Performance and adaptability in unstructured environments is a significant challenge for robotic systems however; there are systems capable of operation in unstructured environments namely biological systems. Even though technology does not allow for replication, with the correct level of abstraction these systems can inspired design strategies which can improve the performance of robotic systems.
To identify, analyze, and develop integration strategies for the combination of high performance locomotion modes.
Benefits: Employing multiple locomotion strategies can significantly improve the mobility of systems operating in unstructured terrain. By utilizing an integrated approach for the addition of locomotion modes the performance of individual modes can be improved while reducing the additional structure and actuation required therefore, improving overall system performance.
Current Status: A bioinspired integrated jumping and gliding prototype is under development.
Videos: (newest to oldest)
- Prototype 1.0 Locomotion (June-11) wmv.
- Voice of America 2.0 2012 Link
- WPXI Channel 11 News 2012 Link
- Engadget 2011 Link
- Carnegie Mellon University Homepage 2011 Link
- Robots.net 2011 Link
Members: Matthew Woodward
Papers: M. A. Woodward and M. Sitti, "Design of a Miniature Integrated Multi-Modal Jumping and Gliding Robot" IROS 2011