Our Mission     Dr. Shiwu Zhang  
Developing an agile robot capable of overcoming various complex environments is expected for the emergent requirements in many areas such as biological study, resource exploration and disaster rescue. However, the current most bionic robots are far from duplicating the locomotion characteristics of animals, which also sets up an obstacle for their applications in engineering. Fortunately, nature has provided plenty of excellent samples to inspire us in the design of locomotion mechanisms. Moreover, incorporating effcient biomimetic mechanisms inspired by different animals into one biomimetic robot may lead to a considerable performance improvement. We aim to explore bioinspired and/or biomimetic mechanisms to improve the locomotory performance of the field robots and to understand how animals move so well in nature.
    Mechanics Building 2-314  
  Univ. of Sci. & Tech. of China  
  Hefei, Anhui, 230027 P.R.C  
  Email :swzhang@ustc.edu.cn  
    Current Research  
  本实验室聚焦于通过仿生方法提高复杂环境下机器人的移动能力,欢迎有志于机器人研究的学生或博后加入!     Underwater/Terrestrial/Amphibious Robots  
  Representative Publications     Variable Stiffness Mechanisms  
          Soft Robotics  
  1. A torsional MRE joint for a C-shaped robotic leg. Smart Materials and Structures 26(1): 015002, 2017 (IF 2.909)     Liquid Metal Driven Robots  
  2. Development of a bio-inspired transformable robotic fin. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 11(5):056010, 2016 (IF 2.939)     Smart Materials  
  3. Theoretical and experimental study on a compliant flipper-leg during terrestrial locomotion. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 11(5):056005, 2016 (IF 2.939)        
  4. A Highly Adaptive Magnetorheological Fluid Robotic Leg for Efficient Terrestrial Locomotion. Smart Materials and Structures 25(9):095019, 2016 (IF 2.909, Featured Article of 2016)        
  5. Design and Control of an Agile Robotic Fish with Integrative Biomimetic Mechanisms. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. 21(4): 1846-1857, 2016 (IF 4.357)        
  6. AmphiHex-I: Locomotory Performance in Amphibious Environments with Specially Designed Transformable Flipper-legs. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.21(3):1720-1731, 2016 (IF 4.357)        
  7. Performance Study on a Novel Variable Area Robotic Fin. Mechatronics. Vo.32, P. 59–66, December 2015 (IF 1.871)        
  8. Dynamic Characteristics of Planar Bending Actuator Embedded with Shape Memory Alloy. Mechatronics. Vol.25 pp.18-26, 2015(IF 1.871)        
  9. Design and Implementation of a Lightweight Bio-Inspired Pectoral Fin with Complex Motions. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. Vol. 19(6), 1773-1785, 2014 (IF 3.427)        
  10. A Novel Implementation of a Flexible Robotic Fin Actuated by Shape Memory Alloy. Journal of Bionic Engineering. vol 9(2) pp. 156-165, 2012 (TOP 5% High Cited)        
  11. Quasi-simultaneous multimodal imaging of cutaneous tissue oxygenation and perfusion. Journal of Biomedical Optics 20(12), 121307, 2015 (Cover Paper)        
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