Shape-Shifting Drone

Engineering

MSI PI Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos (Computer Science and Engineering) and his research group are featured in the magazine New Scientist in a story about a new kind of drone they have developed. This drone takes off vertically, like a helicopter, but then changes configuration into a flat, winged vehicle. The drone also has solar panels so that it can fly for extended periods. It is intended for use by farmers who need aerial surveys of their fields, and the researchers believe it will also be useful in other applications that require a long flight time.

The article can be found on the New Scientist website: Morphing drone takes off like a helicopter, flies like a plane.

Professor Papanikolopoulos uses MSI’s supercomputing resources for topological data analysis of large datasets.