products are now available for purchase online at Renaissance Robotics.

Saving the World, One Robot Swarm-Infested Hurricane at a Time
Saving the World, One Robot Swarm Infested Hurricane at a Time, Presented by Qualcomm