Research

My research focuses on the coordination and control of multi-robot systems. Click on the links below for more details on specific projects.

Adapting to Performance Variations in Multi-Robot Coverage Control

Bio-Inspired Non-Cooperative Multi-Robot Herding

Cooperative Multi-Quadrotor Pursuit of an Evader in an Environment with No-Fly Zones (Best Conference Paper Finalist, ICRA 2016)

Intercepting Rogue Robots: An Algorithm for Capturing Multiple Evaders with Multiple Pursuers

Dynamics of a Pigeon Turning in Flight [HMC]

Publications

Robots

  • A. Pierson, Z. Wang, and M. Schwager, “Intercepting Rogue Robots: An Algorithm for Capturing Multiple Evaders with Multiple Pursuers,” IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) with ICRA option, 2016, Accepted.
  • A. Pierson and M. Schwager, “Controlling Non-Cooperative Herds with Robotic Herders,” Transactions on Robotics (T-RO), 2016, Under Review.
  • A. Pierson, L. Figueiredo, L. Pimenta, and M. Schwager, “Adapting to Sensing and Actuation Variations in Multi-Robot Coverage,” International Journal of Robotics Research, 2015, Accepted.
  • A. Pierson, A. Ataei, I. Paschalidis, and M. Schwager, “Cooperative Multi-Quadrotor Pursuit of an Evader in an Environment with No-Fly Zones,” In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 2016. Best Conference Paper Finalist.
  • A. Pierson and M. Schwager, “Bio-Inspired Non-Cooperative Multi-Robot Herding,” In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 2015. [pdf]
  • A. Pierson, L. Figueiredo, L. Pimenta, and M. Schwager, “Adapting to Performance Variations in Multi-Robot Coverage,” In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 2015. [pdf]
  • A. Pierson and M. Schwager, “Adaptive Inter-Robot Trust for Robust Multi-Robot Sensor Coverage,” In Proceedings of the International Symposium of Robotics Research (ISRR 13), December 2013. [pdf]

Pigeons

  • I. Ros, M. Badger, A. Pierson, L. Bassman, A. Biewener, “Pigeons produce aerodynamic torques through changes in wing trajectory during low speed aerial turns,” Journal of Experimental Biology, December, 2014, vol. 218, no. 3, pp. 480-490.
  • I. Ros, M. Badger, A. Pierson, L. Bassman, A. Biewener, “Translational and Rotational Components of Low Speed Turning in the Pigeon Columba livia,” Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2011, vol. 51.
  • I. Ros, L. Bassman, M. Badger, A. Pierson, A. Biewener, “Pigeons steer like helicopters and generate down-and upstroke lift during low speed turns,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, December, 2011, vol. 108, no. 50, pp. 19990-19995.

Presentations

  • “Adaptive Trust in Multi-Robot Coverage Control,” poster presentation at the Northeastern Robotics Colloquium, Oct 2013
  • “Adaptive Trust in Multi-Robot Systems,” presentation at Networked Multi-Agent Systems Workshop, Intl. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, May 2013