Insect-inspired robots: Bridging biological and artificial systems

Poramate Manoonpong*, Luca Patanè*, Xiaofeng Xiong, Ilya Brodoline, Julien Dupeyroux, Stéphane Viollet, Paolo Arena*, Julien R. Serres*


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This review article aims to address common research questions in hexapod robotics. How can we build intelligent autonomous hexapod robots that can exploit their biomechanics, morphology, and computational systems, to achieve autonomy, adaptability, and energy efficiency comparable to small living creatures, such as insects? Are insects good models for building such intelligent hexapod robots because they are the only animals with six legs? This review article is divided into three main sections to address these questions, as well as to assist roboticists in identifying relevant and future directions in the field of hexapod robotics over the next decade. After an introduction in section (1), the sections will respectively cover the following three key areas: (2) biomechanics focused on the design of smart legs; (3) locomotion control; and (4) high-level cognition control. These interconnected and interdependent areas are all crucial to improving the level of performance of hexapod robotics in terms of energy efficiency, terrain adaptability, autonomy, and operational range. We will also discuss how the next generation of bioroboticists will be able to transfer knowledge from biology to robotics and vice versa.

Udgave nummer22
Antal sider43
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2021

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Funding Information:
This work was funded with the help of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in the framework of the MiMiC-ANT project subsidized by the PEPS INSIS 2020 ?Ing?nierie inspir?e par la nature? program. P.M. acknowledges support from the Human Frontier Science Program under grant agreement no. RGP0002/2017, from Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) research funding on Bio-inspired Robotics. X.X. acknowledges support from the Br?drene Hartmanns and Thomas B. Thriges under grant agreements A36775 and 7648-2106.

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© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


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