Bio-inspired Robotics

Biological systems may serve as an inspiration for robots. Nature can provide inspiration to the designs of physical components such as sensors and actuators, as well as computational processes such as perception or decision making.

What we do

  • Tactile sensing inspired by both morphology and operation of rat whiskers;
  • Study of human navigation behavior to improve robotic navigation.

Current Projects

Soft Robotic Hand

Robotic grasping has been studied for more than 30 years, but it is still a challenging field. Today, most robotic grippers are rigid, making it hard for them to grasp and handle irregularly shaped objects that are delicate and easily deformed such as a compact disc, an egg, or an empty plastic cup. To tackle […]

Past Projects

Bio-mimetic multipoint contact sensing

Tactile sensors have been primarily used to improve the agile manipulation capabilities of the robots. As opposed to previous efforts, the aim of this research is to be able to develop a reproducible and open-source multi-point tactile sensor array. In doing so, we aim to develop a sensor array that can provide an array of […]

Human-inspired navigation for robots

Humans possess the innate ability to navigate from one location to another and orient themselves to avoid getting lost in the process. Studies from rodents and other model species have provided unprecedented insights into the potential neural correlates of mammalian spatial cognition. Yet, those correlates have so far revealed little about applicable principles of navigational […]

Bio-inspired SLAM

Simultaneous localization and Mapping a.k.a. SLAM has been a well researched topic in the robotics community for over two decades. However, with the recent advances in the Neuroscience yielding deeper insights into the neural correlates of the mammalian brain, there is renewed interest in further exploration of nature inspired SLAM approaches. Rats, bats, and other […]