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Development of a Bio-inspired Robotics Course

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Mechanical Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Mechanical Engineering

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Hamid Vejdani Lawrence Technological University Orcid 16x16

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Hamid Vejdani, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. His research interests include dynamical modeling, control and robotics.

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In this paper, the development of a new senior level course and its outcome results are presented. This course was offered during spring 2018 at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) for senior level undergraduate and graduate students. The course entitled “ Bio-inspired robotics” and was offered as a tech-elective course for our undergraduate students in mechanical engineering department and robotics engineering. The course focused on legged locomotion in nature and its development to robotics engineering. The theme of the course was project-based and we had two groups of six students. For each team, the project was to design, build and control a bio-inspired legged robot (a legged robot that is inspired from nature). One group chose hexapod cockroach inspired robot (also known as Rhex) and another group chose Kangaroo-inspired robot. The class activities and the homework assignments were centered towards the recent papers and researchers related to the design and control of these robots through the whole semester. MATLAB simulation and development of control algorithms were introduced in the class through researching the related papers. At the end of the semester, we had two full legged robots with each group preparing a paper to explain the process for the design. Through the success of the Kangaroo-inspired robot, the robot was presented in a related conference (Dynamic Walking 2018) and motivated the students to conduct more research in this field.

Vejdani, H. (2019, June), Development of a Bio-inspired Robotics Course Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32647

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