Renzo Caballero: Ph.D. Research Proposal Defense


Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 08:30 a.m.
Building 2, Level 5, Room 5220; Join Zoom Meeting

"Theory and Dynamics of Self-Repair Systems"

Committee Members
Prof. Eric Feron, Prof. Shinkyu Park, Prof. Diogo Gomez, Prof. David Keyes, Prof. Taous-Meriem Laleg

We propose approaching the self-repair concept in robots from a control theory and mathematical modeling point of view by understanding the self-repair dynamics and finding conditions for stability in the repair process. We utilize a 3D printer as a proof of concept. Through experimentation and observation, we construct mathematical models to predict the printer's behavior when some of its parts wear out or are damaged. We analyze whether the printer can achieve self-repair with the mentioned models and perform validations through more experimentation. Finally, we plan to utilize our models to understand the role of self-repair systems in logistics and their connection with self-improving systems.


Renzo Caballero received an Electrical Engineering degree from Universidad de la República, Uruguay, in 2016, and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science degree from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), KSA, in 2019. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at KAUST. His current research focuses on self-replicating robots, but he also is interested in microelectronic design, synthesis of 2D materials, and stochastic optimal control.