Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Researchers Developing Robot Swarms to Track Chemical and Biological Hazards

University of Wyoming researchers have received a grant to build and test a swarm of robots capable of tracking and locating chemical and biological hazards. Working as a team, the robots would fan out to hone in on hotspots more quickly than is possible with a single robot. A swarm would also provide redundancy which is critical in a dangerous environment.

The lab has specialized in developing robotic swarms and is looking to bring their research out of the lab.
In addition to security and military uses, these sort of devices could monitor land fills, search buildings on fire for survivors, conduct wildlife population studies, and the list goes on.