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Friday, January 04, 2013

Swarm robots and deep space gardening

Credit: CU-Bolder, Droplets
University of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll and his computer science research team, including research associate Dustin Reishus and professional research assistant Nick Farrow, have developed a basic robotic building block, which he hopes to reproduce in large quantities to develop increasingly complex systems.
Recently the team created a swarm of 20 robots, each the size of a pingpong ball, which they call “droplets.”
Correl's vision is to develop large swarms of intelligent robotic devices that could be used for a range of tasks. Swarms of robots could be unleashed to contain an oil spill or to self-assemble into a piece of hardware after being launched separately into space. Correll plans to use the droplets to demonstrate self-assembly and swarm-intelligent behaviors such as pattern recognition, sensor-based motion and adaptive shape change. These behaviors could then be transferred to large swarms for water- or air-based tasks.

Credit: CU-Bolder, X-Hab
Greenhouse Robotic Swarms
Correll and his students have been selected to develop a remotely operable, robotic garden to support future astronauts in deep space.
The project is one of five university proposals selected to participate in the 2013 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge led by NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation. The yearlong project's ultimate goal is to support long-duration human space exploration, such as a mission to Mars.
NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate's Advanced Exploration Systems Program, via the Habitat Systems Project team, is sponsoring the technology challenge. NASA is dedicated to supporting research that enables sustained and affordable human and robotic exploration. This educational challenge contributes to the agency's efforts to train and develop a highly skilled scientific, engineering and technical workforce for the future.

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