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Motion in the Ocean

Behind the well-choreographed dance of animals that move as a group is a critical ingredient called feedback.  An individual animal uses feedback when it responds to the relative motion of others nearby.  For example, animals move as a cohesive whole if each continuously turns to align with its neighbors and continuously adjusts its position in the pack to maintain a safe and practical separation.  Mobile robots can likewise perform as an independent group if each is programmed to sense and respond to the relative motion of its robot neighbors. We use mathematical concepts of synchrony and interconnection to model and analyze natural collectives and to design and verify robotic collectives. Our focus is on fish for their beauty and remarkable schooling agility and on robotic underwater gliders, an engineered counterpart to fish, for their endurance and potential to observe and reveal the mysteries of the oceans.

Naomi Ehrich Leonard


Quark Park is being developed by Kevin Wilkes, AIA; Peter Soderman; and Alan Goodheart, ASLA. The World Hope Foundation has joined forces with this team to be the fiscal agent for the project. The World Hope Foundation mission supports self-determination in communities by bringing resources to community members and educational experts that are willing to step forward and enhance the lives of their children and elders. The Foundation is a qualified as a Federal 501 (c)(3) charitable organization and as such is eligible to solicit and support charitable causes.
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