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Elephants, octopuses and robots

March 25, 2016
Ian D. Walker

Ian D. Walker

Ian D. Walker, a professor or electrical and computer engineering at Clemson University, will visit NIU at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, to talk on “Biologically Inspired Continuum Robots.”

Walker’s presentation will take place in Room 354 of the Engineering Building.

His research interests are in robotics, particularly novel manipulators and manipulation. His group is conducting basic research in the construction, modeling, and application of biologically inspired “trunk, tentacle and worm” robots.

This lecture will provide an overview of research at Clemson University over the past 15 years, in “tongue, trunk and tentacle” continuum robots. In particular, robots inspired by elephant trunks and octopus arms will be reviewed.

Use of these robots for novel grasping and environmental exploration will be discussed, and more recent work on continuum robots inspired by plants also will be covered.

For more information, call (815) 753-5008 or email [email protected].