September 10, 2013
Play A Game, Help A Robot
An ongoing study out of Rice University is using free online games to crowd source information to help them refine control algorithms for robotic swarms. And anyone can play! Each time a player successfully navigates a group of robots through a maze or obstacle, the website gathers data about how the task was completed. Researchers are looking at how such swarms could have medical applications such as swarming a tumor with a payload of anti-cancer drugs using MRI signals. One post-doctoral researcher at Rice demonstrated how a swarm of randomly scattered robots could be directed to form a complex shape…in this case the letter R.
[ Read the Article: Online Gaming Improves Robotic Swarm Algorithms ]