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To search and rescue in the rubble after a devastating earthquake, to travel along pathways deep inside the human body, or to repair an active nuclear device, continuum robots offer remarkable advantages. These robots which bend continuously, like an octopus tentacle, perform these tasks with more precision and skill than is currently possible. They can boldly go where no man has gone before, with more precision, more timeliness, and more flexibility than is possible with current generation devices.

The MSU robotics research group creates unique, agile continuum robots shaped by real-time execution of complex, cutting-edge models which accurately predict the shape of a continuum robot. We bridge the gap between theory and practice, focusing on the development of exciting new methods for our robotics to interact with and change the world around us.

For more information about this group, follow the links at the top of this page or send e-mail to robotics at ece dot msstate dot edu.

 

Measuring the shape of a prototype continuum robot enables testing and validation of models which calculate the robot's shape.