Largest robot swarm to date

Pretty cool!

Largest robot swarm to date, consisting of 3-legged kilobots using decentralized coordination and collaboration to achieve global tasks. (Harvard Self-Organizing Systems Research Group).

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More info here.

New heights

Someone made it up Kathadin this summer for the first time (actually, everyone in this photo — Torsten Hahman, Helen Hahman, Xueying, Shirly and Mark).

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One step closer to crowd radiation sensing

Video about the CT007 sensor, which can work standalone or connect via bluetooth to a mobile phone.

Broadening participation in STEM fields via the Stormwater Project

Although I am not directly involved in this project, I took a sneak peek at the first group of 70 high school students attending the first week of the NSF funded project “Stormwater‘ ar Umaine targeting to broaden participation in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. More than 50% of students are women and minorities. After a theory class in the morning, with M. Musavi and A. Abedi, the students and several high school teachers investigates river water by sediment analysis and measured conductivity in various samples of water. The week will continue with knowledge about radio based wireless communication, tiny platforms, programming arduino nodes and deployment.

More info here.

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Balaji visiting, June 2014

Almost exactly one year after graduating and leaving Orono, Balaji came back for a visit.  A great opportunity to organize a BBQ on the picnic grounds of the Steamplant parking lot.

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Mark and Kathy manning the BBQ.

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Inspired by the Germany:Ghana World Cup match

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Decentralized Coordination — in a beehive

Interesting NSF-sponsored multidisciplinary work about decentralized coordination.

A Vision of the Future

Interesting NY Times article about “A vision of the future from those who will invent it“. — Not sure if all of those prediction will find wide-spread acceptance. Possible are all.

Interesting also: “Industries that tech will put out of business next: Higher education.”

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