NASA Swarmathon involves university and community college students to participate in virtual and/or physical robotics competition. Through this program students are expected to learn ROS (Robotic Operating System), develop an autonomous foraging algorithm, and assemble a Swarmie rover. By doing so, students not only learn about new robotic technology, but also have the opportunity to add to future NASA space exploration research. The inspiration came from the biological behaviors that ants exhibit during the foraging process. It is a key component that has inspired the iAnt development team to create a search algorithm that models ant foraging behavior. Dr. Melanie Moses and her students at the University of New Mexico implemented search algorithms into the iAnt robots. The research resulted in a partnership with NASA to further advance the search algorithms to be used for space expeditions to Mars.
April tag cube
NASA Swarmathon will be using the gripper in order to collect the April tag cube in the up coming competition.
Poster presentation on RSS - Robots Science and Systems- swarmathon workshop. I presented part of the summers research I was doing at the University of New Mexico.
My DREU experience was really all rounded. I get to exprience nature during my time at the University of New Mexico. I played soccer every weekend almost. I want on hiking and white water rafting.