Harvard Professor David Brooks presented "RoboBees: A Convergence of Body, Brain, and Colony on Silicon" at the IoT Workshop 2015. The workshop, titled "the Internet of Things Evolution: Role of MicroArch" was held Dec. 6 and was co-located with the 48th Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO).
The IoT Workshop program described RoboBees as:
The Harvard Robobees Project is a large-scale multidisciplinary project that seeks to develop a swarm of autonomous, life-sized robotic insects. The driving application for small scale mechanical flying insects is to autonomously pollinate a field of crops, while other applications range from search-and-rescue to mobile sensing. Construction of these devices provide many challenges that span computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and biological sciences. This talk will describe an accelerator-based computing architecture implemented in 40nm CMOS that provides the necessary energy/performance requirements for the Robobee Brain in a highly-integrated form factor.