Swarm engineering across scales: From robots to nanomedicine

Conference Date
2017
Location
Lyon, France
ISBN
978-0-262-34633-7
Date Published
September 2017
Conference Date: 2017, Vol. 14, Pages 11-12.
(doi: 10.7551/ecal_a_007)
© 2017 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license
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Abstract

Swarm engineering allows us to design self-organised systems across scales, from trillions of nanoparticles for cancer treatment, to thousands of robots for environmental monitoring. Scaling to such large numbers requires discovering new collective behaviours that rely largely on random motion and simple communication between agents and their environment.