Saving the World, One Robot Swarm Infested Hurricane at a Time, Presented by Qualcomm

September 28, 11:30am - 12:00pm

Expo Theater

Charles Bergan

VP of Engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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Tom Bewley

UCSD Flow Control & Coordinated Robotics Labs

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While some robots take jobs, others save lives. The technology transfer underway from the cellphone industry into robotics has enabled a new class of low-cost robotic devices capable of providing advanced warning and tracking capabilities for major storms such as hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We will discuss a new proposal that uses cellphone technologies to build autonomous swarms of sensor-laden robots that will significantly improve our ability to estimate and forecast such extreme and dangerous atmospheric events.