Flying Insects and Robots

  • Dario Floreano
  • Jean-Christophe Zufferey
  • Mandyam V. Srinivasan
  • Charlie Ellington

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Mandyam V. Srinivasan, Saul Thurrowgood, Dean Soccol
    Pages 15-28
  3. Nicolas Franceschini, Franck Ruffier, Julien Serres
    Pages 29-50
  4. Martin Egelhaaf, Roland Kern, Jens P. Lindemann, Elke Braun, Bart Geurten
    Pages 51-61
  5. J. Sean Humbert, Joseph K. Conroy, Craig W. Neely, Geoffrey Barrows
    Pages 63-71
  6. Jean-Christophe Zufferey, Antoine Beyeler, Dario Floreano
    Pages 73-86
  7. Jochen Zeil, Norbert Boeddeker, Wolfgang Stürzl
    Pages 87-100
  8. Rico Moeckel, Shih-Chii Liu
    Pages 101-114
  9. Hansjürgen Dahmen, Alain Millers, Hanspeter A. Mallot
    Pages 115-126
  10. Andreas Brückner, Jacques Duparré, Frank Wippermann, Peter Dannberg, Andreas Bräuer
    Pages 127-142
  11. W. Shyy, Y. Lian, S.K. Chimakurthi, J. Tang, C.E.S. Cesnik, B. Stanford et al.
    Pages 143-157
  12. Floris van Breugel, Zhi Ern Teoh, Hod Lipson
    Pages 171-184
  13. David Lentink, Stefan R. Jongerius, Nancy L. Bradshaw
    Pages 185-205
  14. Ronald S. Fearing, Robert J. Wood
    Pages 219-229
  15. Fritz-Olaf Lehmann
    Pages 231-246
  16. Richard J. Bachmann, Ravi Vaidyanathan, Frank J. Boria, James Pluta, Josh Kiihne, Brian K. Taylor et al.
    Pages 247-270
  17. Mirko Kovač, Jean-Christophe Zufferey, Dario Floreano
    Pages 271-284
  18. André Noth, Roland Siegwart
    Pages 285-297
  19. Adam Klaptocz, Jean-Daniel Nicoud
    Pages 299-316

About this book


Flying insects are intelligent micromachines capable of exquisite maneuvers in unpredictable environments. Understanding these systems advances our knowledge of flight control, sensor suites, and unsteady aerodynamics, which is of crucial interest to engineers developing intelligent flying robots or micro air vehicles (MAVs). The insights we gain when synthesizing bioinspired systems can in turn benefit the fields of neurophysiology, ethology and zoology by providing real-life tests of the proposed models.

This book was written by biologists and engineers leading the research in this crossdisciplinary field. It examines all aspects of the mechanics, technology and intelligence of insects and insectoids. After introductory-level overviews of flight control in insects, dedicated chapters focus on the development of autonomous flying systems using biological principles to sense their surroundings and autonomously navigate. A significant part of the book is dedicated to the mechanics and control of flapping wings both in insects and artificial systems. Finally hybrid locomotion, energy harvesting and manufacturing of small flying robots are covered. A particular feature of the book is the depth on realization topics such as control engineering, electronics, mechanics, optics, robotics and manufacturing.

This book will be of interest to academic and industrial researchers engaged with theory and engineering in the domains of aerial robotics, artificial intelligence, and entomology.


Aerodynamics Autonomous flying systems Bioinspired design Bioinspired systems Control engineering Energy harvesting Entomology Ethology Hybrid locomotion Insect flight Insectoids Insects Micro air vehicles Microgliders Micromachines Motion detection Neurophysiology Robots Visual homing Zoology

Editors and affiliations

  • Dario Floreano
    • 1
  • Jean-Christophe Zufferey
    • 2
  • Mandyam V. Srinivasan
    • 3
  • Charlie Ellington
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratory of Intelligent SystemsEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Laboratory of Intelligent SystemsEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Queensland Brain InstituteUniversity of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia
  4. 4.Dept. ZoologyUniversity CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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