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Bioinspired, Dynamic, Structured Surfaces for Biofilm Prevention
Bacteria primarily exist in robust, surface-associated communities known as biofilms, ubiquitous in both natural and anthropogenic environments. Mature biofilms resist a wide range of biocidal treatments and pose persistent ...
Design and Performance of Insect-Scale Flapping-Wing Vehicles
Micro-air vehicles (MAVs)—small versions of full-scale aircraft—are the product of a continued path of miniaturization which extends across many fields of engineering. Increasingly, MAVs approach the scale of small birds, ...
Roll, Pitch and Yaw Torque Control for a Robotic Bee
In the last decade, the robotics community has pushed to develop increasingly small, autonomous flapping-wing robotic vehicles for a variety of civilian and military applications. The miniaturization of these vehicles has ...
Soft Active Materials for Actuation, Sensing, and Electronics
Future generations of robots, electronics, and assistive medical devices will include systems that are soft and elastically deformable, allowing them to adapt their morphology in unstructured environments. This will require ...
Robotic Catheters for Beating Heart Surgery
Compliant and flexible cardiac catheters provide direct access to the inside of the heart via the vascular system without requiring clinicians to stop the heart or open the chest. However, the fast motion of the intracardiac ...