Coordinated Swarms of Quadrotors

The General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania is developing algorithms to control swarms of quadrotors, also known as quadcopters or quadricopters.

Their research group has some amazing videos of quadrotors in coordinated flight, and quadrotors working together to perform a coordinated construction task. The GRASP lab is involved in numerous other projects that are worth checking out.

Here is a video of quadrotors in coordinated flight:

Here they perform a construction task:

The latter video was featured on The Colbert Report.
Amazing work (and a little creepy!)


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Kevin Knuth was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA. He received his Ph.D. in physics with a minor in mathematics at the University of Minnesota in 1995, and held postdoctoral positions studying neuroscience in New Orleans and New York City. From 2001 through 2005 he was a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in the Intelligent Systems Division developing machine learning techniques and their applications in the Autonomous Systems and Robotics Area. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in Physics at the University at Albany, State University of New York. His scientific interests include: probability theory, astrophysics, complex systems, earth science, and brain dynamics. For recreation, he enjoys hiking, birdwatching and poking around tidal pools.

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