Posted: Jan 16, 2012 8:45 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana State University and Georgia Tech professors are collaborating on a project to improve robots' ability to test for dangerous substances in dangerous places.
The Advocate reports that the professors are LSU associate mathematics professor Michael Malisoff and Fumin Zhang - a Georgia Tech assistant professor in the school of electrical and computer engineering.
They have a National Science Foundation grant to find better ways to control robots to make tests in dangerous areas, such as around a wild well on the sea floor.
Zhang says a number of his students already build robots for competitions.
Malisoff specializes in mathematics dealing with control processes such as those that apply to robotics.
Georgia Tech students and College of William and Mary faculty member Mark Patterson also participated in the study.