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September 9, 2010

DTC Professor Nikos Papanikolopoulos and Dr. Morellas

Nikos Papanikolopoulos

Professor Papanikolopoulos

DTC PROFESSOR NIKOS PAPANIKOLOPOULOS and Dr. Morellas (Computer Science and Engineering) have received $770,000 from the National Science Foundation (through three grants) to develop new miniature robotic devices. The grant "RI:Small:Theory and Experiments with Tumbling Robots" promises to develop new planning algorithms for miniature tumbling robots. Tumbling robots provide some unique locomotion capabilities that traditional wheeled devices cannot. These capabilities come at the cost of having to address challenging planning issues. The grant "MRI RAPID: Swarms of Robotic Aquapods to Assess Impact of Oil Spills on Marshlands" (with Co-PI: Prof. Miki Hondzo from the Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory and Civil Engineering) will deploy amphibious miniature robots to collect data from oil-affected sites in the Gulf area. The grant "I/UCRC Collaborative Research: Miniature Ground/Water Robot" will create the Aquapod, a versatile tumbling robot that could move from the ground to water and vice versa.