Ran Dai | National Science Foundation

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Investigator:

Ran Dai

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Award Title: 

Career: Solar-Powered Unmanned Aerial and Ground Vehicles for Long-Term Operation in Dynamic Environments

Award Amount:

$500,000

Award Period Date: 

March 1, 2015-February 29, 2020

Current Status: 

Active

Summary:

Dai is developing power-management technologies that would allow land- and air-based robots to monitor solar conditions so they can maximize operating efficiency and battery life. This way, the robots would be able to decide for themselves the best way to maximize energy production and minimize energy loss.These smart robots can be put to work in all kinds of applications, including search and rescue, agriculture, surveillance or environmental monitoring.