Vijay Kumar is an Indian roboticist and UPS foundation professor in the School of Engineering & Applied Mechanics with secondary appointments in computer and information science and electrical and systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and became the new Dean of Penn Engineering on July 1, 2015. Kumar is known for his research in the control and coordination of multi-robot formations. (Bio via Wikipedia)
The Future of Flying Robots
At his lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Vijay Kumar and his team have created autonomous aerial robots inspired by honeybees. Their latest breakthrough: Precision Farming, in which swarms of robots map, reconstruct and analyze every plant and piece of fruit in an orchard, providing vital information to farmers that can help improve yields and make water management smarter.
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The Swarm is Coming
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