Engineers Program Tiny RoboBees to Move, Think Like Insects

Published by , December 18, 2017 1:11 pm

(ScienceDaily) A group of Cornell engineers has been experimenting with a new type of programming that mimics the way an insect’s brain works. Silvia Ferrari, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Controls, sees the emergence of neuromorphic computer chips as a way to shrink a robot’s payload.
Ferrari’s lab has teamed up with the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory, which has developed an 80-milligram flying RoboBee outfitted with a number of vision, optical flow and motion sensors. The Cornell algorithms will help make RoboBee more autonomous and adaptable to complex environments without significantly increasing its weight. Which could soon have people wondering if that fly on the wall is actually a fly.

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