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Distributed Robotics Lab

Robert Krulwich, co-host of RadioLab and a science correspondent for NPR, penned a piece drawing attention to CSAIL Director Daniela Rus’ groundbreaking work in robotics.
 “Somebody should be watching Daniela Rus and her pals at MIT, because what they are doing is so crazy, so potentially important, people need to know about them. Not because they're dangerous, but because what they're doing might be changing the world and nobody should change the world without the world noticing,” wrote Krulwich on his NPR blog “Krulwich Wonders.” “In a nutshell, they are letting machines design themselves — guided, at least for now, by humans.”

A team of researchers from Professor Daniela Rus’ Distributed Robotics Lab has developed a new type of self-assembling, jumping, flying rolling, modular robot called M-Blocks. The robots, “are cubes with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they’re able to climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and even move while suspended upside down from metallic surfaces,” wrote Larry Hardesty for the MIT News Office.

WBUR chronicled the UP: Umbrella Project performance on Sunday, May 19 that brought over 200 MIT community members down to Jack Barry Field in the rain through stories and photos. “Hundreds swarmed MIT’s Jack Barry Field on Sunday night to participate in “UP: The Umbrellas Project,” a joint science experiment and live art performance organized by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and acclaimed modern dance company Pilobolus,” wrote Nate Goldman for WBUR. Check out the full article and slideshow here: http://www.wbur.org/2013/05/20/mit-pilobolus-umbrella. Read WBUR’s preview of UP here: http://artery.wbur.org/2013/05/17/up-umbrella-project-advancer.

The Boston Herald explained the science behind the collaboration between CSAIL’s Distributed Robotics Lab and dance troupe Pilobolus on UP: The Umbrella Project. A “high tech rave”-like performance piece happening tonight at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is actually designed to help campus roboticists create algorithms based on human behavior that can better control large swarms of robots, researchers told the Herald,” wrote Ira Kantor for the Herald. Read the full article here: http://bostonherald.com/business/technology/technology_news/2013/05/robo....

The Boston Globe’s Joel Brown reviewed the UP: Umbrella Project performance that took place on Sunday, May 19 at MIT. UP is a collaboration between CSAIL’s Distributed Robotics Lab and modern dance company Pilobolus. “It was part college dance, part video game, part Simon Says, part high-tech experiment,” wrote Brown of UP. Real the full article here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2013/05/20/mit-pilobolus-dance-rain-sort.... Check out the Boston Globe’s photos from UP here: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/cambridge/2013/05/20/the-led-coordinated-....