Modeling and Control of a Dragonfly-Like Robot

  • Micael S. CouceiroEmail author
  • N. M. Fonseca Ferreira
  • J. A. Tenreiro Machado
Part of the Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering book series (ISCA, volume 46)


Dragonflies demonstrate unique and superior flight performances than most of the other insect species and birds. They are equipped with two pairs of independently controlled wings granting an unmatchable flying performance and robustness. In this paper it is studied the dynamics of a dragonfly-inspired robot. The system performance is analyzed in terms of time response and robustness. The development of computational simulation based on the dynamics of the robotic dragonfly allows the test of different control algorithms. We study different movement, the dynamics and the level of dexterity in wing motion of the dragonfly. The results are positive for the construction of flying platforms that effectively mimic the kinematics and dynamics of dragonflies and potentially exhibit superior flight performance than existing flying platforms.


Computational Intelligence Thrust Force Defense Advance Research Project Agency Wing Area Defense Advance Research Project Agency 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Micael S. Couceiro
    • 1
    Email author
  • N. M. Fonseca Ferreira
    • 1
  • J. A. Tenreiro Machado
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Engineering of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.Institute of Engineering of PortoPortoPortugal

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