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Octopus Arm Muscles in Relation to Arm Use for Bioinspired Robotics

The objective is to study the musculature of Octopus arms for use in Bioinspired Robotics.  Previous literature presents the idea of uniform muscle layering. The lab has found this not to be the case as the muscle layers change proximal to distal (base to tip). Correlations between the transverse and longitudinal muscle layers indicate specialized

Mobility of Screw Propelled Vehicles in BP-1

Mobility in cohesive granular media is one of the most significant obstacles faced by space robotics systems such as the recently retired Mars rover, Opportunity. Wheeled systems are the standard mobility solution for space applications, however, research has shown that Archimedes screw pontoons have promise for mobility on low gravity bodies such as moons or

Magnetic Needle Steering for Minimally Invasive Surgery

The applications of robotics in surgery has allowed medical professionals to perform more complex, minimally invasive surgeries with increased precision and control. While most robotic systems are used simply to assist doctors, there is potential for the use of un-tethered robotic systems in minimally invasive surgical operations such as drug delivery and detection. The objective

Force Measurement of Basilisk Lizard Running on Water

The goal of this research is to characterize the force interactions of a basilisk lizard exhibiting its unique ability to run across a body of water. A rigid testing structure is being fabricated from carbon fiber and aluminum, with six-axis force sensors attached at three statically determined points. The structure will be immersed in water,