Cooperative freight transport by a swarm of molecular machines

Dr. Akira Kakugo and his team from Hokkaido University in Japan sent us a presentation video of his recent paper “Cooperative Freight Transport by a Swarm of Molecular Machines”, published in Science Robotics.

“Despite the progress of large-scale robots, developing large numbers of small robots remains a challenge, which is crucial for improving the scalability of swarm robots,” says Dr Kakugo. In the paper, the researchers showed that it is possible to collectively transport molecular cargo by a swarm of artificial molecular robots (systems designed with biological/molecular sensors, processors and actuators) responding to light.

Keywords: Nano, Swarm


Daniel Carrillo-Zapata completed his PhD in swarm robotics at the Bristol Robotics Lab in 2020. He now encourages the culture of “scientific hustle” to engage two-way conversations between researchers and society.

Daniel Carrillo-Zapata completed his PhD in swarm robotics at the Bristol Robotics Lab in 2020. He now encourages the culture of “scientific hustle” to engage two-way conversations between researchers and society.

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