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A&M-Texarkana to Host STEM-N-ar on Swarm Intelligence

Published: November 11, 2016

The Texas A&M University-Texarkana College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will host a STEM-N-ar on “Swarm Intelligence: Agent-Based Modeling in Engineering and Biology” on Thursday, Dec. 1, in Science and Technology 101 on the A&M-Texarkana campus, 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Matthew Alan Beauregard, associate professor of mathematics at Stephen F. Austin State University.

“In a swarm, each individual agent follows relatively simple rules that are not coordinated by a global aggregate objective. Nevertheless, observance of simple rules by the individual agents may lead to unexpected and complex behaviors that do achieve a macroscopic objective,” said Dr. Beauregard. “In this presentation, we shall explore how when relatively simple rules are followed by individual agents that this can lead to interesting emerging behaviors in the aggregate. Given a set of rules, can we predict the emerging behavior? Given an emerging behavior, can we reverse-engineer the rules?”

In addition to his work at Stephen F. Austin State University, Dr. Beauregard is an adjunct professor at the Center of Astrophysics, Space and Engineering housed at the Baylor Research Innovative Collaborative. He has served as a faculty member at Clarkson University and was a post-doctoral researcher at Baylor University and the University of Arizona. In the past decade he has mentored over 24 undergraduate students in undergraduate interdisciplinary research activities in robotic, civil and mechanical engineering, computational science, statistics and applied mathematics. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications; eight of which were with students.

Networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Science and Technology lobby. The STEM-N-ar will get underway at 6:30 p.m. with a question-and-answer session to follow. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Tana Pool at Tana.Pool@tamut.edu or Dr. John Kelly at jkelly@tamut.edu.


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