A Soft Pneumatic Maggot Robot

  • Tianqi WeiEmail author
  • Adam Stokes
  • Barbara Webb
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9793)


Drosophila melanogaster has been studied to gain insight into relationships between neural circuits and learning behaviour. To test models of their neural circuits, a robot that mimics D. melanogaster larvae has been designed. The robot is made from silicone by casting in 3D printed moulds with a pattern simplified from the larval muscle system. The pattern forms air chambers that function as pneumatic muscles to actuate the robot. A pneumatic control system has been designed to enable control of the multiple degrees of freedom. With the flexible body and multiple degrees of freedom, the robot has the potential to resemble motions of D. melanogaster larvae, although it remains difficult to obtain accurate control of deformation.


Body Wall Longitudinal Muscle Body Segment Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Solenoid Valve 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Informatics, Institute of Perception, Action and BehaviourUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.School of Engineering, Scottish Microelectronics CentreUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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