Flying Robots: Customized and Cooperative

Academic engineers worldwide have a new resource for accelerating discoveries in the science of agile and cooperative flight by small, unmanned robots. KMel Robotics, a company founded in late 2011 by two graduates of Penn’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory, customizes quadrotors, flying robots with four propellers that weigh between 50 grams to 4 kilograms. Co-presidents and Penn Engineering alumni Alex Kushleyev, M.S., an electrical engineer, and Daniel Mellinger, Ph.D., a mechanical engineer, offer expertise needed by scientists and engineers to refine these devices for research that will advance algorithms, sensing capabilities and control mechanisms for group cooperation and autonomous flight.