Dr. Xiaobo Tan, the MSU Foundation Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Dr. Vaibhav Srivastava, an Assistant Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are using a grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their study and construction of underwater robots. The purpose of the project is to help humans and robots collaborate more effectively.
Made of carbon fiber and painted yellow with a green MSU Spartan helmet on the tail, GRACE is about three feet long. “GRACE stands for 'gliding robot' and 'ace' just means good. And, well, actually it moves with grace.” A robotic fish like GRACE has several different uses, but one main area of focus in this research is to use the robots for search-and-rescue missions. The researchers are intertwining humans' abilities to recognize patterns and missing information with robots' abilities to quickly process large sums of information.
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