Get the Flash Player to see this rotator.
 


search


Robotics     UMD

Search robotics news archives

Bookmark and Share

logo




The University of Maryland (UMD) Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory (AVL) was featured in this month’s issue of The Accelerator, a monthly e-newsletter and blog published by the American Society for Engineering Education.

"Spotlight: The Benefits of Biomimicry" highlighted current research in the area of biologically inspired engineering. Taking cues from nature's creatures, like bees and termites, researchers are developing solutions to complex engineering challenges.

Researchers at AVL are currently working on a number of projects to improve flight for autonomous flying vehicles. As part of the project, MURI – AIRFOILS: Animal-Inspired Robust Flight with Outer and Inner Loop Strategies, researchers at the lab are observing bee behavior—in particular, how bees fly in windy conditions—to improve vehicles' ability to handle changing environmental conditions such as wind gusts and turbulence. The team's goal is to build micro- and nano-scale vehicles that could be used in disaster site exploration or observation and reconnaissance applications.

Learn more about AVL's biologically inspired autonomous vehicle research.

AVL is directed by Techno-Sciences Professor of Aerospace Engineering Innovation J. Sean Humbert and is a facility in UMD's Department of Aerospace Engineering.



Related Articles:
Robots learn kitchen skills by watching YouTube videos
Alum Dimitris Tsakiris improves propulsion of robotic octopus
Virtual Demonstrations and Crowdsourcing Could Lead Advancements in Autonomous Robots
Greg Krummel wins Outstanding Research Award for Robo Crab
S.K. Gupta interviewed for robotics story in The Economist
Bergbreiter wins Clark School MRI award
Robo Raven highlighted in children's magazine
Bergbreiter one of '25 women in robotics you need to know about'
Exaggerated gait allows limbless R2G2 robot to move quickly in confined spaces, rough terrain
Bruck, Smela, Yu receive NSF grant for compliant multifunctional robotic structures

March 27, 2014


«Previous Story  

 

 

Current Headlines

ARC Lab holds inaugural open house

Science, Technology and Society Program Students “Save” an Armory

UMD Hosts 3D Maryland Expert Group Meeting

UMD Robot Visits Whitehouse

Sarah Bergbreiter gives TED Talk on microrobotics

Robots learn kitchen skills by watching YouTube videos

UMD Online Engineering Programs Continue to Climb in Standings

Workshop on Geometry of Collective Behavior organized by P. S. Krishnaprasad

Alumnus Matteo Mischiati is lead author of sensorimotor control study in Nature

Paley Awarded 2014 E. Robert Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty

 
 
Back to top  
Clark School Home UMD Home ISR Home