Virtual Top Hats Allow Swarming Robots to Fly in Tight Formation

By Georgia Tech News Center

May 17, 2017

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One of five swarm quadcopters that make up the new team.

Researchers in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines have created a team of autonomous flying robots that do not collide with each other.

Credit: Georgia Tech News Center

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have created a team of autonomous flying robots that do not collide or undercut each other.


The system includes five swarm quadcopters that move back and forth in formation and then change behaviors based on user commands.


The robots are designed to fly within a two-foot space, avoiding collisions with their neighbors.


The researchers also built autonomous blimps that recognize hand gestures and detect faces, enabling people to direct the machines with movements.


The machine gathers information about its human operator, identifying a range of data including hesitant glares and eager smiles.


The goal is to better understand how humans interact with flying robots.


“Roboticists and psychologists have learned many things about how humans relate to robots on the ground, but we haven’t created techniques to study how we react to flying machines,” says Georgia Tech professor Fumin Zhang.



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