Designing Rules for Multi-Robot Systems
July 2023 – July 2025
The goal of this project is to engineer the rules by which intelligent robots interact with each other in public spaces. In particular, this project focuses on tools from the field of mechanism design, which strives to set rules for interaction between rational agents. Designing rules via mechanism design allows for systems where robots truly collaborate toward global goals, even when their individual goals and specifications might differ. Mechanism design, coupled with tools from formal methods and planning, can help achieve global goals like safely sharing resources, minimizing the risk of failures in uncertain systems, and engendering the trust of humans.
Multi-robot planning is a complex optimization problem that must take into account both the goals of each individual robot and the interaction between those goals. The first step toward solving this problem requires an understanding of the realities of modern-day robots. The second step requires meta-reasoning through game theory. This problem becomes more complicated with the introduction of humans, who interact with robots in unique and often unpredictable ways.
About the Digital Futures Postdoc Fellow
Anna Gautier is a postdoctoral researcher in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics. She works at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in the division of Robotics, Perception and Learning. Anna obtained her PhD from the University of Oxford in July 2023, with a thesis entitled “Resource Allocation for Constrained Multi-Agent Systems.” Her research interests include multi-agent systems, human-robot interaction, planning under uncertainty, formal methods and mechanism design.
Jana Tumova, Associate Professor at the Department of Robotics, Perception, and Learning at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Digital Futures Faculty
Iolanda Leite, Associate Professor at the Department of Robotics, Perception, and Learning at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Digital Futures Faculty
Digital Futures Postdoctoral Fellow, Postdoc project: Designing Rules for Multi-Robot Systemsannagau@kth.se
Associate Professor, Division of Robotics, Perception and Learning at KTH, PI of project Scavenger: Real-time logic-based control for an autonomous scavenger robot, Digital Futures Facultytumova@kth.se
Associate Professor, Department of Robotics, Perception and Learning at KTH, Working group Learn, PI of research project Advanced Adaptive Intelligent Systems (AAIS), Supervisor for Postdoc project Designing Gamified Robot-Enhanced Interventions for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Supervisor for postdoc project On The Feminist Design of Social Robots and Designing Robots For Young People, With Young People, Digital Futures Facultyiolanda@kth.se