The University of Southampton

Dr Mohammad Divband Soorati Dr.Eng., MSc, BSc

I am an Alan Turing Research Fellow in Human-Machine teaming. I work in the Agents, Interaction, and Complexity Group (AIC) with Professor Sarvapali D. (Gopal) Ramchurn.

I have a Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Luebeck in Germany where I was a member of an EU-project, flora robotica. My supervisor and the coordinator of the project was Professor Heiko Hamann. I have an MSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Paderborn in Germany and a BSc degree in Software Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology. 


Research interests

As a roboticist I work on: 1) Swarm Robotics & Multi-Agent Systems: I work on designing a large number of robots that can perform complicated tasks together. It is an open challenge to design algorithms for robots that can adapt to the dynamic features of the environment. Existing research on multi-robot self-assembly is mostly limited to predefined scenarios that reconfigure in long time-scales. I work on swarms that can autonomously adapt to dynamic environments and repair damage. 2) Human-swarm interaction: I develop methods of interaction between a team of human-operators and a swarm of robots. 3) Evolutionary Robotics: Inspired by the Darwinian theory of evolution, evolutionary robotics emerged with great early success and is meanwhile struggling to scale to more complex tasks. I study how robots can be evolve to solve complex tasks with a minimum a priori knowledge. 4) Bio-Inspired Robotics: Can we get inspired and mimic nature to build autonomous systems? I would like to know how we can learn from organisms such as plants, slime molds, and animals to build amazing algorithms and behaviors.

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