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 current projects are being funded by the Australian Research Council, the Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development and by industry including Boeing.
Superhuman place recognition with a unified model of human visual processing and rodent spatial memory
Australian Research Council Future Fellowship Scheme FT140101229
By modelling the behaviour of rats, we can create better algorithms to make cheaper robots.
An infinitely scalable learning and recognition network
By creating better neural networks, we can ensure that we don't need massive amounts of data or computation to make robots