Robot Swarms Seen as Guardians Against Future Threats
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.
The scientists believe that in the future, robotic swarms could play an important role in assessing threats at high profile events like the Boston Marathon where two deadly bombs went off on April 15, 2013.
Dr. Egerstedt’s interview with Reuters may be viewed here.