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Theodore Pavlic

Theodore Pavlic
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability
Assistant Professor, School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

tpavlic@asu.edu
480-965-2899

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502

Dr. Pavlic has an interdisciplinary background, starting with a PhD in electrical and computer engineering, progressing through research appointments in computer science and life sciences, leading to his current joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainability and the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. His research focuses on understanding adaptive decision-making strategies in autonomous systems. To this end, his laboratory does empirical work with natural systems, such as social-insect colonies, and does engineering work building decision-making algorithms for artificial systems, such as decentralized energy management systems for the built environment. Just as the biological models provide inspiration for novel engineering solutions, the engineering problems inspire new lines of scientific inquiry about those biological systems. This bidirectional flow is facilitated by solid mathematical models of fundamental decision-making processes in common with both the natural and engineered systems. Dr. Pavlic is the Associate Director of Research for The Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University. He is also active in several professional organizations and publication venues across engineering and life sciences. Dr. Pavlic is faculty in Sustainability, Industrial Engineering, Computer Engineering, Applied Math in the Life and Social Sciences, Biology, and Animal Behavior, and he is active in several of the complexity-related groups across ASU's campus.

PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2010

MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2007

BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2004

Journal Articles

2014

Pavlic, T. P. and K. M. Passino. 2014. Distributed and cooperative task processing: Cournot oligopolies on a graph. IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics 44(6):774-784. DOI: 10.1109/TCYB.2013.2271776. (link )

Pavlic, T. P., S. Wilson, G. P. Kumar and S. Berman. 2014. Control of stochastic boundary coverage by multirobot systems. Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurements and Control 137(3):034504. DOI: 10.1115/1.4028353. (link )

Wilson, S., T. P. Pavlic, G. P. Kumar, A. Buffin, S. C. Pratt and S. Berman. 2014. Design of ant-inspired stochastic control policies for collective transport by robotic swarms. Swarm Intelligence 8(4):303-327. DOI: 10.1007/s11721-014-0100-8. (link )

2011

Pavlic, T. P. and K. M. Passino. 2011. Generalizing foraging theory for analysis and design. The International Journal of Robotics Research 30(5):505-523. DOI: 10.1177/0278364910396551 . (link )

Pavlic, T. P. and K. M. Passino. 2011. The sunk-cost effect as an optional rate-maximizing behavior. Acta Biotheretica 59(1):53-68. DOI: 10.1007/s10441-010-9107-8. (link )

2010

Pavlic, T. P. and K. M. Passino. 2010. When rate maximization is impulsive. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64(8):1255-1265. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-010-0940-1. (link )

2009

Pavlic, T. P. and K. M. Passino. 2009. Foraging theory for autonomous vehicle speed choice. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence 22(3):482-489. DOI: 10.1016/j.engappai.2008.10.017. (link )

Book Chapters

2013

Pavlic, T. P. and S. C. Pratt. 2013. Superorganismic behavior via human computation. Pp. 911-960 In: Michelucci, P. ed., Handbook of Human Computation. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-8806-4_74. ISBN: 978-1-4614-8805-7. (link )

Posters

2013

Pavlic, T. P. 2013. Physical stigmergy for decentralized constrained optimization: An intelligent lighting example. Poster presented at the 4th International Conference on Cyber- Physical Systems (ICCPS 2013), 8-11 April 2013, Philadelphia, PA. (link )

2012

Pavlic, T. P., S. P. Peddi, P. A. Sivilotti and B. W. Weide. 2012. Getting out of the way — safety verification without compromise. Poster presented at the 2012 IEEE/ACM Third International Conference on Cyber-physical Systems, 17-19 April 2012, Beijing, China. (link )

2011

Ozguner, U., A. Krishnamurthy, F. Ozguner, K. Redmill, P. A. Sivilotti, B. W. Weide and T. P. Pavlic. 2011. CPS: Autonomous driving in urban environments. Poster presented at the 2011 CPS PI Meeting, 1-2 August 2011, National Harbor, MD. (link )

Pavlic, T. P., P. A. Sivilotti, A. D. Weide and B. W. Weide. 2011. Verification of smooth and close collision-free cruise control. Poster presented at the 2011 Symposium on Control and Modeling Cyber-Physical Systems, 20-21 October 2011, Urbana-Champaign, IL. (link )

2009

Pavlic, T. P. and K. M. Passino. 2009. Cooperative task processing. Poster presented at the ICAM 2009 Symposium: Emergence in Physical, Biological, and Social Systems IV, 13 November 2009, Ann Arbor, MI.

Presentations

2014

Pavlic, T. P. and S. C. Pratt. 2014. Numerical methods within the ant colony: The illuminating case of multi-objective macronutrient regulation in eusocial insects. Presentation at the 2nd Workshop on Biological Distributed Algorithms (BDA 2014), 11-12 October 2014, Austin, TX. (link )

Pavlic, T. P. and S. C. Pratt. 2014. Understanding foraging patterns that achieve colony-level macronutrient regulation. Presentation at the International Union for the Study of Social Insects International Congress, 13-18 July 2014, Queensland, Australia. (link )

2013

Pavlic, T. P. 2013. Kinetic modeling of social insect behavior and beyond: Lessons from stochastic robotics. Presentation at the 2013 International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education and Research (BEER 2013), 11-13 October 2013, Arlington, VA.

Pavlic, T. P. 2013. Sequential-sampling models of quorum sensing in house-hunting Temnothorax ants. Presentation at the 50th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society, 28 July-1 August 2013, Boulder, CO. (link )

Pavlic, T. P. 2013. Speed-accuracy tradeoffs in Temnothora rugatulus ants: Sequential-sampling models of quorum detection while house hunting. Presentation at the 2013 Society for Mathematical Biology Annual Meeting and Conference (SMB 2013), 10-13 June 2013, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2012

Pavlic, T. P. 2012. Sequential-sampling models of quorum sensing in house-hunting ants. Presentation at the 2012 North American Section Meeting of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI-NAS 2012), 5-7 October 2012, Greensboro, NC. (link )

Conference Papers

2014

Pavlic, T. P. 2014. Using physical stigmergy in decentralized optimization under multiple non-separable constraints: Formal methods and an intelligent lighting example. Pp. 402-411 2014 IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium Workshops (IPDPSW). 2014 IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium Workshops (IPDPSW). Phoenix, AZ. (link )

Pavlic, T. P., A. M. Adams, P. C. Davies and S. I. Walker. 2014. Self-referencing cellular automata: A model of the evolution of information control in biological systems. ALFIE 14: Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. ALFIE 14. (link )

2013

Kumar, G. P., A. Buffin, T. P. Pavlic, S. C. Pratt and S. M. Berman. 2013. A stochastic hybrid system model of collective transport in the desert ant Aphaenogaster cockerelli. Pp. 119-124 HSCC '13 Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control. HSCC '13. New York, NY. (link )

Pavlic, T. P., S. Wilson, G. P. Kumar and S. Berman. 2013. An enzyme-inspired approach to stochastic allocation of robotic swarms around boundaries. Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR 2013). 16th International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR 2013). (link )