Termite-Inspired Robots (Nagpal)

Team led by  Radhika Nagpal design self-organizing robots that demonstrate swarm-like intelligence

On the plains of Namibia, millions of tiny termites are building a mound of soil—an 8-foot-tall "lung" for their underground nest. During a year of construction, many termites will live and die, wind and rain will erode the structure, and yet the colony's life-sustaining project will continue.