CMU robotics researchers develop flying robots to make images, find weaknesses in large structures
Pittsburgh Business Journal - 07/05/2016
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute are developing small, self-guided flying robots that use 3-D imaging technology to help engineers pinpoint and assess structural damage and other weaknesses in large structures, such as bridges and dams.
A prototype version of the Aerial Robotic Infrastructure Analyst, or ARIA, has already successfully mapped a small bridge, says Sebastian Scherer, systems scientist in the Robotics Institute. The researchers, which include four scientists and five students, hope to test their prototypes on a larger bridge this fall.
The project, which is being done in collaboration with Northeastern University, has received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s National Robotics Initiative.