IRIM Robotics Seminar–Justin Werfel

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  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Room 1116

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Harvard’s Justin Werfel presents a seminar as part of the IRIM Robotics Seminar Series. The event will be held in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building from 12-1 p.m. and is open to the public.


Justin Werfel is a research scientist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, where he works on topics in complex and emergent systems, with a focus on swarm robotics. He works most closely with the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group and also interact with the Molecular Systems Lab and Microrobotics Lab. His research interests are in the understanding and design of complex and emergent systems. He is currently working on the development of robotic systems motivated by biological collectives, such as ant colonies and cellular slime molds, with Wyss faculty including Radhika Nagpal and Rob Wood.

Werfel completed his Ph.D. at MIT in 2006, developing algorithms to allow swarms of simple robots to autonomously build user-specified structures. His postdoctoral research at Harvard included further exploration of collective construction, work on the evolution of cooperative and altruistic behaviors at the New England Complex Systems Institute, and cancer modeling at Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston.

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