Antbot research profiled in Pacific Standard magazine
Antbot research being conducted by a team of faculty from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the Institute for Systems Research, and the Mechanical Engineering Department was recently profiled in the online Pacific Standard magazine.
Associate Professor Nuno Martins (ECE/ISR) is the principal investigator and was interviewed for the story, which focuses on the potential for antbots to be used in search and rescue operations. Co-PIs are Associate Professor Pamela Abshire (ECE/ISR), Professor Elisabeth Smela (ME), and Assistant Professor Sarah Bergbreiter (ME/ISR).
The research was made possible by a 2009 National Science Foundation grant, Ant-Like Microrobots—Fast, Small, and Under Control. The grant funded new fundamental principles, design methods, and technologies for realizing distributed networks of sub-cm3, ant-sized mobile microrobots that self-organize into cooperative configurations.
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