Prize-winning grad student James McLurkin built a swarm of robots that he hopes might one day patrol for landmines, rummage through earthquake rubble, or explore other planets. McLurkin, who once kept an ant farm on his desk, designed the robots to mimic the ants' behavior.
Summer 2003

Nature’s Design

Doctoral student James McLurkin has designed a swarm of robots that might one day patrol for landmines and explore other planets.

Grad student Jung Kim (left) and senior research scientist Mandayam A. Srinivasan demonstrate a transatlantic touch. Photo: Donna Coveney
Winter 2003

Research Briefs

Dreaming and learning, a transatlantic touch, and more.