OK, so you’ve seen drones flying in parks or at the beach, heard news stories about the drone that crashed into the stands at the U.S. Open tennis match, or even consumers that inadvertently interfere with wildfire emergency response. Flown by remote control or using a smartphone for control, these consumer drones are distant cousins to the very sophisticated, innovative unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are part of a drone swarm. Using sensors and complex algorithms, drone swarms are able to work together to complete complex tasks.

Watch this video by ETH Zurich, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering and the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control to get an understanding about the cooperative nature of drone swarms. And this is just the beginning — glimpse into a future where drone swarms build our infrastructure, monitor pollution levels or harvest our crops.


You won’t want to miss Drone Swarms: The Buzz of the Future on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 at Stanford’s Cemex Auditorium. Learn about how drone swarms are being deployed to solve complex tasks.