Short Bio

Dylan Shell is an associate professor of computer science and engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He received his BSc degree in computational & applied mathematics and computer science from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. His research aims to synthesize and analyze complex, intelligent behavior in distributed systems that exploit their physical embedding to interact with the physical world.

He has published papers on multi-robot task allocation, robotics for emergency scenarios, biologically inspired multiple robot systems, multi-robot routing, estimation of group-level swarm properties, statistical mechanics for robot swarms, minimalist manipulation, wireless communication models for robot systems, interpolation for adaptive robotic sampling, rigid-body simulation and contact models, human-robot interaction, and robotic theatre.

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Recent Professional Service

I am one of the organizers for the IEEE/RSJ IROS 2014 workshop, entitled The future of multiple-robot research and its multiple identities.

I served as an area chair for Robotics Science and Systems (RSS) 2014, and served as an area chair for RSS 2013. Before that, I was the publicity chair for RSS 2012 in Sydney. I chaired the video session for RSS 2011, in Los Angeles.

I was also an associate editor for IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2014, having served in this capacity for IROS 2013, 2012 and ICRA 2013, 2011, 2009. I was also part of the student travel awards committee for IROS 2011.

I co-organized (with James McLurkin) the 2011 AAAI Spring Symposium on the topic of "Multi-Robot Systems and Physical Data Structures" held at Stanford 21—23 March 2011.


R.U.R I rather enjoy this image. It seems to imply that even from the moment Karel Čapek coined the word robot, tedious maintenance was anticipated. As a rule I insist on wearing a flat cap whilst tinkering on robots. But, alas, my students appear to think this faddish and have opted to eschew this well-meaning example.

For the love of robots!