Abstract: We seek to elucidate how to apply biological principles to the creation
of robust, agile, inexpensive robotic insects. However, biological
inspiration alone is not sufficient to create robots that mimic the
agile locomotion of their arthropod analogs. This is particularly true
as the characteristic size of the robot is decreased: to create high
performance robotic insects, we must explore novel manufacturing
paradigms, develop a greater understanding of complex fluid-structure
interactions for flapping-wings, generate high efficiency power and
control electronics, create new forms of actuation and sensing, and
explore alternative control strategies for computation-limited systems.
This talk will describe challenges for the creation of robotic insects
and the state of the art for each of these topics. I will also give an
overview of the topics we are addressing in the NSF Expeditions in
Computing ‘RoboBees’ project.