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Speaker discusses his work with robots

Oct. 09, 2013 @ 06:56 AM

HUNTINGTON — Dr. James McLurkin, director of the Multi-Robot Systems Lab at Rice Uni­versity, was the featured speak­er Tuesday at the annual Society of Yeager Scholars Symposium at Marshall University.

McLurkin’s lecture focused on swarm robots, which were originally built under a team he managed at iRobot in Mas­sachusetts. Measuring 4.5 inches.

McLurkin’s swarm robots are programmed to emulate the behavior of bees, with capabili­ties to cluster, disperse, follow and orbit.

Equipped with bump sen­sors, a self-charger, a radio modem and an audio system, they are autonomous yet trav­el in a fleet. When one robot makes a discovery, it signals the group to execute the task together.
 

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