Sunday, May 12, 2013

Tiny flying robots! Meet the quadrotor

"Tiny Flying Robots!  Meet the Quadrotor"

A May 1, 2013 CNN article, "Tiny Flying Robots! Meet the Quadrotor," covers the work of Vijay Kumar, faculty at University of Pennsylvania and TerraSwarm Researcher.  The article discusses the efforts of Kumar and others at the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception Lab concerning using quadrotors in Japan after the 2011 earthquake.  The idea was to use quadrotor aircraft to map the interior of unstable buildings.  Kumar is quoted as stating "We went into a collapsed building; we mapped three floors. We got three-dimensional maps, and we were able to show that this sort of thing is feasible today."

TerraSwarm Research Roozbeh Jafari develops better EEG Sensor for brain controlled tablets

"Samsung Demos a  Tablet Controlled By Your Brain"

An April 19, 2013 article titled "Samsung Demos a Tablet Controlled By Your Brain" on the MIT Technology Review site covers the work of Roozbeh Jafari, faculty at UT Dallas and TerraSwarm researcher.   The article states that working in conjunction with Jafari, "Samsung researchers are testing how people can use their thoughts to launch an application, select a contact, select a song from a playlist, or power up or down a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1."

Jafari's research in this area involves creating EEG sensors that can be set up in 10 seconds by having the user wear a cap.  This is in contrast to traditional wet EEG sensors that, depending on the number of sensors, can take up to 45 minutes to set up.

Welcome to the The TerraSwarm Research Center Blog

Welcome to the TerraSwarm Research Center Blog!  This blog will cover news items about the TerraSwarm Research Center.

The TerraSwarm Research Center, launched on January 15, 2013, is addressing the huge potential (and associated risks) of pervasive integration of smart, networked sensors and actuators into our connected world. The center is funded by the STARnet phase of the Focus Center Research Program (FCRP) administered by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). Funding comes from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the SRC industry partners, including Applied Materials, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Intel Corporation, Micron Technology, Raytheon, Texas Instruments, and United Technologies.