Available Technologies


Project TitleCoordination and Control of Reconfigurable Autonomous Agents
Track Code3157
Short Description
Tagsrobots, Autonomous agents, reconfigurable, Locomotion, adaptive communication, distributed control, metamorphic
Posted DateFeb 10, 2017 12:50 PM

Market Opportunity

Self-reconfigurable robots have been identified as highly applicable agents in space exploration, deep sea exploration, search and rescue, and disaster relief shelters among other things. The global space economy alone was valued at $330 billion in 2014. These agents should be able to collaborate and synchronize their actions to accomplish a global effect. However, two basic problems for this include a breakdown in communication due to changes in configuration and collaboration to accomplish reconfiguration and locomotion. The response to changes should result in appropriate local changes.

USC Solution

USC researchers have developed a technology which enables autonomous agents to communicate and control each other within a reconfigurable network. Each module is able to discover, monitor, and adapt to topological changes. This allows the robots to collaborate and accomplish a global effect.

Value Proposition

  • Adapts to task at hand
  • Broad application
  • Can be applied to all autonomous systems


  • Self-reconfigurable robots
  • Space exploration
  • Deep sea exploration
  • Search and rescue
  • Disaster relief

Stage of Development

  • Experimentally validated
  • Available for exclusive and non-exclusive license

Intellectual Property

Contact Information

Rakesh Pandit, Licensing Associate, Physical Sciences

USC Stevens Center for Innovation

(213) 821-3552


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