We build platforms to enable control of big swarms of collaborative devices
such as drones, self-driving cars, robots, and even datacenters.
Imagine the morning commute with 1 million self-driving cars on the road in a large metropolitan area. A Big Control system will schedule these cars centrally and manage traffic lights to improve highway utilization, reduce commute time, and make commute time more productive.
Imagine a fleet of crop-tending drones managed by a Big Control application. The drones will observe and analyze fields and orchards, and provide specialized services such as watering, pruning, and spraying.
Imagine a large automated warehouse. A Big Control system will coordinate 10,000 or more drones, both in the air and on the ground, to move millions of packages per day.
Imagine the aftermath of a natural disaster such as Superstorm Sandy or the Tohuku earthquake, in which infrastructure is largely destroyed. Thousands of drones are released from land and sea vehicles at the edge of the disaster area. Managed by a Big Control application, the drones map out the disaster area to assess damage and identify areas of greatest need; they then deliver emergency medical supplies and other packages to assist in recovery.
If you are a graduate student at Stanford and interested in Big Control, contact the faculty member closest to your area of interest, or attend our weekly seminars to learn more. We’d be delighted for you to join our team.
If you are an applicant to the Stanford graduate program, indicate your interest in Big Control and feel free to reach out to the faculty member who is closest to your area of interest for guidance.
If you represent a company interested in collaborating with us, please contact us and we will follow up with more information about our industrial affiliates program.