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August 6, 2008

Combining Real and Simulated Evolution for Aircraft Design

Most of the examples of automated inventing described on this web site to date were generated using computer simulations. In contrast, Will Regan, Floris van Breugel, and Hod Lipson of Cornell University have used a combination of simulation and a real-world hardware implementation of a "hovering flapping ornithopter" -- essentially an aircraft with flapping wings -- demonstrate the feasibility of this kind of flight (which, as we all know, is not how the airplanes we know and love work). Their paper includes images of both the simulated and physical models they used.

Posted by Robert at August 6, 2008 6:00 AM
category: Artificial Invention