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This paper describes a six-legged robot based on the features of an agile insect, the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana. The robot is designed with insect-like leg structure and placement, and actuators that mimic muscles. A test leg is also described that shows how sensory feedback can serve as the basis of the control system for the robot in order(More)
This paper outlines aspects of locomotor control in insects that may serve as the basis for the design of controllers for autonomous hexapod robots. Control of insect walking can be considered hierarchical and modular. The brain determines onset, direction, and speed of walking. Coordination is done locally in the ganglia that control leg movements.(More)
Dynamics simulation can play a critical role in the engineering of robotic control code, and there exist a variety of strategies both for building physical models and for interacting with these models. This paper presents an approach to dynamics simulation and controller interfacing for legged robots, and contrasts it to existing approaches. We describe(More)
SUMMARY We report the development of an underwater flow sensor that is based on biological inspiration – the biological lateral line sensors. The design, fabrication process and initial testing results for an artificial lateral line sensor are reported. The fabrication is based on a highly efficiently three-dimensional assembly process, used in conjunction(More)
This paper introduces a dynamics simulator designed to aid the development of control algorithms for biologically inspired robots. We describe the simulator and a two-tier framework for control code interfacing that allows control code to be written in a standard object-oriented language (C++), but encapsulates such code to produce modular, reusable,(More)
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