Kilobot is a small mobile robot that can operate in groups of dozens to more than 1,000 units. The robots mimic how ants and other insects coordinate their swarm behaviors—but they won't bite you.
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In early 2012, Harvard researchers completed the assembly of a group of 1,000 Kilobots.
Kilobots were created by researchers at Harvard's Self-Organizing Systems Research Group, led by engineering professor Radhika Nagpal. Her team included Michael Rubenstein, a postdoctoral fellow, and Christian Ahler, a fellow of Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute. In designing the robots, the researchers looked for inspiration from social insects such as ants and bees. The goal is to use swarms of Kilobots as a test bed for studying collective behavior in natural and artificial systems.