A Soft Pneumatic Maggot Robot

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Drosophila melanogaster has been studied to gain insight into relationships between neural circuits and learning behaviour. To test models of their neural circuits, a robot that mimics D. melanogaster larvae has been designed. The robot is made from silicone by casting in 3D printed moulds with a pattern simplified from the larval muscle system. The pattern forms air chambers that function as pneumatic muscles to actuate the robot. A pneumatic control system has been designed to enable control of the multiple degrees of freedom. With the flexible body and multiple degrees of freedom, the robot has the potential to resemble motions of D. melanogaster larvae, although it remains difficult to obtain accurate control of deformation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomimetic and Biohybrid Systems
Subtitle of host publication5th International Conference, Living Machines 2016, Edinburgh, UK, July 19-22, 2016. Proceedings
EditorsNathan F. Lepora, Anna Mura, Michael Mangan, Paul F.M.J. Verschure, Marc Desmulliez, Tony J. Prescott
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-42417-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-42416-3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2016
Event5th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Jul 201622 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference5th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems
Abbreviated titleLiving Machines 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Body wall
  • Longitudinal Muscle
  • Body Segment
  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
  • Solenoid Valve


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