The Bio-Inspired Perception and Robotics Laboratory (BPRL) is a facility in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder that conducts research and development in the area of biologically inspired robotics. We seek to distil the fundamental sensing, processing and feedback principles that govern robust behavior in organisms to enable new classes of robotic systems with improved agility, locomotion and autonomy.

AVL Group

Research Areas

  • Reduction principles in biology
  • Novel sensorimotor feedback architectures
  • Dynamics of highly flexible synthetic systems
  • Sensor- and actuator-rich feedback control
  • Integration of embedded hardware/software systems and communications
  • Bio-inspired sensors and sensory processing
  • Low-power, lightweight arrayed MEMS and analog VLSI based avionics
  • Rotary, fixed and flapping wing UAS flight mechanics, stability and control
  • Insect-inspired mechanisms for gust rejection
  • Autonomous navigation and collision avoidance