Professor Vijay Kumar, teaching in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, calls them Autonomous Agile Aerial Robots or “Flying Quadrotors,” also known to researchers as drones and UAV’s. Kumar and his students have already attracted a big audience on YouTube.
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Kumar researches the control and coordination of multi-robot formations and says there is much potential for aerial robots, to be sent inside buildings as first responders, to map out the 3D layout of a structure in real time, to search for intruders, to transport cargo. Continue Reading →