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Robotics Research
  This research is aimed at developing instrumentation enabling high throughput screening of Drosophila for abnormal locomotor function. Initial efforts are focus on tracking and analyzing patterns of fly movement in two dimensions (e.g. walking).
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  The Robotable's objectives are to enhance distance and in-situ learning with emphasis on engineering education. Using the Internet and new technologies, such as tangible interface devices, more effective interactions are possible. The goal is to offer a compelling user experience, which will engage teachers and students around the world.
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  This research is aimed at developing an autonomous underwater robot that mimics the movement of a manta ray. A manta is an incredibly efficient swimmer, able to swim long distances using low frequency wing flapping. The manta is also highly maneuverable in close quarters and capable of jumping out of the water.
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  This research focuses on developing a robot to imitate the proleg gripping of the tobacco hornworm. The project is currently concerned with measuring the caterpillar's gripping forces, and then creating an electro-mechanical system to mimic them. It will ultimately be integrated into a more complex biomimetic system to replicate its entire walking motion.
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  Imagine being able to move objects around a table, have a computer determine the type and position of those objects, and have viewers across the world then see representations of those objects just as you do.
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  The design of an unmanned educational exhibit to teach basic principles of robotics and engineering in a science museum setting. This project encompasses the contruction of a working prototype and visitor testing to determine final design of component pieces.
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  This research project focuses on developing a robotic end effector with the ability to unlatch door knobs and door handles. This robotic end effector is able to grip and turn door knobs and door handles so that a robot can push the door open.
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