News Articles with Category: Biomimetics

Meet the US Navy’s Robot Fish: A Project Created to Aid in Improving Sea Vehicles

October 31, 2016 - via Florida Atlantic University The U.S. Navy is hoping that the result of all this work will be the eventual creation of more agile underwater robots that can be used for a number of tasks such as underwater study and observation, rescue and recovery, and even underwater damage repair.

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Meet the US Navy’s Robot Fish: A Project Created to Aid in Improving Sea Vehicles

October 31, 2016 - via Florida Atlantic University The U.S. Navy is hoping that the result of all this work will be the eventual creation of more agile underwater robots that can be used for a number of tasks such as underwater study and observation, rescue and recovery, and even underwater damage repair.

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To Track Down Bloodsucking Lampreys, This Robot Swims Like a Fish

October 26, 2016 - via Michigan State University GRACE packs a powerful tail fin to propel it forward. This is supplemented by a glider system: By changing its buoyancy, GRACE can propel itself forward by ascending and descending through the water column.

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Tuna-shaped robot could be next safety tool at Port of Charleston

October 22, 2016 - via Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate This next generation unmanned underwater vehicle could be leveraged widely by the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection to inspect ships and piers for contraband and other material

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Disguised as a tuna, bioswimmer is changing the game for underwater inspections

October 18, 2016 - via Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate BioSwimmer is a semi-autonomous underwater vehicle equipped to inspect a vessel’s exterior for illicit cargo and contraband, as well as harbor facilities for unwanted activity.

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Robo-fish, Mimicking Nature Land Professor with US Department of the Navy Research Grant

September 15, 2016 - via Florida Atlantic University The prototype, composed of 3D printed materials, 16 motors, and a membrane, is being designed to be a completely submersible underwater vehicle that will be able to conduct a host of different tasks like surveillance, underwater floor surveys, and testing underwater structures.

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Robotic Nanofish Could Enable More Efficient Drug Delivery, Nanosurgery

September 14, 2016 - via Med Device Online The artificial fish are 100 times smaller than grains of sand, made from gold and nickel segments linked by silver hinges

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October: First Autonomous Untethered Entirely Soft Robot

September 9, 2016 - via Harvard University A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot.

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Movements of fish, bats inspire next-gen robots

May 4, 2015 - via Northwestern University Their work in quantifying their movements has informed the design of a free-swimming robot that moves in all directions and, more broadly, could produce a class of robots that operate more efficiently and thus uses less battery power.

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3D Printed Robotic Fish Used for Studying Anxiety & Fear

April 24, 2015 - via NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering What we wanted to do was replace the predator with a robot that would always behave the same with the animals.

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KUTI Delivers First Vehicle with RSI Turbulence Sensor

April 22, 2015 - via Kongsberg Underwater Technology Inc This new Seaglider with the RSI sensor will allow us to map ocean turbulence and mixing rates over much wider areas than possible with a traditional microstructure profiler

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Octopus-inspired robot is the fastest underwater robot based on the given power (w/video)

April 2, 2015 - via Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology The 27-cm long robot is inflated with water and once released, rapidly deflates by shooting the water out through an aperture at its base to power its propulsion. As the rocket contracts, it can achieve more than 2.6 times the thrust of a rigid rocket doing the same manoeuvre, while creating minimum turbulence

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Robot fish to track real ones

April 1, 2015 - via Michigan State University Department of Engineering The goal is for the robotic fish to become a commercial product for scientists to be able to carry around and use at their convenience

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Deep-sea robots set to make waves

March 30, 2015 - via Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology The idea is to provide constant surveillance of the seas at low cost, using little energy.

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Robotic fish designed to protect real ones from pollution

March 17, 2015 - via Korea Institute of Industrial Technology Ultimately, the team envisages a school of robotic trout swimming around farm enclosures, working together to test for toxic chemicals and other harmful substances in multiple locations, as well as monitoring for changes in water temperature.

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Pleurobot is a robotic salamander skeleton

March 5, 2015 - via Biorobotics Laboratory, Lausanne, Switzerland Pleurobot has torque control for all of the active joints allowing it to apply neural network models of the spinal cord neural circuits of the salamander and activate virtual muscles to perform the movements of the real animal recorded in the x-ray movies.

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Southampton scientists develop 'octopus submarine'

February 5, 2015 - via University of Southampton Like an octopus, it inflates with water then rapidly deflates by shooting the water out through its base.

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Bio-Inspired Autonomous Vehicles Expand Navy Littoral Capabilities

January 29, 2015 - via Naval Research Laboratory Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have taken inspiration from nature — from fish, in particular — to design and develop novel underwater propulsion, control, and sensing solutions for near-shore and littoral zone missions.

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Swiss University Students develop Underwater Robot with fish-like fins

January 14, 2015 - via ETH Zurich The robot was inspired by the cuttlefish. It swims through the water using four large undulating fins which are capable of rapidly propelling it in any direction.

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NUS Researchers Develop New-Generation ‘Thinking’ Biomimetic Robots as Ocean Engineering Solutions

December 23, 2014 - via National University of Singapore Latest turtle robot capable of performing more complicated tasks such as surveillance and energy harvesting, and operates on a self-charge mode

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Why the Navy Is Building a Five-Foot Robot Tuna

December 17, 2014 - via Boston Engineering Thanks to its fish-like maneuvering, GhostSwimmer can navigate waters as shallow as 10 inches and make unusually sharp turns. "It can turn almost within the length of its own body

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Navy Tests New Unmanned Underwater Vehicle at JEBLC-FS

December 12, 2014 - via US Navy News Its bio-mimicry provides additional security during low visibility intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions and friendly hull inspections, while quieter than propeller driven craft of the same size

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Why Eel Drones Are the Future of Naval Warfare

December 4, 2014 - via Defense One European eels are able to migrate from Europe to the Sargasso Sea in the West Indies on almost no food, suggesting that anguilliform swimming conserves more energy than previously thought.

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Robot Designers Take Cues from Nature

November 20, 2014 - via Cadalyst Biological inspiration has already become commonplace in developing technology when you consider activities as common as computers in 'sleep' mode, 'viruses' on computers, and sonar on UUVs (from bats and dolphins).

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Stock Market Models Help Predict Animal Behavior

November 18, 2014 - via NYU School of Engineering Using many of the same tools employed in financial analysis, the researchers were able to create a mathematical model of zebrafish swimming, mining video footage from previous experimental sessions

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Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea

September 24, 2014 - via Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) Thanks to its web, the robot can now reach speeds of up to 180 millimeters (7 inches) a second — much faster thanthe 100 millimeters (4 inches) a second the web-less version of the octopus could reach.

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Pollution Detecting Robotic Fish

August 20, 2014 - via SHOAL The bright yellow robots are undergoing their first in-vivo trials in the port of Gijon, Spain.

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Robot fish monitors found lousy: BAI

July 31, 2014 - via Korea’s Board of Audit and Inspection The robot fish developed with an immense state budget of nearly $6 million to monitor water quality in the country’s major rivers have been found to be malfunctioning and not as technologically advanced as previously stated, Korea’s Board of Audit and Inspection announced yesterday based on the results of its probe.

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A Tentacled, Flexible Breakthrough

July 28, 2014 - via Research Center for Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics The octopus robot is more sophisticated than a standard robot covered in rubber. Its abundance of soft, elastic materials enables it to do things most other robots cannot — much as stiff-jointed humans cannot do what an octopus can, despite our soft skin and muscles.

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The Military Is Funding the Creation of Adorable Robots

July 12, 2014 - via Army Research Laboratory The inherent cuteness of robots is a problem for the military.

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This Underwater Drone Is The Future Of Navy Surveillance

July 3, 2014 - via Boston Engineering The robot-fish is highly maneuverable and can accelerate quickly, reaching speeds up to 40 knots, Loper said. Being propelled by its tail instead of a shaft or propeller helps it remain stealthy and energy efficient. The shark-like sensor is engineered to carry a range of payloads from acoustic sensors to underwater cameras,

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Robot tuna made by Boston Engineering gets $200k toward military use

June 27, 2014 - via Boston Engineering Boston Engineering's BIOSwimmer is a fish-like underwater robot that could be used by the U.S. military for inspecting ships, securing ports, and identifying contraband.

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Tuna Robot Navigates Biomimicry Waters

June 12, 2014 - via Boston Engineering The tuna robot boasts a propulsion system, a single oscillating foil, appropriately placed fins, and a muscular and sensory control system.

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Sepios: Robotic squid

May 19, 2014 - via ETH Zurich An underwater robot that mimics the movements of cuttlefish and squid.

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Iran Builds Fish Robot for Military, Research Purposes

May 5, 2014 - via FNA These robots can be used for research purposes, including maritime environment, military purposes such as investigating under-water installments and military operations as well.

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Just keep swimming

April 17, 2014 - via University of Maryland Bio-inspired robotic fish helps university researchers understand underwater motility

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Robotic fish feels the flow

April 4, 2014 - via University of Maryland The idea is to create an autonomous underwater vehicle that can find stationary objects by changes in water flow.

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Deep-sea Fish Inspire Robotic Feeding Model

March 31, 2014 - via National Science Foundation One of Bassbot's critical advantages is the ability it gives the researchers to reproduce experiments. "Moving water is a complicated event and the model provides details on how this occurs and does so consistently

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'RoboClam' replicates a clam's ability to burrow while using little energy

March 24, 2014 - via MIT The device, known as "RoboClam," could be used to dig itself into the ground to bury anchors or destroy underwater mines

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Soft robotic fish moves like the real thing

March 13, 2014 - via MIT Technology Review A new robotic fish can change direction almost as rapidly as a real fish.

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Soon, underwater robots inspired by Amazon electric fish

February 16, 2014 - via Northwestern University The black ghost knifefish hunts at night in the murky rivers of the Amazon basin using closely integrated sensing and movement systems. It has the unique ability to sense with a self-generated weak electric field around its entire body (electrosense) and to swim in multiple directions. The fish moves both horizontally (forward and backward) as well as vertically using a ribbon-like fin on the underside of its body.

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Fish-Like Underwater Robots Developed to Protect the Environment

December 26, 2013 - via European Union Teams of robotic fish are drawing on the intelligence of swarms of social insects and other organisms in new ways to help protect the environment.

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Turtle Robot Dives Wrecks

November 26, 2013 - via Tallinn University of Technology Centre for Biorobotics Fin propulsors of U-CAT can drive the robot in all directions without disturbing water and beating up silt from the bottom, which would decrease visibility inside the shipwreck

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Penguin-inspired propulsion system

November 16, 2013 - via University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland Based on a penguin's shoulder-and-wing system, the mechanism features a spherical joint that enables three degrees of freedom and a fixed center of rotation.

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Glass Knifefish Achieve Better Locomotor Performance than Current Robotic Systems

November 8, 2013 - via New Jersey Institute of Technology The study suggests that the opposing forces simultaneously improved the ability of the animal to change its velocity, thereby making the animal more maneuverable.

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Researchers Study Stingray Movements for Building More Agile, Maneuverable Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

November 8, 2013 - via University of Buffalo Stingrays' unique swimming motion is the basis of research by UB mechanical engineers.

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The Secret's in the (Robotic) Stroke

October 31, 2013 - via Polytechnic Institute of New York University Recent studies from two research teams at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) demonstrate how underwater robots can be used to understand and influence the complex swimming behaviors of schooling fish.

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Energy-Saving Secret of Jellyfish

October 16, 2013 - via WHOI This kind of low-energy, high efficiency thrust would not power any kind of fast-moving, quick-turning ocean craft, but it might be useful for monitoring devices that need to maintain a position or move at a slower pace.

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Homeland Security’s robotic fish put to test with Battleship Texas

September 16, 2013 - via Boston Engineering Known as the BIOSwimmer, the technology undergoing testing is a highly maneuverable, unmanned underwater vehicle that is equipped with a sophisticated suite of sensors and embodies the natural shape of a tuna.

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Robots strike fear in the hearts of fish

August 1, 2013 - via Polytechnic Institute of New York University This latest study expands Porfiri and Macrì's efforts to determine how bio-inspired robots can be employed as reliable stimuli to elicit reactions from live zebrafish.

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Researchers Develop World's First Soft Robot

July 19, 2013 - via OCTOPUS Project The European Commission-funded OCTOPUS project is building a robotic octopus body and brain that will be able to propel itself through water, elongate its arms, and use them to reach and grasp items. The research team is studying how all eight arms interact with each other and with the body to achieve locomotion and manipulation of objects.

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New underwater robot swims and senses like a fish

July 17, 2013 - via Filose The EU-funded FILOSE project (Robotic fish locomotion and sensing) is addressing a key bottleneck for underwaterrobotics, namely the problem of understanding how fish sense the underwater environment.

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Naro-nanin educational robot fish takes a dip

July 15, 2013 - via Gizmag "Our goal is to teach students different skills in the areas of biology, mathematics, physics, and computer science,"

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Giant Crabster robot to explore shipwrecks and shallow seas

July 4, 2013 - via Gizmag For the past 2 years, researchers at the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) have been working on a giant robot crab that is about the size and weight of a Smart car.

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Underwater propulsion from a 3-D printer

July 1, 2013 - via Phys.org Octopus inspires new underwater jet propulsion system.

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Meet Robot Carp, a robot fish with autonomous 3-D movement

June 26, 2013 - via National University of Singapore Our model is capable of 3-D movements as it can dive and float, using its fins like a real fish.

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Unleash the Kraken! Robot octopus learning to swim

June 18, 2013 - via Octopus Project Most of the time an octopus crawls to get around, but they swim quickly to avoid predation using a built-in water jet. Added propulsion comes from undulating all eight tentacles in unison, but the researchers have found that the robot can also move quite smoothly by fluttering its arms independently

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Using fish to design better underwater robots

June 13, 2013 - via Bowling Green State University For the past two years the team has been trying to figure out how specific sensory capabilities in fish can be transferred to state-of-the-art sensory technology that can be applied to creating superior sensors for military and civilian applications with AUVs.

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Robotic fish offer new avenue for understanding alcohol's effect on brain, behavior

June 6, 2013 - via Polytechnic Institute of New York City This is the first study to demonstrate use of robotic stimuli to study reward-related behavior in zebrafish, and is an example of how the emerging field of ethorobotics—the interaction of biologically inspired robots with live animals—can transform longstanding research models.

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Giant robot jellyfish to patrol US coasts

April 1, 2013 - via Fox News The goal is to create robots that are autonomous and self-powered to conduct surveillance.

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AMPHIBIOUS SALAMANDER-LIKE ROBOT SWIMS IN WATER, CRAWLS ON LAND

March 27, 2013 - via EPFL Biorobotics It’s a robot that can walk like lizard, slither like a snake, and swim like a fish just by modulating the strength of the signal.

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Uncovering The Function Of Fish Shapes

January 25, 2013 - via Physics Central Uncovering the secrets of fish shapes in relation to how they move could help engineers build better biomimetic underwater robots.

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Robo fish can glide (almost) forever

January 16, 2013 - via NBC News The gliding and swimming combo makes the robot adaptable to environments from shallow streams to deep lakes and rivers with rapid currents.

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ROBOFISH GRACE GLIDES WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE

January 14, 2013 - via Michigan State University “Swimming requires constant flapping of the tail,” Tan said, “which means the battery is constantly being discharged and typically wouldn’t last more than a few hours.” The disadvantage to gliding, he said, is that it is slower and less maneuverable. “This is why we integrated both locomotion modes – gliding and swimming – in our robot,”

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Bio-robotic fish debuts in the Arctic Ocean

November 29, 2012 - via Peking University It swam in the Arctic Ocean for only more than 20 minutes, but the data and experience gained will prove valuable for further improvement of the bio-robotic fish and its production and application.

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First pool tests for robotic turtle (w/video)

November 26, 2012 - via ETH Zurich The reasons to choose the turtle as model lie in the rigid body which is technically much simpler to realize than a agile body of a fish. The big torso also provides enough space for sensors and batteries which are essential for autonomy.

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Bioinspired Robot Meets Fish: Robotic Fish Research Swims Into New Ethorobotics Waters

November 20, 2012 - via Polytechnic Institute of New York University Their findings show that zebrafish demonstrate increased attraction to robots that are able to modulate their tail motions in accordance with the live fishes' behavior.

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Scientists working on developing robotic fish that could be used as naval drones

October 23, 2012 - via Associated Press The ONR grants aren’t aimed as much at creating drones as at understanding how things move forward underwater

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Fish Fins Inspire 
Agile Robots

October 21, 2012 - via ASME Drexel's College of Engineering's Lab for Biological Systems Analysis, which has a three-year grant from the Office of Naval Research. His team is studying the diverse functions of rayed fish fins, through behavioral observations, as well as robotic and mathematical models.

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Robot fish mimics real life counterparts

October 20, 2012 - via University of Technology in Krakow 

Malec says he hopes a future version of the robot fish will be more intelligent.

"We're working on creating an autonomous underwater robot that will make its own decisions.

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Autonomous swimming robot inspired by the sea turtle

October 2, 2012 - via GizMag naro - tartaruga has been in development since 2010, but it is scheduled to make its first dive this month.

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Robots to keep farmed fish fit and healthy?

September 29, 2012 - via NBC News Their basic idea is to “devise a system … that would trigger the natural behavior of schooling, and that could make fish swim in a given way,” Rossi said. Such a system could be a fish-like robot, such as one under development by Maurizio Porfiri at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University to steer fish away from pollution and around dams.

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Robotic tuna is built by Homeland Security

September 19, 2012 - via US Department of Homeland Security - Science and Technology Inspired by the real tuna, BIOSwimmer™ is a UUV designed for high maneuverability in harsh environments, with a flexible aft section and appropriately placed sets of pectoral and other fins. For those cluttered and hard-to-reach underwater places where inspection is necessary, the tuna-inspired frame is an optimal design.

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Nearly $50 million in research funding awarded by NSF

September 17, 2012 - via National Science Foundation Search-and-rescue, planet exploration, home health care and drug delivery are potential applications that offer tremendous economic and societal impacts

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Researchers engineer light-activated skeletal muscle

August 30, 2012 - via MIT Technology Review Technique may enable robotic animals that move with the strength and flexibility of their living counterparts.

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AeroVironment's Mola Robot Flies Underwater on Solar Power

August 28, 2012 - via IEEE Sectrum Aerovioronment has used the sunfish as an inspiration for one of their latest proof of concept robots: Mola, an oceangoing robot that's powered by the sun.

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Underwater Robots > Robojelly

August 22, 2012 - via Virginia Tech The robot is essentially a silicone sheath over a shape memory-alloy core. It uses a gaseous fuel, a mix of oxygen and hydrogen which is consumed to provide the power to contract the nickel-titanium shape memory alloy used to provide the actuators inside the shell, and to provide the propulsion boost when the combusted materials are ejected.

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Beetles' Sticky Feet Lay Groundwork for Undersea Robots

August 7, 2012 - via InnovationNewsDaily The researchers saw air bubbles trapped between the beetles' setae — bubbles that helped keep the adhesive-covered setae dry and sticky.

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Underwater Robotics: How to Become the World’s Fastest Swimmer

August 3, 2012 - via Wall Street Journal Japan Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have built what they say is the first humanoid robot that can swim underwater using all four limbs. The robot’s mission: to figure out the most efficient way to swim with the least amount of drag

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‘Mantabot’ vehicle swims like a ray

July 24, 2012 - via Futurity "Biology has solved the problem of locomotion with these animals, so we have to understand the mechanisms if we are going to not only copy how the animal swims, but possibly even to improve upon it,"

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Robo fish: revolutionising marine pollutant monitoring

July 5, 2012 - via Ship Technology Marine pollutant monitoring has gone robotic with the introduction of SHOAL, an autonomously controlled fish. Rowan Watt-Pringle spoke to Luke Speller - SHOAL project leader and senior research scientist at the BMT Group - about the use of these robotic fish to monitor and search for pollution in ports and other underwater environments.

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Engineered robot interacts with live fish

June 8, 2012 - via Institute of Physics A bioinspired robot has provided the first experimental evidence that live zebrafish can be influenced by engineered robots.

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Zebrafish Like their Robots Striped, Female and Fertile

June 7, 2012 - via NYU-Poly Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) reports significant progress in devising methods for leading live fish away from oil spills and other aquatic dangers using a species-specific robotic fish

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Robot fish work together to detect and analyse pollution

May 31, 2012 - via The Engineer Trials of the robotic fish are set to continue into June, and data collected during testing will be analysed thereafter.

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Polytech researchers in Brooklyn build robotic super fish to save other fish from danger

May 31, 2012 - via New York Daily News Researchers at NYU’s Polytechnic Institute built a robot fish that will eventually be used in the Gowanus Canal.

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Robotic jellyfish could one day patrol oceans, clean oil spills, and detect pollutants

May 29, 2012 - via Virginia Tech The main focus of the program is to understand the fundamentals of propulsion mechanisms utilized by nature,

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Water-monitoring robofish almost ready to patrol Great Lakes

May 29, 2012 - via Great Lakes Echo After three prototypes and multiple tweaks to his robotic fish, Xiaobo Tan is planning to deploy the water-monitoring device this August.

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Robotic fish to patrol for pollution in harbours

May 22, 2012 - via BBC News "Ports, harbours and estuaries can be challenging places to routinely monitor for pollutants, often with a lengthy time period between sampling and transport and laboratory time for analysis. "A remotely operated device could be deployed quickly and simply in shallow water environments, enabling a rapid response for decision making and remedial action to be taken."

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Robotic fish shoal sniffs out pollution in harbours

May 22, 2012 - via NewScientist It is not some bizarre new form of marine life, but an autonomous robotic fish designed to sense marine pollution, taking to the open waves for the first time.

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Machine Counterpart: Nature’s New Creatures

May 8, 2012 - via Scientific American “It has now become apparent to most in the robotics community that the principles found in animal design and control can be applied to improve robot designs.”

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Solving the Jellyfish Puzzle

May 1, 2012 - via Seapower The goal is to design and build an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that mimics the morphology and propulsion mechanism used by jellyfish to swim in complex ocean states.

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Soft Robotics Takes Shape

April 22, 2012 - via Forbes Unlike rigid robots, soft robots can be used to squeeze into tight spaces.

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“Darwin’s Devices”: Here come the robot fish

April 9, 2012 - via Salon A scientist uses aquatic automatons to plumb the mysteries of evolution, intelligence and the future

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US Navy develops unusual “jellyfish” and “Tuna” shaped underwater drones

April 6, 2012 - via Charlotte Examiner A number of new designs of small underwater drones are expected in the coming years. The Office of Naval Research has been sponsoring new breeds of vehicles

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Robotic fish swim the stories of the dead, design the future

April 4, 2012 - via GeekWire A group of robotics experts gathered today at a “Biorobotics Roundtable” sponsored by Kirkland robotics maker Coroware to discuss how building robotic fish can help us better understand evolution, locomotion, even swarm behavior.

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Robotic fish swim the stories of the dead, design the future

April 4, 2012 - via GeekWire A group of robotics experts gathered today at a “Biorobotics Roundtable” sponsored by Kirkland robotics maker Coroware to discuss how building robotic fish can help us better understand evolution, locomotion, even swarm behavior.

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How a Tiny Robot Could Check Your Health from Inside Your Body

March 29, 2012 - via LiveScience Researchers are working on making a tiny robotic sea lamprey that would swim inside the body, to help with medical diagnoses.

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Researchers Unveil Robot Jellyfish Built on Nanotechnology

March 22, 2012 - via University of Texas Dallas UT Dallas Team Collaborates on Undersea Vehicle Powered by Hydrogen and Oxygen

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Robotic Jellyfish Regenerates Fuel from Surroundings


March 21, 2012 - via Virginia Tech American researchers have created a robotic jellyfish, named Robojelly, which not only exhibits characteristics ideal to use in underwater search and rescue operations, but could, theoretically at least, never run out of energy thanks to it being fuelled by hydrogen.

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Navy funds lab’s research on robotic fish

March 16, 2012 - via Drexel University A major focus of the Drexel team’s research concentrates on how the hierarchical sensory control of the fish influences its swimming capabilities.

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Naval Research Grant Will Give Fins to Drexel University's Robotic Fish

March 8, 2012 - via Drexel Now A robotic fish, developed in Drexel University’s College of Engineering, could soon be leading the way for development of unmanned, automated marine vehicles according to researchers in the Laboratory for Biological Systems Analysis.

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Real Fish Welcome Robotic Overlord Into Their School

February 22, 2012 - via Wired A robotic fish has sailed across an aquatic uncanny valley by tricking real fish into following it upstream. The feat could lead to better understanding of fish behavior and perhaps some means to divert them from environmental disaster scenes.

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Sharks' Scales Create Tiny Whirlpools for Speedy Swimming

February 9, 2012 - via LiveScience Razor-sharp scales on their skin seem to make it easier for sharks to race through the water, by generating whirlpools that help pull them along, researchers say. This research eventually could lead to an artificial shark skin that enhances the swimming of underwater robots, the researchers add.

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What Robot Fish Can Tell Us About Parallel Evolution

January 31, 2012 - via Smithsonian The research team led by Anna Greenwood of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle devised a machine to test for and measure schooling behavior in sticklebacks. This consists of a mobile-like cluster of fake fish which move together as a robotic school in a circle around a large aquarium. When fish from a schooling population of sticklebacks were placed in the water with this machine, they joined the fake fish and swam around with them.

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Social learning en masse

January 5, 2012 - via MIT When in doubt, copy others. That simple rule is hardwired into humans.

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Evolving Robotic Fish

December 19, 2011 - via The Beacon This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by MSU graduate student Jianxun Wang.

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Firat University Robotic Fish

December 9, 2011 - via Firat University Youtube Video

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Future Car Manufacturers Schooled By Fish

November 24, 2011 - via TPM Gordon and a team of researchers at UCLA and Caltech spent the better part of 15 years studying the movement of boxfish in water, with a grant from the Office of Naval Research, which was interested in finding new models for its next generation of unmanned subs, also known as autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs.

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Robojelly - An Underwater Robot That Learns To Swim More Like The Real Thing

November 23, 2011 - via American Physical Society The robot is built out of silicone and uses shape memory alloy (SMA) actuators to swim.

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Jellyfish-like robot for underwater surveillance

November 23, 2011 - via Virginia Tech Researchers at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech built an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) inspired by jellyfish morphology and propulsion mechanism

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Dolphin Whistles Help Solve The Mysteries Of The Cosmos

November 21, 2011 - via Fast Company With a lot of help from Flipper, scientists have a better shot at understanding phenomena like black holes and supernovae.

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Robojelly Gets an Upgrade: Underwater Robot Learns to Swim More Like the Real Thing

November 18, 2011 - via American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics Recently, a team at Virginia Tech has improved the performance of this silicone swimmer, enabling it to better overcome the limitations of its artificial skin and better mimic the true motion of a jellyfish.

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Nature's amazing synchrony explained

November 15, 2011 - via The Age A team of biologists from Australia and Sweden has studies schools of fish to better understand their movement.

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Biomimetic pressure sensors help guide oceangoing vessels

November 9, 2011 - via MIT Lateral lines in fish contain hundreds of tiny pressure and velocity sensors that enable them to navigate through currents and eddies as efficiently as possible. To mimic that ability, MIT researchers have developed inexpensive, sensitive MEMS-based pressure sensors and mounted them on a small experimental vessel in a pattern that replicates the distribution of the lateral lines

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Less Traffic Jams For Fish Under Water

November 9, 2011 - via Discovery News New research shows how schools of fish swim together in unison — they drive like we do. By basing their speed and movements on the closest neighbor around them, fish are able to swim in large groups without accident

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Robotic Fish

November 3, 2011 - via Emory Univeristy In their effort to design an efficient aquatic robot, the engineers at MSU have turned to actual fish for inspiration. Living fish are already well suited to aquatic environments, so it is hoped that their anatomy can be used in various underwater robots and vehicles.

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Synchronized Swimming: Patrolling for Pollution with Robotic Fish

September 19, 2011 - via Scientific American In landlocked East Lansing, Michigan, you’re unlikely to swim with dolphins. But you can swim with robotic fish, thanks to a team of scientists who are developing underwater robots that swim in schools to monitor water quality.

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ANIMAL-INSPIRED ROBOTS TAKE A DIP

September 6, 2011 - via Discovery.com Roboticists are looking to sting rays, sea turtles, and sharks for inspiration.

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The Stunning Debut of HEU Biomimetic Robot Fish at the National Expo

August 5, 2011 - via Harbin Engineering University The competence of these “premium fish” lies in the high-tech and stable performance. Despite the small size, the little “fish” beares great wisdom. The gospel for the free swim was the “artificial muscles”, i.e. a bio-engine in the fish tail.

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UNO Earns $900k Award From Office of Naval Research To Build Robotic 'Eel'

August 3, 2011 - via University of New Orleans Researchers will attempt to confirm an aquatic swimming motion theory originally completed by William Vorus, professor emeritus of the UNO School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

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UT Research Inspires Robotics Design for Medicine and Military

August 2, 2011 - via University of Tennessee Knoxville Knowing Giardia‘s inner workings may buoy an energy-efficient propulsion system for underwater vehicles or designs for quick turn and agile control of underwater vehicles. The findings of Giardia‘s unique attachment and landing procedures may also inspire a more accurate and quick surface attachment mechanism.

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'Octobot' Could Save Your Life

July 19, 2011 - via Discovery News Researchers have mimicked an unusual muscular structure found only in tongues and elephant trunks.

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Leeds University's robot worm 'could save lives'

July 12, 2011 - via BBC The 78in (2m) robot is based on the nervous system of a microscopic worm, C. elegans, and copies its movements.

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Zoobotics - A new generation of animal-like robots is about to emerge from the laboratory

July 7, 2011 - via The Economist The result has been a flourishing of animal-like robots. It is not just dogs that engineers are copying now, but shrews complete with whiskers, swimming lampreys, grasping octopuses, climbing lizards and burrowing clams.

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"Galloping" Snail Robot Can Move in Any Direction

July 5, 2011 - via IEEE Spectrum This galloping technique has been adapted (and expanded) for robots by the Biomechatronics Lab at Chuo University in Japan.

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Little Amphibious Tumbling Robot Tackles Tough Terrain

May 25, 2011 - via IEEE Spectrum Designed to move by flipping itself end-over-end in a somersaulting motion. It's called Aquapod, and it was created by the University of Minnesota's Center for Distributed Robotics.

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Turning to Biomechanics to Build a Kinder, Gentler Rib Spreader

May 17, 2011 - via Wilmington Star News Dr. Crenshaw and Mr. Pell helped open the way for other biomechanics experts to turn their insights into technology. Some researchers are building self-burying anchors based on razor clams. Others are adding bumps along the edges of windmill blades to mimic whale fins.

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Naked Engineering - Robotic Fish

May 17, 2011 - via The Naked Scientists Professor Huosheng Hu from the Computer Science Department at the University of Essex showing Meera and Dave his new generation of robotic fish.

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Robotic octopus could carry out underwater operations

March 22, 2011 - via The Engineer Possible uses for the autonomous, battery-powered device include underwater maintenance, marine salvage and retrieval of objects, such as black-box recorders from crashed aircraft.

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Robot fish can trick the real thing

March 8, 2011 - via PhysOrg.com Porfiri posited that if he could enforce leadership by an external member--in this case, a robot that actively engages the group--he could influence the direction and behavior of schooling fish.

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The mathematics of fish schools and flocks of humans

February 22, 2011 - via ars technica What drives groups of individual animals to act in a coherent manner? Everyone has seen the oddly coordinated behavior exhibited by flocks of birds or schools of fish as they turn, sweep, and rotate seemingly as one. But how does a group of individuals make decisions about how to move and where to go at once? Do they follow some prescribed and describable mathematical behavior?

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Prof designs robot to guide fish away from dangerous waters

February 10, 2011 - via New York University An NYU-Poly professor has designed a robotic fish to help guide schools of fish away from dangerous areas like turbines and polluted waters.

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Designing Future Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

February 1, 2011 - via Defense Tech Briefs Development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles have made great strides, but serious obstacles remain.

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Robotic Ghost Knifefish Could Pave Way for Highly Agile Underwater Robots

January 18, 2011 - via Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science Researchers at Northwestern University have created a robotic fish that can move from swimming forward and backward to swimming vertically almost instantaneously by using a sophisticated, ribbon-like fin.



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Black Ghost Knifefish Robot Unmasks Movement Secrets

December 21, 2010 - via Wired.com Borrowing biological designs from the black ghost knifefish, engineers have built a swimming robot that reveals how the animal’s trick of vertical movement works.

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Motorpike: Mechanical fish pulls serious gs

November 2, 2010 - via New Scientist Underwater robots that mimic fish are usually designed for efficient movement at constant speed. Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and colleagues at MIT instead aimed to build one to move off as fast as possible from a stationary start.

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Robot Fishes Help to Monitored Water

October 28, 2010 - via Green Syyle Life Soon, the water in Gijon, a harbor in Northern Spain will be monitored by robotic, battery-powered fish.

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Balloon filled with ground coffee makes ideal robotic gripper

October 25, 2010 - via Cornell University The human hand is an amazing machine that can pick up, move and place objects easily, but for a robot, this "gripping" mechanism is a vexing challenge. Opting for simple elegance, researchers from Cornell, the University of Chicago and iRobot Corp. have created a versatile gripper using everyday ground coffee and a latex party balloon, bypassing traditional designs based on the human hand and fingers.

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Computational model of swimming fish could inspire design of robots or medical prosthetics

October 18, 2010 - via University of Maryland Study is first to address the interaction of both internal and external forces on locomotion in large, fast animals like fishes

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What's the secret to keeping the world's water healthy? Ask a fish.

October 11, 2010 - via Michigan State University Engineering assistant professor Xiaobo Tan and zoology assistant professor Elena Litchman are integrating their research and collaborating on a fast, inexpensive, and easy way to monitor the world’s waters and what lurks in their depths.

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Fish, Birds and Bats Inspire Navy’s Next-Gen Drones

October 8, 2010 - via Wired.com Researchers led by a team at the University of Washington have received a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the Office of Naval Research, to evaluate other animal features that would make for better autonomous vehicles.

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Solving Engineering Issues by Studying Jellyfish

October 7, 2010 - via National Science Foundation Jellyfish create doughnut-shaped currents of rotating water when they swim. Visually, they resemble what happens when someone blows smoke rings from a cigar. More importantly, however, this unusual method of propulsion, these so-called “vortex rings,” enable jellyfish to go further on less energy, an idea that scientists hope to translate into new engineering designs.

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MSU Receives NSF RAPID Grant: Robotic Fish to Track Gulf Oil Spill

September 21, 2010 - via Michigan State University Dr. Xiaobo Tan has received a Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation, to develop robotic fish for detecting and monitoring the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

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Robot Fish

August 31, 2010 - via KBS World The so-called robot fish, or underwater robots, are expected to be deployed in parts of four major rivers in Korea next year to monitor water quality.

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The future of robotics takes the floor, and more, at biomechanics conference

August 21, 2010 - via Providence Journal The event isn’t a big draw for the public, but prototypes from the event eventually could be. “The reality is, what people are doing here now will have an application in about 10 years,” said Tom Roberts, conference co-chairman and associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Brown University, co-sponsor with Rhode Island Hospital.

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Brown hosts major national biomechanics meeting

August 13, 2010 - via Brown University About 600 scientists from the American Society of Biomechanics will be in Providence Aug. 18–21, 2010, for a national conference. With equal representation of engineers and life scientists, the ASB will consider everything from free-ranging robotic fish and birds to prostheses and robotic “exoskeletons.”

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Introducing Robofish: Leading the Crowd in Studying Group Dynamics

August 7, 2010 - via Science Magazine We've proven it's possible to use robotic fish to study relationships between individuals and shoal dynamics as well as the behaviour of individual fish

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Tiny Fuel Cell operated ithiological robots

July 28, 2010 - via Diginfonews A tiny fuel cell powers a tiny robotic fish designed recently by Osaka City University engineers.

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Gut movements in caterpillars have impact on robotic design

July 23, 2010 - via Virginia Tech Weird movements in the abdomens of freely crawling caterpillars are making headlines in the fields of engineering and biology, says Jake Socha, Virginia Tech assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics.

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MKE to Develop Pollution-Fighting Robotic Fish

July 6, 2010 - via Korea IT Times The Ministry of Knowledge Economy is seeking to develop fish-shaped robots with the ability to detect hazardous water pollutants.

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‘RoboCod’ could be help fight pollution in Welsh waters

June 29, 2010 - via South Wales Argus SHOALS of robotic fish could be coming to South Wales ports to fight pollution. The ‘fish’, nicknamed ‘RoboCod’ are designed as an early warning system seeking out pollution in ports, harbours and marinas. The ‘fish’ are able to mimic the movement of real fish and are equipped with tiny chemical sensors to locate the source of potentially hazardous pollutants in the water.

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Robofish leads the crowd to open up new studies in group dynamics

June 28, 2010 - via University of Leeds Leeds scientists have created the first convincing robotic fish that shoals will accept as one of their own. The innovation opens up new possibilities for studying fish behaviour and group dynamics. It provides useful information to support freshwater and marine environmental management, to predict fish migration routes and assess the likely impact of human intervention on fish populations.

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S. Korea to develop robot fish to monitor river conditions

June 25, 2010 - via Balita The Ministry of Knowledge Economy said it plans to set aside 6 billion won (US$ 5.03 million) in the next three years to develop sensors, autonomous swimming control mechanisms and wireless power recharging technologies needed to operate the robots. The state-run Korea Institute of Industrial Technology will be in charge of the overall research with Samsung Thales Co. to build the robots, the ministry said. The robots will be able to run for four hours, move 2.5 meters per second and have at least five sensors, which can be used to check for water pollution, oxygen levels and submerged man-made structures.

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Robotic fish project is recognised at Science Museum, London

June 24, 2010 - via BMT Group Visitors to the Science Museum in London will be given a rare opportunity to see the latest weapon in the fight against water pollution - a fully automated robotic fish which has been developed by EU scientists.

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Robot Fish to Detect Ocean Pollution

June 20, 2010 - via National Geographic News The prototype robot fish, modeled after carp, have been swimming around the London Aquarium as they await their release off northern Spain in 2011. Equipped with tiny chemical sensors, the fish will collect data on pollution in the port of Gijón and wirelessly transmit the information back to the port's control center.

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Shoal of robot fish casts a wider data net

June 10, 2008 - via New Scientist Robotic fish with flapping fins and tails have been programmed to swim in a school by researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle. They say that artificial fish with group behaviour could track marine pollutants or wildlife such as whales.

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