IEEE Communication Society New York Chapter, Technical Seminar Series (9)

The NY ComSoc chapter hosted a seminar on Nov 8, 2022. The title of the presentation is “Bayesian Learning and Bio-Inspired Autonomous Search in Aquatic Environment”, by Prof. Fumin Zhang from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Date: Tuesday Nov 8, 2022

Time: 5pm – 6:15pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Location: Hybrid, online over ZOOM, and in-person at CCNY in New York, USA

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Primary Host: New York Section Chapter,COM19

Event Agenda

05:00 PM – 05:10 PM: Setting up the projector and starting the ZOOM meeting

05:10 PM – 06:00 PM: Presentation

06:00 PM – 06:20 PM: Q&A

Talk Title

Bayesian Learning and Bio-Inspired Autonomous Search in Aquatic Environment


Search and rescue in aquatic environments can be very challenging and costly. The employment of robotic platforms and autonomy might significantly increase the efficiency and reduce the risk to humans in search and rescue missions. Motivated by insights from the autonomous collective foraging behaviors performed by animals in aquatic environments, this talk introduces models and provable strategies from control theory and robotics towards bio-inspired autonomous search operations. The bio-inspired methods generalizes to a Bayesian learning framework where insights from biology are well justified by systems theory such as reachability, consistency and optimality. Experimental effort with promising results demonstrates that bio-inspired autonomy might be preferred in aquatic environment that features severe limitation in communication, localization, and power consumption.

Speaker Bio

Dr.‬ ‪Fumin ZHANG‬ ‪is Dean’s Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a PhD degree in 2004 from the University of Maryland (College Park) in Electrical Engineering, and held a postdoctoral position in Princeton University from 2004 to 2007. His research interests include mobile sensor networks, maritime robotics, control systems, and theoretical foundations for cyber-physical systems. He received the NSF CAREER Award in September 2009 and the ONR Young Investigator Program Award in April 2010. He is currently serving as the co-chair for the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Marine Robotics, associate editors for IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, Robotics and Automation Letters, and IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.

Total Registration: 57 (as of 11/08/2022)

Total attendance: 7 online, 44 in-person

Presentation Video