The Buzz S2, E4: How are animals inspiring robotics?
The Buzz podcast 30th April 2021
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a… robot?
A giant robotic hawk or, say, a huge metal crab might sound like something from a sci-fi film, but the world of animal robotics is very much alive and kicking – and jumping, flying, even swimming.
But why are these robots being created? And why are scientists and researchers drawing inspiration from the animal kingdom?
To help us answer these questions we speak to Dr Ben Parslew of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. An expert in animal locomotion, unmanned aerial vehicles, robotics, biomechanics and more, Dr Parslew offers unique insight into this fascinating world, where nature and technology collide.
We discuss the different types of ‘animal robots’ already developed and the incredible work they’re able to do, as well as those in development – and the profound impact they could have on our future.
Let’s find out how – and why – animal robotics is taking flight…
Dr Ben Parslew
Find out more on some of the topics we discuss at the links below:
- WED2021: Engineering a better future at Manchester
- Prometheus Underground: Robotics team solves Network Rail cave puzzle
- This is engineering: Inspiring a diverse next generation
- Going out on a limb – could we one day grow back a lost hand?
- How Manchester is laying phantom limb pain to rest
- Newly discovered jumping spider is master of disguise
- Postgrads have a hand in future of bionic engineering