The research could improve unmanned aerial vehicles and other complex defense systems.
Kemper Lewis, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, will be the first professor of innovation.
Like New York’s state animal, the rover-like vehicle uses its surroundings to build complex structures and overcome obstacles.
UB engineer Kemper Lewis says major public and private investment is needed so the U.S. is not left behind.
Rahul Rai received the Young Engineer Award from ASME's Computers and Information in Engineering Division.