Rescue rover deals with rough terrain like a beaver

Published June 28, 2018

An article on Futurity reports on research by Nils Napp, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, to develop autonomous robots that can overcome uneven terrain and other obstacles and are based on beavers, termites and other animals that build structures in response to simple environmental cues.

“When a beaver builds a dam, it’s not following a blueprint. Instead, it’s reacting to moving water. It’s trying to stop the water from flowing,” he said. “We’re developing a system for autonomous robots to behave similarly. The robot continuously monitors and modifies its terrain to make it more mobile.”

Read the story here.

The article also appeared in news outlets that include Science Daily, Electronic Component News, Tech Xplore, Nanowerk, Techsite, Product Design & Development, Laboratory Equipment and Electronics Weekly.