Students present bio-inspired robots at the Smithsonian
On Friday, April 3, a student team from the Maryland Robotics Center demonstrated robots at the kick-off event of the National Robotics Week, held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
National Robotics Week is an annual week of special events held across the U.S. that celebrate robotics research and technologies. It brings together engineers, scientists, students and their families who share a passion for robotics. The week educates and inspires the next generation of scientists and innovators and "recognizes robotics technology as a pillar of 21st century American innovation."
The Maryland Robotics Center students demonstrated bio-inspired robots to a large of crowd of national and international visitors. The Maryland team members included team leader Lena Johnson, Alex Holness, Ariyan Kabir, Joshua Langsfeld, Ariel Perez-Rosado, Brual Shah, Srudeep Somnaath and Shaurya Sriyam. Lena, Alex and Ariel also gave a formal ten-minute presentation about their robotic projects and held a Q&A session following.
About the Maryland Robotics Center
The Maryland Robotics Center is an interdisciplinary research center housed in the Institute for Systems Research within the A. James Clark School of Engineering. The mission of the center is to advance robotic systems, underlying component technologies, and applications of robotics through research and educational programs that are interdisciplinary in nature and based on a systems approach.
The center's research activities include all aspects of robotics including development of component technologies (e.g., sensors, actuators, structures, and communication), novel robotic platforms, and intelligence and autonomy for robotic systems. The center consists of faculty members spanning the following academic departments: Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kinesiology and Mechanical Engineering. Research projects in the center are supported by the major federal funding agencies including NSF, ARO, ARL, ONR, AFOSR, NIH, DARPA, NASA, and NIST.
Current research areas
• Collaborative, Cooperative, Networked Robotics: bio-inspired robotics concepts, time-delayed robotics, robotic swarms, robotic cooperation under limited communication, and distributed robotics.
• Medical Robotics: MRI-compatible surgical robotics, haptics-enabled AFM, exoskeletons for rehabilitation, and magnetic micromanipulation for drug delivery.
• Miniature Robotics: mesoscale robots; bio-inspired sensing, actuation, and locomotion; cell manipulation (optical, AFM based, and micro fluidics); and micro and nano manipulation (optical and magnetic).
• Robotics for Extreme Environments: space robotics and autonomous deep-submergence sampling systems.
• Unmanned Vehicles: micro air vehicles, unmanned sea surface vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, and planetary surface rovers.
• Bio-Inspired Robotics: Robots inspired by biological forms. Bio-inspired design and manufacturing, artificial muscles, adaptive control of bio-inspired robots, biosensors, soft robots, swarming, co-robotics, multifunctional materials and structures, biomaterials, biolocomotion, energy harvesting, autonomy, humanoid robots, modular robots.
• Cognitive Robotics: endowing a robot with intelligent behavior by providing it with a processing architecture that allows it to learn and reason about how to behave in response to complex goals in a complex world. Cognitive robots integrate perception, cognition and action.