Engineers Program Tiny Robots to Move, Think Like Insects

Bio-inspired autonomous flying microrobots

RoboBees manufactured by the Harvard Microrobotics Lab have a 3 centimeter wingspan and weigh only 80 milligrams. Cornell engineers are developing new programming that will make them more autonomous and adaptable to complex environments.

January 15, 2018 | Source: Cornell University,, 13 Dec 2017, Syl Kacapyr

While engineers have had success building tiny, insect-like robots, programming them to behave autonomously like real insects continues to present technical challenges. A group of Cornell engineers has been experimenting with a new type of programming that mimics the way an insect’s brain works, which could soon have people wondering if that fly on the wall is actually a fly.