Experimental Robotics pp 451-460

Part of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics book series (STAR, volume 39)

Real-Time Microforce Sensors and High Speed Vision System for Insect Flight Control Analysis

  • Chauncey F. Graetzel
  • Steven N. Fry
  • Felix Beyeler
  • Yu Sun
  • Bradley J. Nelson

Summary

In this paper, we show how ”bio-inspired” robotics can benefit from a more generalized approach than case-by-case emulation. This generalization is obtained by investigating the design constraints found in biological organisms using a reverse-engineering approach. To achieve this, we have developed two novel technologies that are well suited to analyze the biomechanics and neural control in insect flight. First, we present a micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) force sensor for measuring flight forces. Second, we describe a 6000Hz high speed vision system for characterizing wing kinematics in real time. Finally, we integrate these technologies within a tethered flight ”simulator” for open and closed-loop investigations of sensory-motor pathways. Initial results are presented and future research perspectives are discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chauncey F. Graetzel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Steven N. Fry
    • 2
  • Felix Beyeler
    • 1
  • Yu Sun
    • 3
  • Bradley J. Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich, 8092 ZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Neuroinformatics, ETH/UNI Zurich, 8057 ZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Advanced Micro and Nanosystems LaboratoryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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