Collaborative Research: NRI: FND: Flying Swarm for Safe Human Interaction in Unstructured Environments

Project: Research project

Project Details


Currently, flying swarms of robots have difficulty interacting with humans and each other in a wide variety of unstructured, real-world settings. This is due to two factors: their almost ubiquitous reliance on external sensing, such as GPS or motion-capture systems, and their inherent danger to humans due to their use of hazardous high-speed propellers. The proposed work will address these two factors by designing and creating a novel swarm of over 100 flying robots that are safe to operate around people. They will use only onboard sensing to interact with each other and humans and can operate in a wide range of unstructured environments. We will demonstrate the swarm capabilities using two scenarios: autonomous 3D shape formation, where the swarm self-assembles a user-specified shape, and a second scenario where a human sculpts the shape of the swarm using sculpting by hand.
Effective start/end date10/1/209/30/23


  • National Science Foundation (IIS-2024615)


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