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Sheldon Cummings

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona | Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Biomedical Engineering

Octopus Arm Muscles in Relation to Arm Use for Bioinspired Robotics

Mentor: Hamid Marvi
FURI: Spring 2019

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 functions at different points in the arm.  This data can be used to more accurately build a functioning octo-bot in future work.

Other Projects

How an Octopus Arm Can Outperform a Surgeon

Mentor: Hamid Marvi
FURI: Fall 2018

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.