We would like to

  • Use biological inspiration to create novel, flexible manipulator structures that are inherently capable of morphing their state from completely soft to entirely articulated,
  • Create novel control strategies based on biological inspiration taken from octopus,
  • Embed distributed sensing (tactile as well as position) to enable cognitive development and intelligent control in a highly redundant manipulation device,
  • Advance learning and cognitive reasoning in a complete embodiment of a hyper-redundant manipulation system that experiences and learns from physical interactions with its environment,
  • Provide a practical solution to the important areas of minimally invasive surgery with great commercial potential and impact,
  • Bring together a multi-disciplinary team of scientific experts from engineering, biologists and medicine to progress a novel manipulation concept from an initial idea to a testable prototype.




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