Radhika Nagpal

Radhika Nagpal
Radhika Nagpal
is a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, where she heads the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group in the study of collective behavior in biological systems and how such behaviors can be applied to computing and robotics. A professor at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), her research draws on inspiration from social insects and multicellular biology, with the goal of creating globally robust systems made up of many cooperative parts. Nagpal also investigates complex biological systems through mathematical and computational models. Discoveries in these areas have applications in computer networking, robot swarms, and sensor networks. A study by her Self-Organizing Systems Research Group resulted in the Kilobots — tiny, inexpensive robots that are designed as a tool for understanding complex, distributed systems. The Kilobots’ design allows researchers to manage large numbe
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