Principal Investigator

Amanda Prorok Amanda Prorok is an Assistant Professor (University Lecturer) in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, at Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Pembroke College. Her research focuses on multi-agent and multi-robot systems. The lab's mission is to find new ways of coordinating artificially intelligent agents (e.g., robots, vehicles, machines) to achieve common goals in shared physical and virtual spaces. This research brings in methods from planning, control, estimation, and learning, and has numerous applications, including automated transport and logistics, environmental monitoring, surveillance, and search.

Our research is supported by Amazon, Arm, the Distributed and Collaborative Intelligent Systems and Technology Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA), Nokia Bell Labs, and UKRI's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Amanda Prorok has been honored by the EPSRC New Investigator Award, the Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Award, and the Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) Award for the best thesis at EPFL in Computer Science. Further awards include Best Paper at DARS 2018, Finalist for Best Multi-Robot Systems Paper at ICRA 2017, Best Paper at BICT 2015, and MIT Rising Stars 2015. She serves as Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (R-AL), and Associate Editor for Autonomous Robots (AURO). Prior to joining Cambridge, Amanda Prorok was a postdoctoral researcher at the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, where she worked with Prof. Vijay Kumar. She completed her PhD at EPFL, Switzerland, with Prof. Alcherio Martinoli.

Contact

University of Cambridge
William Gates Building
15 JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0FD, UK

asp45 at cam.ac.uk

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Our research on cooperative driving is featured in BBC4 program The Hidden Wilds of the Motorway (start at 1:19:40).
(Published on 07/2020)

Recipient of this year's Amazon Research Awards, for our research on learning how to communicate to coordinate (in multi-robot systems).
(Published on 06/2020)

Delighted that our paper “Multi-Vehicle Mixed Reality Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Multi-Lane Driving” has been selected for inclusion in the 'Best Papers' volume from AAMAS workshops, to be published by Springer.
(Published on 06/2020)

Speaking at the Workshop on Foundational Problems in Multi-robot Coordination under Uncertainty and Adversarial Attacks at ICRA, June 4, 2020.
(Published on 05/2020)

Speaking at the Workshop on Heterogeneous Multi-Robot Task Allocation and Coordination at RSS, July 12, 2020.
(Published on 04/2020)

Guest Editor for an IEEE T-RO Special Issue on Resilience in Networked Robotic Systems.
(Published on 12/2019)

Nominated as one of the 30 women in robotics you need to know about.
(Published on 10/2019)

I have been elected General Chair for the 3rd IEEE International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems, 2021, which will be held in Cambridge, UK.
(Published on 08/2019)

Holding keynotes at the International Robotics Showcase conference, and MobiUK conference this summer.
(Published on 06/2019)

Our work on cooperative driving is covered by BBC.
(Published on 05/2019)

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Jobs

PhD applicants who wish to work in my lab are encouraged to apply here.

Recent Papers

Q. Li, F. Gama, A. Ribeiro, A. Prorok, Graph Neural Networks for Decentralized Multi-Robot Path Planning. PDF.

A. Prorok, Robust Assignment Using Redundant Robots on Transport Networks with Uncertain Travel Time, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), 2020. PDF, preprint.

A. Raymond, H. Gunes, A. Prorok, Culture-Based Explainable Human-Agent Deconfliction, Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS), 2020. PDF.

R. Mitchell, J. Fletcher, J. Panerati, A. Prorok, Multi-Vehicle Mixed-Reality Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Multi-Lane Driving, Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS), 2020. PDF.

H. Zheng, J. Panerati, G. Beltrame, A. Prorok, An Adversarial Approach to Private Flocking in Mobile Robot Teams, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 5.2 (2020): 1009-1016. PDF.

N. Hyldmar, Y. He, A. Prorok, A Fleet of Miniature Cars for Experiments in Cooperative Driving, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2019. PDF