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MAST - Micro Autonomous System Technologies
Project Homepage: http://alliance.seas.upenn.edu/~kumar/wiki/index.php
Micro Autonomous Systems Technologies (MAST) is a collaboration with University of Maryland, University of Michigan, BAE Systems and Army Research Laboratories. Our vision is to develop Autonomous Multifunctional Mobile Microsystems (Am3 ), a networked group of small vehicles and sensors operating in dynamic, resource-constrained, adversarial environments. While individual units may be specialized, Am3 will be multifunctional because of its heterogeneity, the ability of individual units to automatically reconfigure and adapt to the environment and to human commands, and its distributed intelligence. Am3 will need to operate with little or no direct human supervision, because groups like this will be very difficult, if not impossible, to efficiently manage or control by programming or by tele-operation. The deployment, monitoring, and tasking of such multifunctional groups will be challenging and will require the application of new, yet-to-be-developed methods of communication, control, computation and sensing, specifically tailored to Mast applications.