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
Screw-propelled vehicles are effective in difficult environments on earth; however they have not been properly investigated for space application. A better understanding of the terra-mechanics of dirt in lesser gravities is necessary to understand how a rover will move and interact with its surroundings on different planets or smaller bodies. Through experimentations and Discrete Element
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
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
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,
Researching octopus-inspired soft robotics could advance robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery.
Measuring the force basilisk lizards produce while running on water allows for better rough terrain search and rescue robots.
Understanding how a screw-propelled rover moves in extraterrestrial environments could lead to more efficient and cost-effective designs.