Source: Douglas Levere/University at BuffaloSource: Douglas Levere/University at BuffaloWith funding from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), scientists from the University of Buffalo are turning to gamers to help improve and enhance the capabilities of robot swarms.

To improve and enhance the capabilities of robot swarms — simple autonomous ground and air robots that work together to complete a task or mission, otherwise known as swarm intelligence — researchers at the University of Buffalo are examining the brainwaves and eye movements of video gamers.

Researchers will observe participating gamers’ eye movements using high-speed cameras while simultaneously monitoring their brain activity using electroencephalograms as they play strategy games. Using the data collected, the team will devise new algorithms for helping autonomous drones and robots navigate military applications.

According to the team, such insight will likely enable defense swarm robots to improve their strategizing and organizing skills, particularly on the battlefield, where both air and ground defense robots will work together to complete missions or tasks.

It is the hope of the researchers that they will be able to develop 250 aerial and ground robots capable of working together in complex environments.

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