Selected Plenary Talks / Invited Talks


Below, please find the slides for some selected presentations, along with some relevant publications if you would like to read more about the topics that were discussed.

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Intelligent Control: Automation via the Emulation of Biological Intelligence

Plenary Address, Third Congress of the Colombian Association for Automation (III Congreso de la Asociacion Colombiana de Automatica), (slides in conference Proceedings, pp. 9-46), Rionegro, Colombia, South America, Sept. 27, 1998.

The slides for this talk are available in .pdf form by clicking here (1.5MB, use Acrobat Reader 4.0).
 
For more background on the topics of this talk see, e.g., the chapter "Intelligent Control:
An Overview of Techniques" pp. 104-133, in: T. Samad, Ed., "Perspectives in Control Engineering: Technologies, Applications, and New Directions,'' IEEE Press, NY, 2001 by clicking here (1.1MB, .pdf file).

Distributed Optimization and Control Using Only a Germ of Intelligence

Plenary Address, IEEE Int. Symp. on Intelligent Control / IEEE Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, (brief associated paper of the same title in the conference Proceedings on pp. 5-13), Patras, Greece, July 19, 2000.

The slides for this talk are available in .pdf form by clicking here (11.2MB, use Acrobat Reader 4.0). Note, however, that I do not include the animations.
 
For more background on the topics of this talk see the paper "Biomimicry of Bacterial Foraging for Distributed Optimization and Control" (IEEE Control Systems Magazine) by clicking here.

Biomimicry of Foraging for Optimization, Control, and Automation

Plenary Address, IX Congreso Latinoamericano de Control Automatico (9th Latin American Congress on Automatic Control), Cali, Colombia, Nov. 3, 2000.

The slides for this talk are available in .pdf form by clicking here (11.3MB). Note, however, that I do not include the animations. These slides are also available in the conference proceedings CD-Rom.
 
For more background on the topics of this talk see the paper "Biomimicry of Bacterial Foraging for Distributed Optimization and Control" (IEEE Control Systems Magazine) by clicking here.

Biomimicry, Mathematics, and Physics for Control and Automation: Conflict or Harmony?

Plenary Address, IFAC Workshop on Advanced Fuzzy/Neural Control, Valencia Spain, Oct. 15-16, 2001.

The slides for this talk are available in Power Point form by clicking here.
 
For more background on the topics of this talk see the paper of the same title that is in the workshop proceedings by clicking here (paper in MS Word format).

Foraging Swarms: From Biology to Engineering Applications

Plenary Address, Second International Congress on Electrical and Electronics Engineering, National University of Colombia, Bogota, March 24-28, 2003.

The slides for this talk can be obtained by clicking here, and to get the movies click here, here, here, and here.
 
For more background on the topics of this talk see my publications or book on biomimicry.

Systems Biology of Group Decision Making

Plenary Address, IEEE Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, Ancona, Italy, June 29, 2006.

The slides for this talk can be obtained by clicking here.
For more background on the topics of this talk see my publications (e.g., on honey bee nest-site selection).

Organizer and Speaker, workshop on Systems Biology of Decision Making, in the Mathematical Bioengineering Program, NSF Mathematical Biosciences Institute, June 2008.


Invited speaker to Santa Fe Institute workshop on Collective Decision Making: From Neurons to Societies, Jan. 2009.


Keynote speaker Swarm Cognition Workshop, July 2009.


Invited speaker, Social Biomimicry Conference, Feb. 2010.