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Biomimetics, Robotics and Environmental Sensing

We use interdisciplinary methods that harness the power of rapidly evolving technology to engineer solutions to anthropogenic and ecological problems.

Our longstanding biomimetics program has been working at the intersection of neuroscience, engineering and robotics to create robots modeled after marine and terrestrial organisms for decades. More recently, we’ve begun employing robotic and other remote sensing technologies to monitor environmental and biological processes in the rapidly changing marine environment.

We have instruments designed to monitor environmental stress in coastal mussel beds deployed at sites worldwide. The technologies we develop are designed to expand the boundaries and capabilities of science, performing tasks that we as humans cannot: from deactivating underwater mines, to recording climate data every fraction of a second, to collecting environmental data at vast ocean depths.

Related Faculty:

Joseph Ayers
R. Edward Beighley
Loretta Fernandez
Jerome Hajjar
Brian Helmuth
Amy Mueller
Mark Patterson