This page contains a brief description of some of my Research Topics. My research is mainly performed on eight projects focused on Coordination of Multi-Agent Systems and Intelligent Robotics:
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I have been also involved in other research projects:
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Coordination in Multi-Agent Systems
Research new coordination mechanisms for performing teamwork and create a general coordination model. I have been researching several coordination mechanisms like coordination by structural organization (including a-priori common knowledge, role definition and exchange, partially hierarchical control, spatial positioning using formations and situation base reasoning); coordination by contracting; coordination by multi-agent planning (including task decomposition and allocation); coordination by negotiation; coordination by communication; coordination without communication (by mutual modeling and intelligent perception).
Strategic Reasoning and Tactical Modeling
Improve our previous work on the formalization of the concept of strategy and generalize it for other competitive domains. A strategy in our formalization is composed by a set of tactics (including several formations and teamwork parameters), agent types (roles), opponent modeling strategies, teammate modeling strategies, communication strategies and intelligent perception strategies. Each tactic includes formations that are used according to the situation (one at each time) and preset plans used in specific situations. In each formation, agents have different positioning and roles (player types). In strategic situations, agents keep their strategic behavior (defined before the competition). Only in active situations (defined by critical situation rules), agents assume an active behavior and abandon their strategic behavior.
Robotics and Robotic Soccer
Development of new robotic platforms and robotic teams for performing complex tasks in dynamic open environments like the small-size, middle-size and Sony legged leagues of RoboCup. Participation in national and international robotic competitions like RoboCup, German Open, Portuguese Robotics Open, Micro-Mouse and Ciber-Mouse, Robotic Fire-Fighting and Robotic Autonomous Driving competitions. Develop a general framework for cooperative robotics. Apply the coordination, communication, strategic reasoning and tactical modeling methodologies developed for simulated environments (like RoboCup simulation league) in real environments and real robotic teams. Bridge the gap between simulation and robotics.
Luís Paulo Reis, Coordenação em Sistemas Multi-Agente: Aplicações na Gestão Universitária e Futebol Robótico (Coordination in Multi-Agent Systems: Applications in University Management and Robotic Soccer), PhD Thesis, FEUP, July of 2003
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