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  
  1 Superelongation of Liquid Metal, Advanced Science, 2105289, 2022        
  2. A Liquid Metal Artificial Muscle, Advanced Materials, 33 (43), 2103062, 2021     Soft Robots  
  3. Light-controlled Versatile Manipulation of Liquid Metal Droplets: a Gateway to Future Liquid Robots, Materials Horizons 8 (11), 3063-3071, 2021 (Back Cover)     Legged Robots  
  Liquid Metal Robots
  4. Modeling and Motion Control of a Soft SMA Planar Actuator, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics 27(2):916-927, 2021      
  5. A Bionic Soft Tongue Driven by Shape Memory Alloy and Pneumatics, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 16 (5), 055008, 2021     Smart Materials (SMA/MRF/MRE...)  
  6. Liquid Metal Motor, iScience, 24 (1), 101911, 2021      
  7. A Robot Boat Powered by Liquid Metal Engines, Advanced Materials Technologies, 6 (1), 2000840, 2021        
  8. Development of a Biomimetic Scallop Robot Capable of Jet Propulsion, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 15(3): 036008, 2020        
  9. Liquid Metal Droplet Robot, Applied Materials Today Volume 19, 100597, 2020        
  10. Modelling and Motion Control of a Liquid Metal Droplet in a Fluidic Channel, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics 25(2): 942-950, 2020        
  11. Magnetically- and Electrically-Controllable Functional Liquid Metal Droplets, Advanced Materials Technologies, 1800694, 2019 (Best of Advanced Materials Technologies 2019)        
  12. A Controllable Untethered Vehicle Driven by Electrically Actuated Liquid Metal Droplets, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics 15(5): 2535-2543, 2019        
  13. Design and Implementation of a Soft Robotic Arm Driven by SMA Coils, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 66(8): 6108-6116, 2019        
  14. A Wheeled Robot Driven by a Liquid Metal Droplet, Advanced Materials Volume 30, Issue 51, 1805039, 2018 (Top 10 Annual Research Achievement Award in Annual Conference of China Robot Industry, 2019.)        
  15. Design and Modelling Analysis of a Changeable Stiffness Robotic Leg Working with Magnetorheological Technology, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures Vol. 29 (19): 3725-3736, 2018        
  16. Unconventional Locomotion of Liquid Metal Droplets Driven by Magnetic Fields, Soft Matter, 14, 7113-7118, 2018        
  17. On a CPG-based Hexapod Robot: AmphiHex-II with Variable Stiffness Legs, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. 23(2):542-551, 2018        
  18. A Dual Caudal-fin Miniature Robotic Fish with an Integrated Oscillation and Jet Propulsive Mechanism, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 13 (3), 036007, 2018        
  19. A Torsional MRE Joint for a C-shaped Robotic Leg. Smart Materials and Structures 26(1): 015002, 2017        
  20. Development of a Bio-inspired Transformable Robotic Fin. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 11(5):056010, 2016        
  21. Theoretical and Experimental Study on a Compliant Flipper-leg During Terrestrial Locomotion. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 11(5):056005, 2016        
  22. A Highly Adaptive Magnetorheological Fluid Robotic Leg for Efficient Terrestrial Locomotion. Smart Materials and Structures 25(9):095019, 2016 ( Featured Article of 2016)        
  23. Design and Control of an Agile Robotic Fish with Integrative Biomimetic Mechanisms. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. 21(4): 1846-1857, 2016        
  24. AmphiHex-I: Locomotory Performance in Amphibious Environments with Specially Designed Transformable Flipper-legs. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.21(3):1720-1731, 2016        
  25. Performance Study on a Novel Variable Area Robotic Fin. Mechatronics. Vo.32, P. 59–66, December 2015        
  26. Dynamic Characteristics of Planar Bending Actuator Embedded with Shape Memory Alloy. Mechatronics. Vol.25 pp.18-26, 2015        
  27. Design and Implementation of a Lightweight Bio-Inspired Pectoral Fin with Complex Motions. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. Vol. 19(6), 1773-1785, 2014        
  28. 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)        
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