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Sniffy Bug: a fully autonomous swarm of gas-seeking nano quadcopters in cluttered environments

Tiny drones are ideal candidates for fully autonomous jobs that are too dangerous or time-consuming for humans. A commonly shared dream by engineers and fire & rescue services, would be to have swarms...
15 July 2021, by and

Robot Swarms in the Real World workshop at IEEE ICRA 2021

Siddharth Mayya (University of Pennsylvania), Gennaro Notomista (CNRS Rennes), Roderich Gross (The University of Sheffield) and Vijay Kumar (University of Pennsylvania) were the organisers of this IEE...
17 June 2021, by

Creating expressive robot swarms

As robot swarms leave the lab and enter our daily lives, it is important that we find ways by which we can effectively communicate with robot swarms, especially ones that contain a high number of robo...
23 May 2021, by

Helping drone swarms avoid obstacles without hitting each other

By Clara Marc There is strength in numbers. That’s true not only for humans, but for drones too. By flying in a swarm, they can cover larger areas and collect a wider range of data, since each dr...
20 May 2021, by

Towards mapping unknown environments with a robot swarm

Mapping is an essential task in many robotics applications. A map is a representation of the environment generated from robots positions and sensors data. A map can be either used to navigate the robo...
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Multi-Robot Learning, with Amanda Prorok

Robohub Podcast · Multi-Robot Learning In this episode, Lilly interviews Amanda Prorok, Professor of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge. Prorok discusses her research o...
29 March 2021, by


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Robotic swarm swims like a school of fish

By Leah Burrows / SEAS Communications Schools of fish exhibit complex, synchronized behaviors that help them find food, migrate, and evade predators. No one fish or sub-group of fish coordinates th...
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Deep Sea Mining, with Benjamin Pietro Filardo

Robohub Podcast · Deep Sea Mining In this episode, Abate follows up with Benjamin Pietro Filardo, founder of Pliant Energy Systems and NACROM, the North American Consortium for Responsible Ocean M...
18 January 2021, by

Robot swarms follow instructions to create art

By Conn Hastings, science writer Controlling a swarm of robots to paint a picture sounds like a difficult task. However, a new technique allows an artist to do just that, without worrying about pro...
18 October 2020, by
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Coordination, Cooperation, and Collaboration, with Vijay Kumar

In this interview, Lilly interviews Vijay Kumar, Professor and Dean at the University of Pennsylvania. He discusses coordination, cooperation, and collaboration in multi-robot systems. He also explain...
01 March 2020, by
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Robotarium: A Robotics Lab Accessible to All, with Magnus Egerstedt

In this episode, Audrow Nash interview Magnus Egerstedt, Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, about a way for anyone interested in swarm robotics to test their ideas on hardware, called...
02 September 2018, by

Indoor drone shows are here

2017 was the year where indoor drone shows came into their own. Verity Studios' Lucie drones alone completed more than 20,000 autonomous flights. A Synthetic Swarm of 99 Lucie micro drones started t...
09 January 2018, by
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Smart Swarms, with Vijay Kumar

In this episode, Jack Rasiel interviews Vijay Kumar, Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.  Kumar discusses the guiding ideas behind his research on micro unmanned aeri...
28 October 2017, by

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 7/10/17

The U.S. Army is developing a drone that moves like a flying squirrel. Credit: David McNally/U.S. Army News A U.S. drone strike in Somalia targeted members of al-Shabab. It is the second drone...

Cooperative payload transportation with UAVs

Delivery robots are touted as gaining widespread popularity in the near future. Wheeled models could be suitable for urban areas, while UAVs have great potential in accessing difficult areas and carr...
27 April 2017, by

Robot Life Survey

What might the first western explorer have thought upon encountering whales, flamingos and iguanas? What would have they thought of these strange near-fantastical creatures? What is it like for 21s...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 01/09/17

January 2, 2017 – January 8, 2017 At the Center for the Study of the Drone We are delighted to announce that we are collaborating with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan on ...

Designing robots with bugs??

Ask a child to design a robot, and they’ll produce a drawing that looks a little like you or I—the parts may be gray and boxy, but it will have two arms, two legs, and a head (probably with an ant...
26 December 2016, by

Robohub roundtable: Robotic bee swarms from Black Mirror – what’s hype, what’s real?

In this roundtable edition, we watched the Black Mirror episode “Hated in the Nation” and asked our Robohub team members: with many institutions focused on developing aerial drone technology, and ...
06 December 2016, by

How can swarm roboticists contribute to and benefit from the wisdom of other disciplines?

What can swarm roboticists learn from policy makers, systems biologists and physicists, and vice versa? It is already widely recognised that Robotics is an inherently interdisciplinary field and that ...
08 November 2016, by and

mROBerTO: The modular millirobot for swarm behavior studies

Developed by a team at the University of Toronto, mROBerTO (milli-ROBot TORonto) is designed for swarm-robotics researchers who might wish to test their collective-behavior algorithms with real physic...
26 October 2016, by

Swarms of precision agriculture robots could help put food on the table

Swarms of drones will help farmers map weeds in their fields and improve crop yields. This is the promise of an ECHORD++ funded research project called ‘SAGA: Swarm Robotics for Agricultural Appli...
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Raffaello D’Andrea at TED2016: Novel flying machines and swarms of tiny flying robots

Last week Raffaello D'Andrea, professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and founder of Verity Studios, demonstrated a whole series of novel flying machines live on stage at T...
22 February 2016, by

The Year of CoCoRo Video #52/52: Final Demonstration

In our final video we demonstrate the entire CoCoRo system communicating and interacting together, including: the base station, a "relay-chain" swarm, and a search swarm on the ground....
05 January 2016, by

The Year of CoCoRo Video #51/52: Big Vision

Our penultimate video features the initial "Big Vision" trailer we produced at the beginning of this project. The video showcases the basic components of the robotic system we targeted (surface st...
22 December 2015, by

Scaling up underwater swarmbot research from tabletop ‘aquarium’ to the Venice Lagoon (CoCoRo Video #50/52)

Our underwater swarm research started in a few cubic centimeters of water with some naked electronics on a table. Over the next three and a half years, our swarm increased by a factor of 40, and ...
15 December 2015, by
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Multi-Agent Systems and Human-Swarm Interaction, with Magnus Egerstedt

Transcript below. In this episode, Andrew Vaziri interviews Magnus Egerstedt, Professor at Georiga Tech, about his research in swarm robotics and multi-agent systems. They discuss privacy and secur...
11 December 2015, by

The Year of CoCoRo Video #49/52: Base stations

During the past year we have shown many swarm algorithms in various experiments. The spotlight was always on the Lily and the Jeff robots. However, there is now another star in the team and this tr...
08 December 2015, by

The Year of CoCoRo Video #48/52: Workshops

Most of the videos from The Year of CoCoRo were shot during workshops we held throughout the project. These workshops, which were usually focussed on one or several specific demonstrators, were wha...
01 December 2015, by

The Year of CoCoRo Video #47/52: Underwater robots swarm at CEBIT consumer electronics show

In March 2014, we exhibited CoCoRo in Hannover, Germany at the CEBIT -- Europe's largest consumer electronics fair. At first we thought we might be out of place and that our exhibit would be overshad...
24 November 2015, by







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