Drones of the sea learn to swarm (Video)

Think Portugal’s maritime mastery is a thing of the past? Think again. A team of researchers from the Institute of Telecommunications at University Institute of Lisbon and from University of Lisbon in Portugal are the first to demonstrate a swarm of intelligent aquatic surface robots in a real-world environment. A video describing the team’s work has been nominated for “Best Robot Video Award” at the prestigious Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) video competition: “Swarm robotics is a paradigm shift,” says Dr. Anders Christensen, the principal investigator on the project. “We rely on many small, simple and inexpensive robots, instead of a single or a few large, complex and expensive robots.” Swarms have the potential to scale to hundreds or thousands of robots and cover large…


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