Maurizio Follador

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The octopus is a marine animal whose body has no rigid structures. It has eight arms composed of a peculiar muscular structure, named a muscular hydrostat. The octopus arms provide it with both locomotion and grasping capabilities, thanks to the fact that their stiffness can change over a wide range and can be controlled through combined contractions of the(More)
In the presented paper the realization of an artificial functional unit of muscular hydrostat inspired by the octopus is shown. The octopus has been chosen because it shows high manipulation capabilities and dexterity without a skeletal support, thus it is a good example of Embodied Intelligence. Inspiration from Nature concerns the features that are(More)
The octopus is a marine animal whose body has no rigid structures. It has eight arms mainly composed of muscles organized in a peculiar structure, named muscular hydrostat, that can change stiffness and that is used as a sort of a modifiable skeleton. Furthermore, the morphology of the arms and the mechanical characteristics of their tissues are such that(More)
Soft robotics requires technologies that are capable of generating forces even though the bodies are composed of very light, flexible and soft elements. A soft actuation mechanism was developed in this work, taking inspiration from the arm of the Octopus vulgaris, specifically from the muscular hydrostat which represents its constitutive muscular structure.(More)
This paper illustrates a robotic approach to the study of the Octopus vulgaris arm. On the base of the embodied intelligence theory, a study on the interaction among materials, mechanisms and actuation systems has been conducted. Starting from the observation of the performances of the octopus and drawing inspiration by its functional anatomy, several(More)
Continuum structures with a very high or infinite number of degrees of freedom (DOF) are very interesting structures in nature. Mimicking this kind of structures artificially is challenging due to the high number of required DOF. This paper presents a kinematic and dynamic model for an underwater robotic manipulator inspired by Octopus vulgaris. Then, a(More)
Suction cups are often found in nature as attachment strategy in water. Nevertheless, the application of the artificial counterpart is limited by the dimension of the actuators and their usability in wet conditions. A novel design for the development of a suction cup inspired by octopus suckers is presented. The main focus of this research was on the(More)
Octopus show great adhesion capabilities thanks to their suckers covering their ventral side of their arms. Starting from biological investigation, we identified preliminary specifications for the design of innovative artificial suction cups, which could be used in the field of soft robotics. The main features of the biological sucker are maintained as(More)
This paper examines the design and control of a robotic arm inspired by the anatomy and neurophysiology of Octopus vulgaris in light of embodiment theory. Embodiment in an animal is defined as the dynamic coupling between sensorymotor control, anatomy, materials, and the environment that allows for the animal to achieve effective behaviour. Octopuses in(More)
Octopus suckers are able to attach to all nonporous surfaces and generate a very strong attachment force. The well-known attachment features of this animal result from the softness of the sucker tissues and the surface morphology of the portion of the sucker that is in contact with objects or substrates. Unlike artificial suction cups, octopus suckers are(More)