An American robotics network is being launched. The network is termed the Robotics Virtual Organization (Robotics VO). The formation of the network is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, but has to be self-sufficient by the end of the first year.
In his interview with Reuters, Magnus Egerstedt, Schlumberger Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, suggests that swarm robotics can and will be used in security and defense where groups of robots can cover large areas. His research in this area focuses on the problem of routing multiple range constrained robots to service spatially distributed requests at specified time instants, while ensuring a connected information exchange network at all times.