Inspired by Nature – Philadelphia Science Festival
Inspired by Nature
During Inspired by Nature, part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, roboticists partner with biologists to discuss bio-inspired robots and their animal partners and showcase how nature can inspire answers to complex problems with a few special demonstrations.
GRASP was a co-organizer for Inspired by Nature, with GRASP roboticists making up three of the four presenters featured at the event:
- Tonia Hsieh and Gavin Kenneally – Presented the engineering behind legged robots, referencing the RHex Hexapod, a robot inspired by a cockroach.
- Justin Thomas and Alicia DeVane – Spoke about grasping and perching quadrotors, inspired by raptor birds like hawks and eagles.
- Denise Wong and Jeffrey N. Carey – Spoke about microrobotics and the use of bacteria to create micromachines.