Biomimetic Robots: Applying Biological Principles to the Design and Operation of Legged Robots for Planetary Exploration
Dr. Mark Cutkosky
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Auditorium (NSH 1305)
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm
Although cockroaches and other insects are primitive in comparison to mammals, they can negotiate difficult terrain with remarkable agility.Biological research has uncovered principles responsible for their success and engineers have applied these principles to small, legged robots that demonstrate similar speed, stability and simplicity of control. These biomimetic robots are fabricated using a rapid prototyping process that allows hard and soft materials to be combined in a single structure that can be tuned for dynamic performance and physical robustness. Dr. Mark Cutkosky will discuss the design, fabrication and control of biomimetic robots and ongoing work to increase their versatility.
Mark R. Cutkosky is a professor at the
Center for Design Research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at
Web site: http://bdml.stanford.edu
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