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Northwestern Engineering and CBS News cover a novel swarm shape formation algorithm developed at the CRB

For self-driving vehicles to become an everyday reality, they need to safely and flawlessly navigate one another without crashing or causing unnecessary traffic jams. To help make this possible, CRB researchers Hanlin Wang Michael Rubenstein have developed the first decentralized algorithm with a collision-free, deadlock-free guarantee. The researchers tested the algorithm in a simulation of 1,024 robots and on a swarm of 100 real robots in the laboratory. The robots reliably, safely and efficiently converged to form a pre-determined shape in less than a minute.

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