UTCS Colloquia/AI - Michal Pechoucek/Czech Technical University in Prague, "Towards scalable, high-fidelity and mixed multi-agent simulation of manned/unamnned air traffic", ACES 2.402

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Apr 1, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm

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Type of Talk: UTCS Colloquia/AI

Speaker/Affiliation: Michal
Pechoucek/Czech Technical University in Prague

Talk Audience: UTCS Fa

culty, Grads, Undergrads, and Outside Interested Parties

Friday, April 1, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Location: ACES 2.402

Host: Pe

ter Stone

Talk Title: Towards scalable, high-fidelity and mixed multi

-agent simulation of manned/unamnned air traffic

Talk Abstract:

i-agent systems and agent technologies enable simulation, testing and depl

oyment of a wide range of air traffic control and management methods. In Ag

ent Technology Center, we study free-flight concept as a modern approach t

o flexible collision free air traffic control. Results of our research have
been validated on AGENTFLY - multi-agent simulation system. AGENTFLY is as
a software prototype of a versatile modeling environment allowing high-fid

elity simulation experiments of collective flight of unmanned aerial assets
as well as an environment for testing different methods for collision dete

ction and collision resolution in civilian traffic. AGENTFLY has been devel

oped in cooperation with the US Air Force and US Army and is further extend

ed in cooperation with the FAA ATC. AGENTFLY is currently being also deploy

ed on the PROCERUS UAS platform. During my talk I will address the problem

statement of free-flight oriented collision free air traffic planning, int

roduce the designed planning and collision avoidance methods and discuss sy

stem''s scalability with respect to NAS modeling and also deployment on phy

sical hardware platforms.

Speaker Bio:
Michal Pechoucek is a full pr

ofessor in computer science at the Czech Technical University (CTU). He is

the deputy Head of the Department of Cybernetics at CTU and the head of the
Agent Technology Center at CTU. The research interests of Michal Pechoucek
lie mainly in the fields of multi-agent simulation and modeling, coordina

tion, social knowledge representation, multi-agent planning, multi-agent
prototypes and test-beds and applications of agent-based computing into se

curity related applications, UAV robotic coordination and air-traffic cont

rol. Michal Pechoucek has been a PI on more than 25 research contracts and

grants provided by US Air Force, CERDEC US Army, Office for Naval Researc

h. He run two research contracts provided by the FAA and cooperated on two

additional research grants funded by NASA. His research has been also funde

d by industry including Rockwell Automation, FOXCON, Denso AUTOMOTIVE, C

ADANCE Design Systems and others. He has been awarded by the Czech Mind for
Invention in 2010, Google research award in 2009, Czech Engineering Acad

emy Award 2007. He was the AAMAS Industry track chair in 2005, AAMAS SPC i

n 2008 and 2010. He is a honorary member of Artificial Intelligence Applica

tion Institute at University of Edinburgh and member of advisory board of t

he Center for Advanced Information Technology, University of Binghamton. H

e is a Fulbright fellowship recipient funding his visiting professorship at
University of Southern California. He is co-founder of Cognitive Security

, and AgentFly Technologies, two Czech start-up companies. He is an adviso

ry board member of the FL3XX, an Austrian start-up company.