FILOSE for svenning: A flow sensing bioinspired robot

Maarja Kruusmaa*, Paolo Fiorini, William Megill, Massimo De Vittorio, Otar Akanyeti, Francesco Visentin, Lily Chambers, Hadi El Daou, Maria Camilla Fiazza, Jaas Jezov, Madis Listak, Lorenzo Rossi, Taavi Salumae, Gert Toming, Roberto Venturelli, David Samuel Jung, Jennifer Brown, Francesco Rizzi, Antonio Qualtieri, Jacqueline Lesley MaudAndrew Liszewski

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The trend of biomimetic underwater robots has emerged as a search for an alternative to traditional propeller-driven underwater vehicles. The drive of this trend, as in any other areas of bioinspired and biomimetic robotics, is the belief that exploiting solutions that evolution has already optimized leads to more advanced technologies and devices. In underwater robotics, bioinspired design is expected to offer more energy-efficient, highly maneuverable, agile, robust, and stable underwater robots. The 30,000 fish species have inspired roboticists to mimic tuna [1], rays [2], boxfish [3], eels [4], and others. The development of the first commercialized fish robot Ghostswimmer by Boston Engineering and the development of fish robots for field trials with specific applications in mind (http://www.roboshoal. com) mark a new degree of maturity of this engineering discipline after decades of laboratory trials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6894715
Pages (from-to)51-62
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 09 Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes


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