The Robots podcast had a great interview this week with Raymond Oung from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich.

"The idea behind this project is to design a set of vehicles equipped with a single propeller and wheels that can drive around in search for fellow modules with whom to dock. Single modules are not stable but once assembled, the flight array is able to take-off and achieve coordinated flight. Modules then detach in-air, fall to the floor and repeat their search for other propellers.

The main challenge in this system is to come up with a distributed controller that can allow modules to work together to achieve coordinated flight. Because of its endless number of configurations, the distributed flight array is the perfect research and pedagogical testbed to study control theory for complex systems."

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Comment by Marco Glattfelder on August 17, 2010 at 1:02am
That technology institute rocks! I studied there 20 years ago but it was by far not so exiting.
It seems they use the old hall of the institute of mechanics. It's close to Zurich center. Since I work in Zurich I will visit them.


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