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Graetzel, C F; Fry, S N; Beyeler, F; Sun, Y; Nelson, B J (2008). Real-time microforce sensors and high speed vision system for insect flight control analysis. In: Khatib, O; Kumar, V; Rus, D. Experimental Robotics : The 10th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics. Berlin, DE: Springer, 451-460.

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In this paper, we show how ”bio-inspired” robotics can benefit from a more generalized approach than case-by-case emulation. This generalization is obtained by investigating the design constraints found in biological organisms using a reverse-engineering approach. To achieve this, we have developed two novel technologies that are well suited to analyze the biomechanics and neural control in insect flight. First, we present a micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) force sensor for measuring flight forces. Second, we describe a 6000Hz high speed vision system for characterizing wing kinematics in real time. Finally, we integrate these technologies within a tethered flight ”simulator” for open and closed-loop investigations of sensory-motor pathways. Initial results are presented and future research perspectives are discussed.



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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Neuroinformatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Deposited On:07 Mar 2009 18:13
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:10
Series Name:Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics
ISSN:1610-7438 (Print), 1610-742X (Online)
ISBN:978-3-540-77457-0 (Online), 978-3-540-77456-3 (Print)
Publisher DOI:10.1007/978-3-540-77457-0_42

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