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RoboTerp II: Improved Design Inspired by Diamondback Terrapin

This video shows RoboTerp II, an extension to RoboTerp, a compliance assisted amphibious robot. While, the walking gaits are similar, RoboTerp II uses a better swimming design that takes inspiration from the Diamondback Terrapin. Its splash-free swimming and turtle-like shell allow this robotic creature to blend in and travel without disturbing wild life.

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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.


Robot videos

The tiny robots built in Sarah Bergbreiter's microrobotics lab are featured in a film from the National Science Foundation's Science Nation video series.
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Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Miniature Robotics
Are you an undergraduate student interested in micro robotics? Come, learn more about our REU program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation!

Master of Engineering in Robotics
Learn more about this new degree from the Clark School of Engineering

Robotics News

University of Maryland Opens Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site in Southern Maryland More»

Bergbreiter to attend NAE U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium More»

Bruck Named SEM Fellow More»

Clark School Faculty Promotions Announced More»

Greg Krummel wins Outstanding Research Award for Robo Crab More»

Upcoming Events

August 25, 2014 10:00 a.m.
Introduction to Lattice-Based Cryptography More»

September 23, 2014 7:00 a.m.
Wide Band Gap Workshop More»

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