Bio-Inspired Robotics

Rats are one of the animals that we are able to computationally simulate

Bio-inspired robotics is the process of using real world examples to create robots that have the same effect. This involves both the mechanical process of their body and their behaviour patterns. Some really good examples of bio-inspired robotics is Spot from Boston Dynamics. Where researchers have been modelling the dynamics of a cheetah and other four legged animals to try to recreate it to make a dynamic robot.

QUT leads a number of biologically-inspired robotics projects, ranging from modelling of the neural processes in animal and human brains underlying navigation, to modelling the behaviour of animals such as ants, rodents and birds in flight. By modelling these creatures, we are able to lead the way to better and more dynamic robots.

The projects are funded by the Australian Research Council, the Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (US Air Force) and Defence Science Technology Australia.