Optimization Group Meetings

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  1. Community. Keep everyone updated as to what other work is going on in the lab
  2. Research. Cross germination. Get feedback. Get help on problems. Get ideas.
  3. Admin. Lab administration.


  1. Iridia Administration (0 - 15 mins)
  2. Presentation & Discussion (30 - 50 mins)
    • Work you have been doing
    • Reading you have been doing in the context of your work
    • Other reading on something you are passionate about
  3. Optimization Group Administration (0 - 15 mins)

Try and make your session as involving as possible for everyone:

  • Send round material to be read beforehand.
  • Ask people before the meeting what aspects of your work / reading they would like to know about or discuss.
  • Think about implications of what you are presenting for the research direction of the lab as a whole - methodologies, technologies etc.

Timing & Attendance

The weekly meetings ALWAYS take place on

Wednesdays at 14.30


  • A given Wednesday is a public holiday, or
  • Something very important (like a Ph.D. defense) is overlapping.

If either should happen the meeting is postponed to the next day.

Please indicate on this wiki page if you are not going to be able to attend a meeting (no later than the Friday before).

If you forget to note your absence in advance you will be severely punished and will be forced to buy a nice, big cake for the following meeting.

Previous Meetings

See Minutes and agendas from previous meetings.

Friday 28th October - Prasanna

Presentation / Discussion Topics

Local Search under Uncertainty:

  • Overview of the state-of-the-art local search techniques to tackle uncertainty
  • Empirical estimation based local search to tackle uncertainty

Administration Issues

  • Structure for the weekly meeting
  • Time schedule for the Optimization weekly meeting
  • Wiki page administration
  • Next week...

People who will be absent -NA-


Download Presentation(PPT)

Wednesday 2nd November - Rehan


  1. IRIDIA Admin
    • Coffee Machine
    • New Wiki Pages
    • Next week...
  2. Presentation / Discussion
    • What is robotic pattern formation?
    • Potential applications using the Swarm Bot robotic platform
    • Discussion / feedback on my research direction
  3. Robotics Group Admin
    • Sbot / Simulator programmatic interfaces
    • Buying a computer+flatscreen for the robot room (or taking one that is not used)

Reading Material

  • There is no reading material for this weeks presentation

People who will be absent

Elio, Marco

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