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Fall 2012 GRASP Seminar - John Enright, Kiva Systems, "Optimization And Coordinated Autonomy In Mobile Fulfillment Systems"
Presenter: John Enright (Homepage)
Friday October 12, 2012 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
The task of coordinating hundreds of mobile robots in one of Kiva System's warehouses presents many challenging multiagent resource allocation problems. The resources include things like inventory, open orders, small shelving units, and the robots themselves. The types of resources can be classified by whether they are consumable, recycled, or scheduled. Further, the global optimization problem can be broken down into more manageable sub-problems, some of which map to (hard) versions of well known computational problems, but with a dynamic, temporal twist.
John Enright is a Senior Research Scientist at Kiva Systems. He received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Systems and Control from the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008. He spent the summer of 2006 as a visiting researcher at the Air Force Research Lab and his final year of doctoral work as a visiting researcher at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.