These robots would be used for search and rescue after a disaster. For example, first responders could deploy these tiny robots to assist in situations where a person might be too big to reach those needing help.
Six years ago, an EF5 tornado tore through the town of Joplin, completely destroying parts of the city. In the days following the storm, extensive cleanup as well as search and rescue efforts took place. Now imagine there was a way to make searching through rubble and wreckage easier. This possible way could come in the form of robots — tiny robots.
“What I want these devices to be used for is search and rescue,” Dr. Anthony Clark, assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, said.
A strong interest in engineering and electronics in high school is what put Clark on a clear path to a career in studying robotics. While in high school, Clark was on the robotics team. After graduating, he attended Kansas State University where he completed an undergraduate degree in computer engineering, and then started searching for graduate schools where he could work on robotics.