FURI | Fall 2018

How an Octopus Arm Can Outperform a Surgeon

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The objective of this project is to research the musculature and control mechanisms of the octopus arm in order to further understand the dynamics of soft tissue actuation. This will be done as a two pronged project, starting with intensive MRI imaging and analysis of the musculature structures. This will be proceeded with live animal experiments targeting the internal and external control mechanisms. This research will be used in future work to develop soft tissue robotics that may have influence in the fields of robotic assisted surgeries such as the Intuitive Surgical‘s da Vinci robot.

Student researcher

Sheldon Cummings

Biomedical engineering

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Graduation date: Spring 2019

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