CSU Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Dr. Dan Simon, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, is the pioneer for this project. He was always interested in robotics field and his PhD dissertation at Syracuse University was in the area of robotics. He joined Cleveland State University in 1999 where he has encouraged students interested in robotics and has supervised several robotics-based Masters theses.
In January 2007, the CSU Provost's Office announced the availability of funding for “Research Experiences for Undergraduates” (REU). The purpose of the funding was to allow undergraduates to get involved in faculty research, and to generate research results that could improve the visibility and reputation of CSU. REU, funded by the Provost, also provides students actual hands on experience. The Deans of six colleges and the Director of the Honors Department at CSU asked their faculty members to submit proposals for undergraduate research projects. Dr. Simon submitted his proposal to the Provost through the honors department. The Provost approved the funding for the robotic swarms project which is one of the biggest projects under REU.
Dr. Simon's interest in proposing the project included several aspects.