Nature is an incredible source of inspiration for designers. UC Berkeley provides access to an incredible Integrative Biology department. Through collaborations across campus, we seek to understand how biological attachment and manipulation devices operate, and how we can use this as a resource to create new machines that operate robustly in challenging unstructured environments. Topics range from kinematics to sensor suite design and interpretation.
There is a current focus in the lab on looking marine manipulation, as many species are capable of extraordinary multifunctionality, as well as highly specialized dexterous functions. By studying the animals’ functional morphology, as well as dynamic properties of behaviors in the underwater setting, we hope to gain valuable insights into future robotic designs.