Mihir Garimella

Fruit Fly-Inspired Flying Robots

Mihir Garimella, USA Age Category Award, Computer Science Award, 13-14

Flying robots are being used for a variety of tasks, such as search and rescue missions in collapsed buildings. In the environments in which these robots operate, it is particularly important to evade moving threats, but current methods are limited and impractical. I aimed to create a simpler, faster, and more practical method of threat evasion, inspired by the way fruit flies detect and respond to threats. I designed a lightweight sensor module, modeled after the fruit fly’s rudimentary visual system, and created algorithms to model the trajectory of and escape from approaching threats by mimicking fruit fly escape behaviors.