Wednesday, May 18, 2005

University of Penn. To develop Air & Ground Based Swarms

In what seems to be a game of one-up-manship, University of Pennsylvania researchers have announced that they have received a $5 million grant to develop large-scale robot swarms that would coordinate activities between the ground and sky.

The robot swarm would act autonomously sharing data to coordinate action and survey their environment. The new system would draw on knowledge of biological signaling and cooperation. The scale of the proposed swarms is described as "immense".

The researchers have previously coordinated the activity of about a dozen robots using their MARS system.