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Researchers in US are developing a new lab called ‘Robotarium’ that will house up to 100 ground and aerial swarm robots to allow scientists to conduct experiments remotely.
As part of the discovery, University researchers, as well as middle and high school students, will schedule experiments, upload their own programming code, watch the robots in real-time via streamed video feeds and receive scientific data demonstrating the results. The ‘Robotarium’ being developed by Georgia Institute of Technology in US is expected to house up to 100 ground and aerial swarm robots.
Magnus Egerstedt, professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), said, building and maintaining a world-class, multi-robot lab is too expensive for a large number of roboticists and budding roboticists. This creates a steep barrier to entry into the field.
It is to be mentioned that the team has already created a mini-version of the Robotarium. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, successfully uploaded code during a recent test session.
The Robotarium is expected to be fully operational in 2017, researchers said.