Ian D. Walker received the B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Hull, England, in 1983 and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 and 1989, respectively. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University. Professor Walker is a Fellow of the IEEE and an Associate Fellow of the AIAA. He served as Vice President for Financial Activities for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society from 2006-2009, and from 2006-2008 served as Chair of the AIAA Technical Committee on Space Automation and Robotics. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Soft Robotics. He has served on the Editorial Boards of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, the International Journal of Robotics and Automation, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, and the International Journal of Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing. Professor Walker’s research centers on robotics, particularly novel manipulators and manipulation. His group is conducting basic research in the construction, modeling, and application of biologically inspired “trunk, tentacle, and worm” robots.Next Generation Plant-Inspired Robots Exploiting Energy Harvesting
Next generation plant-inspired continuous backbone “continuum” robots
This talk will focus on next generation plant-inspired continuous backbone “continuum” robots. Using historical examples of soft and continuum robots, the ability to create and deploy such energy-efficient robots in unstructured environments, particularly in agriculture, will be discussed. Case studies of plant structures and their energy-harvesting strategies will be used to underline the potential of these robots.
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Future field robots will exploit structural and energy-harvesting principles observed in plants.