Engineers Have Big Plans For The Ultimate Robotic Fish
Apr 26, 2015
Since he was a boy, in his native country Italy, he was fascinated with animal behavior. Now, he's applying that interest to creating lifelike (biomimetic) animal robots that could help condition animal behavior in the wild. Predator fish robots could scare other fish from chemical spills or turbines, while "friendly" fish robots could help lead schools of fish to more desirable areas. Additionally, robot animals can help drastically reduce the number of live animals used in lab studies.
The interaction between science and nature has been quite productive, but so far that exchange has benefited humans rather one-sidedly. Maurizio Porfiri, a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, is working on a way to have science give back to nature.