News From the Field
A swarm on every desktop: Robotics experts learn from public
September 9, 2013
The next experiment from Rice University's Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory (MRSL) could happen on your desktop. MRSL researchers are refining their control algorithms for robotic swarms based upon data from free online games. To demonstrate the kind of complex behaviors the algorithms can achieve, MRSL's Aaron Becker videotaped an experiment in which a single controller used simple group commands to direct 12 robots into a complex shape--a capital R.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
Get News Updates by Email
Useful NSF Web Sites:
NSF Home Page: http://www.nsf.gov
NSF News: http://www.nsf.gov/news/
For the News Media: http://www.nsf.gov/news/newsroom.jsp
Science and Engineering Statistics: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/
Awards Searches: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/