Robot meets world
March 21, 2013A new way of reasoning about what happens when a robot’s limb strikes an object could lead to more efficient and reliable robotic-control systems.
Can control theory make software better?
March 19, 2013Techniques used to ensure that airplanes won’t stall out in flight could be adapted to prove that computer programs won’t divide by zero.
The too-smart-for-its-own-good grid
August 3, 2011New technologies intended to boost reliance on renewable energy could destabilize the power grid if they’re not matched with careful pricing policies.
Speeding swarms of sensor robots
May 3, 2011A new algorithm ensures that robotic environmental sensors will be able to focus on areas of interest without giving other areas short shrift.
A plane that lands like a bird
July 20, 2010An innovative control system allows a foam glider to touch down on a perch or a wire like a pet parakeet.