Ant and Honeybee Colonies as Inspiration for Robotic Swarms

Wednesday, November 13, 2013: 4:25 PM
Meeting Room 16 A (Austin Convention Center)
Spring Berman , Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in developing coordinated swarms of hundreds to thousands of robots for tasks including environmental monitoring, search-and-rescue, exploration, and construction.  Social insects serve as a rich source of inspiration both for the design of robots and the programs that produce desired collective behaviors.  In this talk, I will discuss the ongoing development of flapping-wing microrobotic bees and an approach to controlling the swarm for crop pollination.  I will also present studies of group food retrieval by Aphaenogaster cockerelli ants and models of this behavior as strategies for load transport by robot teams.
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