A miniature and low-cost robotic fish for ethorobotics research and engineering education I: Bioinspired design

Vladislav Kopman, Maurizio Porfiri

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

The development of underwater biomimetic robots has recently become an active research topic due to their stealth, performance, and maneuverability. In this two-part paper, we present the system design and characterization of a multipurpose, miniature, bioinspired low-cost robotic fish implemented in a fun-science activity for pre-high school students at the New York Aquarium; the activity is aimed at igniting K-12 students' interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to attract them toward engineering careers. The robot features a servomotor-actuated modular caudal fin for selection of swimming modality and thrust optimization. The thrust produced by various caudal fin geometries is experimentally quantified, reported, and discussed. In addition to its applications in K-12 education, this robotics platform is utilized for several robot-live fish interaction studies, where the effect of robot leadership in fish shoals is investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, DSCC 2011
Pages209-216
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
EventASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, DSCC 2011 - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: Oct 31 2011Nov 2 2011

Publication series

NameASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, DSCC 2011
Volume1

Other

OtherASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, DSCC 2011
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, VA
Period10/31/1111/2/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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