Multi-modal locomotion: from animal to application

R. J. Lock*, S. C. Burgess, R. Vaidyanathan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The majority of robotic vehicles that can be found today are bound to operations within a single media (i.e. land, air or water). This is very rarely the case when considering locomotive capabilities in natural systems. Utility for small robots often reflects the exact same problem domain as small animals, hence providing numerous avenues for biological inspiration. This paper begins to investigate the various modes of locomotion adopted by different genus groups in multiple media as an initial attempt to determine the compromise in ability adopted by the animals when achieving multi-modal locomotion. A review of current biologically inspired multi-modal robots is also presented. The primary aim of this research is to lay the foundation for a generation of vehicles capable of multi-modal locomotion, allowing ambulatory abilities in more than one media, surpassing current capabilities. By identifying and understanding when natural systems use specific locomotion mechanisms, when they opt for disparate mechanisms for each mode of locomotion rather than using a synergized singular mechanism, and how this affects their capability in each medium, similar combinations can be used as inspiration for future multi-modal biologically inspired robotic platforms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number011001
Number of pages18
JournalBioinspiration and Biomimetics
Volume9
Issue number1
Early online date16 Dec 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • TERRESTRIAL LOCOMOTION
  • GLAUCOMYS-SABRINUS
  • EVOLUTION
  • AERIAL
  • KINEMATICS
  • FLIGHT
  • ROBOT
  • SEABIRDS
  • SNAKES
  • COSTS

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