Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA
Justin Werfel

Justin Werfel
Senior Research Scientist, Harvard University, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

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Justin Werfel is a senior research scientist at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. His research includes work on swarm robotics, evolutionary theory, DNA self-assembly, social insect behavior, and other topics in complex systems and self-organization. His work on termite-inspired construction robots was featured on the cover of Science and highlighted among Science’s “top 10 scientific achievements of 2014.”

Sessions

1:15pm–1:55pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Bio
Location: C 210 (Bldg C)
Justin Werfel (Harvard University, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering)
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Social insects like ants and termites build huge, complex structures through the collective actions of millions of independent agents. How could we engineer systems that harness that kind of power? I'll describe how we built and programmed a decentralized system of construction robots that takes a blueprint of a desired final structure as the only input, and provably builds that structure. Read more.