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Designing robots that assemble and adapt | MconneX | MichEpedia

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Published on May 28, 2014

What happens when you send a rolling robot out for a mission, and it turns out they need legs instead? That happens more often than you might think, and to combat that Michigan Engineers are working on creating "self-assembling" robots that can build themselves into any form required.

U-M Assistant Professor Shai Revzen and his team at the Biologically Inspired Robotics and Dynamical Systems (BIRDS) Lab are working on a variety of innovative solutions to create mechanical and robotic tools for challenging situations. In addition to self-assembling technologies, the team hopes to identify, model and reproduce the strategies animals use to combine mechanical and neural control for interacting with physical objects.

About the Professor: Shai Revzen (https://www.eecs.umich.edu/eecs/etc/f...) is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (http://eecs.umich.edu/), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan College of Engineering (http://www.engin.umich.edu/). His research at the BIRDS Lab (http://www.birds.eecs.umich.edu/) focuses on the role of mechanical dynamics in the control of animal and robot motion. His approach has been to reverse engineer whole-system properties of the animals through measurement of their closed-loop interactions with the environment, and apply the ideas and principles derived in the form of robotic devices and biomimetic design methods that embody some of the desirable features observed in the animal.

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