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Speaker discusses his work with robots

Oct. 08, 2013 @ 11:04 PM

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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