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Here is a bit more background on this story. Aside from building the robots themselves, one of the huge challenges facing the researchers is getting the swarms of robots to work together...this is especially difficult in an underwater setting in which the environment is unpredictable and the computing power of the robots is limited. Mechanical engineers from UC San Diego recently received a complementary $1.5M grant from the NSF to develop the controls systems that will keep these swarms of algae-tracking robots together in the ocean. It's like herding cats underwater. Read about the control-systems side of this story, and how this project relates to tracking oil spills at:http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news...
November 12, 2009 at 11:27 a.m.
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