Bio-Inspired Design: Tracking Bats to Teach Drones
As part of his undergraduate research project, Gordon Towne (CAS’12, GRS’12) trekked to the Texas hill country west of Austin with Thomas Kunz, the College of Arts & Sciences biologist whose career studying bats earned him the nickname Bat Man. In an unusually blistering season even by Lone Star standards, they drove with other researchers to three bat caves and planted three cameras at strategic points near each entrance. Later, Towne used a software program he’d helped to create to translate the three video feeds, showing the bats from three different angles, into a three-dimensional grid on his computer screen.
Read the full story on BU Today: http://www.bu.edu/today/2012/inquiring-minds-tracking-bats/