Student working on a research project.

Fish Inspired Robot With Reduced Inertial Recoil

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.

Individuals will work closely with a CRASH Lab 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 invaluable hands on design experience developing a unique and innovative system.

Research Project Information

Student Skill-Set Needed: Mechatronics, programming, 3D printing, and/or CAD experience
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