About Us

The Automatic Coordination of Teams (ACT) Lab at Brown University.

ACT Lab conducts research in the area of coordinated multi-robot systems. The common theme behind our different research threads is that we provide theoretically sound solutions to practically motivated problems.

The research of ACT is supported by Office of Naval Research (ONR), Army Research Laboratory (ARL), and National Science Foundation (NSF).


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Recent Highlights

Our paper "Inter-Robot Range Measurements in Pose Graph Optimization" was accepted to IROS 2020.
June 2020

Connie Zhang was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship beginning Fall 2020.
April 2020

Eric Ewing was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention.
April 2020

Our paper "3-Dimensional Keypoint Repeatability for Heterogeneous Multi-Robot SLAM" was accepted to ICRA 2019.
January 2019

Our paper "Persistent and Robust Execution of MAPF Schedules in Warehouses" was accepted to IEEE RA-L 2019.
December 2018

Elizabeth Boroson was awarded the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship beginning Fall 2018.
August 2018

Our paper "Trajectory Planning for Heterogeneous Robot Teams" was accepted to IROS 2018.
June 2018

Our paper "Conflict-Based Search with Optimal Task Assignment" was accepted to AAMAS 2018 (joint work with Amazon Robotics).
January 2018

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We are seeking multiple Ph.D. students to work on multiple federally funded projects in multi-robot systems.
November 2017

Our paper "Downwash-Aware Trajectory Planning for Large Quadrotor Teams" was accepted to IROS 2017
June 2017

Our Crazyswarm research is featured at USA Today
March 2017

Our paper "Crazyswarm: A Large Nano-Quadcopter Swarm" was accepted to IEEE ICRA 2017
January 2017

Our paper "Seamless Robot Simulation Integration for Education: A Case Study" has been accepted at the workshop on the Role of Simulation in Robot Programming at SIMPAR 2016.
November 2016

Our book chapter "Flying Multiple UAVs Using ROS" will appear in the Springer Book on Robot Operating System (ROS) 2017
November 2016

Our Crazyswarm was Accepted to Appear in IEEE IROS 2016 Late Breaking
August 2016

Dr. Ayanian Selected by MIT Technology Review as a TR35 Top Innovator
August 2016

Two of our submissions were accepted to IROS!
July 2016

Our paper "Multi-Agent Path Finding with Kinematic Contraints" wins Best Paper in Robotics Track at ICAPS
March 2016

Our paper "Multi-Agent Path Finding with Kinematic Contraints" was accepted to ICAPS
January 2016

ACT Lab featured in the inside cover of the USC Viterbi magazine
November 2015

Paper Accepted to Appear in IEEE IROS 2015
July 2015

Dr. Ayanian Honored in Inaugural Mic 50
June 2015

Our Paper is Accepted to Appear in IEEE CASE 2015
May 2015

Dr. Ayanian wins the Hanna Reisler Mentorship Award
April 2015

Undergrads in the ACT Lab Receive WiSE Research Awards
April 2015

Winning the Best Demo Award in the Annual Research Review
March 2015