NC State Researcher’s Technology Would Use Cockroaches to Search Disaster Sites

July 15, 2013 |

Alper Bozkurt, an electrical and computer engineering professor at N.C. State University, loves cockroaches. Big, hissing cockroaches. His research team has developed technology to automatically control the insects as they move around an environment. The work represents an important step toward developing remote-controlled animals that can investigate small and dangerous spaces, such as the rubble of a collapsed building.