Simple Robots, Smart Algorithms: Meet the BOBbots
Inspired by a theoretical model of particles moving around on a chessboard, new robot swarm research led by Georgia Tech shows that, as magnetic interactions increase, dispersed “dumb robots” can abruptly gather in large, compact clusters to accomplish complex tasks. Researchers report that these “BOBbots” (behaving, organizing, buzzing bots) are also capable of collectively clearing debris that is too heavy for one alone to move, thanks to a robust algorithm.
Double Major Yashvardhan Tomar Receives 2022 Love Family Foundation Scholarship
Dual physics and aerospace engineering major Yashvardhan Tomar has been selected to receive the 2022 Love Family Foundation Scholarship, one of the highest academic honors given to an undergraduate student.
Simon Sponberg Wins Major Funding to Study Insect Brains
The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation have awarded Simon Sponberg a Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neurosciences for a period of three years. The award will support Sponberg’s research, described in the proposal “Timing, Learning, and Coordination in a Comprehensive, Spike-Resolved Motor Program for Flight.”
Triple Major Daniel Gurevich Represents Georgia Tech with Top USG Academic Honor
Daniel Gurevich's 2020 is off to a great start. Gurevich is the recipient of a University System of Georgia's Academic Recognition Day Award for his work on completing bachelors degrees in three majors: mathematics, physics, and industrial and systems engineering. The May candidate for graduation is also an international chess master.
Finding the Magic in Materials Science
Georgia Tech science powers the technology behind TV and smartphone screens, thanks to breakthroughs in physics, chemistry, and materials science. Carlos Silva, a professor in the School of Physics and School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is adding to that legacy with his research into the next generation of semiconductors for electronic devices.
The Frog Tongue Is A High-Speed Adhesive
The versatile frog tongue can grab wet, hairy and slippery surfaces with equal ease. It does a lot better than our engineered adhesives – not even household tapes can firmly stick to wet or dusty surfaces. What makes this tongue even more impressive is its speed: Over 4,000 species of frog and toad snag prey faster than a human can blink. What makes the frog tongue so uniquely sticky? Our group aimed to find out.
Bernard F. Schutz Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society
Schutz, an adjunct professor in the School of Physics, member of the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics, professor at Cardiff University, and former director and founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), is the recipient of top honors from the world's oldest independent scientific academy. Schutz is elected for seminal contributions to relativistic astrophysics, including driving the field of gravitational wave searches — helping lead to their direct detection in 2015.
How to Watch the Solar Eclipse at Georgia Tech
The skies over Georgia Tech will be at 97 percent darkness during the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse. Watfching the spectacle will require special eclipse-viewin glasses, but you'll also want to notice the changes in the environment around you as the skies get darker during this rare celestial event.
Quantitative Biosciences Hosts Hands-on Modeling Workshop
Since 2017, the annual Quantitative Biosciences Hands-On Modeling Workshop has introduced students and faculty of all skill levels and backgrounds to the use of computational modeling in studying biological systems. This summer, attendees and organizers gathered for the workshop in person for the first time since 2019.