CSU Channel Islands students shoot for the stars

Competing in NASA robot contest

CSU Channel Islands students shoot for the stars

CAMARILLO, Calif. - Robotics students from Cal State University Channel Islands are teaming up with NASA in a competition called Swarmathon.

Swarmathon brings 20 colleges from around the country to the Kennedy Space Center where students program small rover robots, or “Swarmies,” to perform tasks.

Someday these robots could be used to explore Mars, says professor Jason Isaacs.

“The competition is to design algorithms that would enable hundreds or thousands of these rovers to work together autonomously, or without human driving,” Isaacs said.

Students in Isaacs’ class have been working the last six months on programming and testing of their robots.

A Swarmathon champion will be crowned next week in Florida.

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