Broad Area Colloquium For AI-Geometry-Graphics-Robotics-Vision
Challenges for Effective MilliRobots
Prof. Ron Fearing
Dept. of EECS
Univ. of California, Berkeley
October 9, 2006, 4:15PM
Centimeter-scale robots will create the opportunity to manipulate,
sense and explore a wide range of environments with greatly reduced
cost and expanded capabilities. In many applications, the capability
of millirobots depends on mobility, multiplicity, and intelligence.
For macroscale intelligence, sensing, computation, and control
capabilities are available off the shelf. However, at the centimeter
and smaller scale, we have found in several cases that ``intelligent''
behavior, is not obtainable from algorithms, but arises from the
The mesoscopic range between MEMS and conventional robots provides a
new domain with rich challenges. There are advantages to this size
scale for novel low-cost fabrication methods, including rapid
prototyping of millirobots from kits of parts. This talk will provide
an overview for some of the key challenges in millirobots, illustrated
by examples in legged and winged millirobots.
About the Speaker
Ronald Fearing is a professor in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Sciences at Univ. of California, Berkeley, which he
joined in Jan. 1988. His current research interests are in micro
robotics, including flying micro-robots, micro-assembly, parallel
nano-grasping, and rapid prototyping. He has worked in tactile
sensing, teletaction, and dextrous manipulation. He has a PhD from
Stanford in EE (1988) and SB and SM in EECS from MIT (1983). He
received the Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1991, and is the
co-inventor on 4 US patents.
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