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Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:
Autonomous millimeter-scale robots will be a powerfully effective and low cost tool with broad application. To be realized, however, numerous challenges must first be solved, including mobility, energy, sensing, communication, and control. Moreover, these challenges must be solved simultaneously for microrobotics to work effectively on specific problems. Microrobotics is an intensively interdisciplinary field. The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Program is funding innovative research on the "Design and Control of Heterogeneous Microrobot Swarms," based on aerial microrobot platforms that use electrohydrodynamic (EHD) thrust to fly silently and with no moving parts. This research takes a unique approach to overcome thrust-to-weight challenges that trouble microrobotic development. True to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, initial success highlights the need for concurrent research and improvement in communication for sensing and control, which suggests wireless mesh networks for further research.
Wireless mesh networks provide bandwidth and redundancy advantages. Wireless mesh networks also create a single set identifier (SSID), providing access and encryption security. Challenges include sustaining effective throughput because frequency band collisions from multiple devices communicating simultaneously lead to data loss. This problem can be mitigated through effective channel assignment; therefore, study of different algorithms (e.g., Subramanian centralized, genetic, or integrated greedy and Tabu-based algorithms) appropriate for either dynamic or quasistatic channel management techniques is a recommended research approach. Nanophotonics is a less developed research area with great promise. In 2016, researchers created a broadband nanophotonic wireless network using integrated plasmonic antennas; reported results noted a "100-fold enhancement in power transfer" across a greater telecommunication bandwidth. Numerous additional approaches are open for further research and exploration.
Relevance to the Intelligence Community:
Mircrorobotics represents a promising future technological wave capable of meeting persistent monitoring and surveillance requirements against priority issues at low cost, but only if several vexing technical problems—including mobility, sensing, communication, and control—can be resolved. Progress in these areas would improve the IC’s ability to monitor, warn, and provide senior leaders the decision space to address numerous dangerous and destabilizing issues.
Key Words: Wireless Mesh Network, Microrobotics, Microbotics, Single Set Identifier, Nanophotonics