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Colloquium - Bradley

ECCR 265

Chaos, Artificial Intelligence and Design
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science
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In this talk, I will present two nontraditional approaches to the art of engineering whose roots lie, respectively, in artificial intelligence and nonlinear dynamics. I will begin by describing several AI tools that automate meaningful parts of an engineer's job: analyzing data (FCDMF), modeling system dynamics (PRET), and designing controllers (Perfect Moment). Following a brief review of the operative mathematical theory and computational techniques, I will then use a variety of examples to demonstrate that chaos is not only interesting, but actually quite useful. These examples -- which are drawn from various areas of science, engineering, and even the performing arts -- include methods that extract topological properties from sparse, quantized data; spacecraft trajectories that require less fuel; tracking circuitry with wider lock ranges; flow-control techniques that use MEMS actuators to harness the "butterfly effect;" and chaotic choreographic variations.

The Department holds colloquia throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. These colloquia, open to the public, are typically held on Thursday afternoons, but sometimes occur at other times as well. If you would like to receive email notification of upcoming colloquia, subscribe to our Colloquia Mailing List. If you would like to schedule a colloquium, see Colloquium Scheduling.

Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact Stephanie Morris at least five days prior to the colloquium.

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