Realities of Biologically Inspired Design with a Subterranean Digging Robot Example

R.G. Scott and R.C. Richardson (UK)


Biomimetic design, digging robot, talpa mole functional morphology.


The design of novel robotic systems is a complex and challenging practice. The evolutionary process in nature can be of aid to engineers who study the background biological literature relating to creatures with an ability that is required to be replicated. The potential benefits of biomimetic design have been shown by researchers for different areas of robotic locomotion. This work discusses the challenges spanning these two diverse research fields for the example application of a digging robot; a field of robotic locomotion yet to benefit from biological inspiration.

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