Bio-Inspired Perception and Robotics Laboratory: Research Projects

Current Projects
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CPS: Synthetic, Distributed Sensing, Soft and Modular Tissue (sTISSUE)

Sponsor: NSF
Investigators: PI: Mark Rentschler (CU), Co-PI: Sean Humbert (CU), Christoph Keplinger (CU), Nikolaus Correll (CU)

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Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA)

Sponsor: ARL (Joseph Mait)
Investigators: Sean Humbert (CU – MCE Thrust Lead); Vijay Kumar (UPenn – CNC Thrust Lead); Kamal Sarabandi (Michigan – SPP Thrust Lead); Larry Matthies (JPL – JX Thrust Lead)

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AFOSR Center of Excellence on Nature Inspired Flight Technologies and Ideas (NIFTI)

Sponsor: AFOSR
Investigators: Sean Humbert (CU – Institute Lead); Tom Daniel (UW – Director, Institute Lead); Pamela Abshire (UMD – Institute Lead); Cindy Moss (Johns Hopkins – Institute Lead); Mark Willis (CWRU – Institute Lead)

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Completed Projects
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ARO Young Investigator – Insect-Inspired Visual Flight Control for Aerial Microsystems

Sponsor: ARO (Randy Zachary)
Collaborators: N/A

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MURI – AIRFOILS: Animal-Inspired Robust Flight with Outer and Inner Loop Strategies

Sponsor: ONR (Marc Steinberg)
Collaborators: Kristi Morgansen (UW - PI), Jason Vance (College of Charleston)

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Collision Avoidance and Local Guidance Based on Insect Visual Motion Processing

Sponsor: AFRL-Eglin (Johnny Evers)
Collaborators: Pat Shoemaker (Tanner Research, Inc.), David O’Carroll (Univ of Adelaide)

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Bio-Inspired MAV Navigation in Cluttered Urban Environments

Sponsor: AFRL-WPAFB (Mark Mears)
Collaborators: Jim Paduano (Aurora Flight Sciences), Tim Horiuchi (UMD)

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The Relationship Between Visual Sensor Equipment in Flying Insects and their Flight Performance – a ‘Neurobio-Engineering’ Approach

Sponsor: AFOSR (Willard Larkin)
Collaborators: Holger Krapp (Imperial College)

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MURI – Biologically Inspired Flapping Flight

Sponsor: AFOSR (Doug Smith)
Collaborators: Wei Shyy (Univ of Michigan)

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AD-150 Tilt Duct VTOL Flight Dynamics Modeling

Sponsor: Maryland Industrial Partnerships – MIPS (Ronnie Gist)
Collaborators: Paul Vasilescu (ADFS), Jewel Barlow (UMD)

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Optical Flow and Electroreception for Underwater Motion Coordination and Homing

Sponsor: ONR (Tom McKenna)
Collaborators: Derek Paley (UMD), Tim Curtis (DeepQuest Engineering)

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Biologically Inspired Hazard Detection and Collision Avoidance for the LIIVE - Low Design-Impact Inspection Vehicle

Sponsor: NRL (Glen Henshaw)
Collaborators: Jim Paduano (Aurora Flight Sciences), Dave Miller (MIT)

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Autonomous Flight of a Robotic Samara Micro-Air-Vehicle and Control Model for Robotic Samara

Sponser: MURI (ARO)
Collaborators: Dean Darryll Pines (PI), Evan Ulrich, Sean Humbert

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MEMS Setae for Bio-Inspired Wind and Lift Sensing

Sponser: ARL (Ed Measure)
Collaborators: Jim Paduano (Aurora Flight Sciences)

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