Student working on a research project.

Fish Inspired Robot Design


In nature, fish are known for their advanced swimming capabilities and have been shown to demonstrate excellent agility, maneuverability, and efficiency. While there are a number of robotic systems that have been developed to accurately mimic the locomotion and form of fish, there are few tested systems that are designed for exploration/utility. In order to apply the biomechanics of fish swimming to an exploratory robotic system, this project aims to develop and test a new fish-inspired robot that minimizes undesirable inertial recoil found in traditional fish swimming, while being capable of achieving high speeds and efficiency.

Student researchers will work closely with a post-doc that has experience in both the biomechanics and hydrodynamics of fish swimming, and has developed several bio-inspired robotic systems in the past. The post-doc will be providing direction and support to the undergraduate students to ensure the project’s success. This is an opportunity for students to gain hands on design experience developing a unique and innovative system. Based on their performance/contributions they may be include in patent or as an author in journal publication.

Research Position 1: Mechatronics specialist (looking for 3 students)

The mechatronics specialist will be responsible for implementing/programming micro controllers and interfacing them with basic actuators (servomotors, brushless DC motors, stepper motors) and sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes, encoders)

Understanding of the basics of programming is required (experience with C or Arduino preferred but not required). Experience working with microcontrollers is desired by not required

Research Position 2: Design specialist (looking for 3 students)

The design specialist will be responsible for design and manufacture of basic structural components as well as mechanical linkages/gearing to produce swimming motion. Most manufacture will be done using additive manufacturing and CNC technologies. Students will have access to Lab 3D printer for manufacture of basic components.

Experience with basic manufacturing methods required.

Volunteers for will be accepted for Fall 2017 and academic credit can be given in Spring 2018

Research Project Information

Student Skill-Set Needed: Ability to work in a team is paramount, Able to conduct research/learn independently, Strong writing skills (semi regular report and presentation will be required)
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Javid Bayandor
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering