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Fall, 2018

Towards Dextrous Locomotion with Biomimetic Millirobots

Ronald S. Fearing

John William McKay Jr. Electrical Engineering Professor
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Univ. of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Decimeter-scale robots will soon be able to access and maneuver in a wide range of environments previously only accessible by animals. To achieve dextrous locomotion at the small-scale requires a high power-to-weight ratio and mechanical design which can exploit environment interactions, in addition to control strategies. Recent advances in planar fabrication allow low-cost manufacture of robust milli-scale robot designs. We have found that aspects of intelligent behavior can arise from intrinsic mechanics, which is particularly useful for under-actuated systems. For these systems, appendages such as claws and tails greatly improve maneuverability. In addition, the study of small animals such as insects, birds, and lizards has lead to “implicit intelligence” principles which can be applied to the design of biomimetic millirobots.

Ronald S. Fearing is the John William McKay Jr. Electrical Engineering Professor in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at Univ. of California, Berkeley, which he joined in Jan. 1988. He was Vice-Chair for Undergraduate Matters from 2000-2006, and is Vice-Chair for Graduate Matters (2016-present). His current research interests are in bioinspired milli-robotics, including flying and crawling milli-robots, cooperative locomotion, rapid prototyping, parallel nano-grasping (gecko adhesion) and micro-assembly. He has worked in tactile sensing, teletaction, and dextrous manipulation. He has a PhD from Stanford in EE (1988) and SB and SM in EECS from MIT (1983). He received the Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1991, and is the co-inventor on 18 US and international patents.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
3:30 PM
Seaver Science Library, Room 150 (SSL 150)

Refreshments will be served at 3:15 pm.

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