Prof. Shlomi Dolev (Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) and Prof. Fukuhito Ooshita (Graduate School of Science and Technology, Nara Institute of Science and Technology) won a grant from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space - Japan-Israel Cooperation, for their proposal titled
“Realization of Sustainable Autonomous Self-Organizing Systems by Low-Functional Robots in Environmental Disaster Recovery".
This project aims to develop a framework that enables a huge number of low-cost and low-functional robots to stably accomplish their tasks in an environment with disturbance, like a disaster area. Specifically, we will contribute to the development of a swarm of low-cost and low-functional robots that is comparable to a high-cost and high-performance robot.
A total of 11 proposals were submitted in response to the joint call for proposals implemented by JST and MOST, which closed in October 2017.
Based on the results of evaluation conducted by experts, JST and MOST including the program officers and advisors (JST side) and the panel committee (MOST side) jointly decided on the three successful projects to select for funding. Support to both the Japanese and Israeli teams will continue for about three years.