Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Seminar


Bio-inspired Approaches for Effective Interactions with Granular and Aquatic Environments


Prof. Hamid Marvi


Arizona State University School for Engineering of Matter, Transport & Energy


Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 11:00:00 AM


Love Building, Room 109


Dr. David Hu


Locomotion emerges from effective interactions with aerial, aquatic, or terrestrial environments. In this talk, interactions of basilisk lizards and octopuses with their granular and aquatic environments will be discussed. First, a series of experiments that help us better understand basilisk lizard locomotion on dry and wet granular media will be presented. Particular attention will be paid to the strategy this animal uses to increase its speed on the saturated sand. Next, a basilisk-inspired robot capable of traversing granular terrains will be demonstrated. We will then transition to aquatic environments to explore octopus sucker control strategies when manipulating objects underwater. The long-term goal of these projects is to create a framework for design, rapid prototyping, and control of robust and autonomous bio-inspired robots.


Hamid Marvi is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University (2014-2015) and at Georgia Institute of Technology (2013-2014). He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2013. His work has been published in several scientific journals such as Science and PNAS and has received attention from popular media such as New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and BBC. He has also received several awards including Origins Project Faculty Research Award, KEEN Professorship, Sigma Xi Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, and Best ASME-DSCD Student Paper of the Year in Mechatronics. His research aims to study fundamental physics behind interactions of biological systems with their surrounding solid, granular, and fluidic environments. Utilizing biological insights derived from these studies, he would like to develop bio-inspired robotic systems for search and rescue, exploratory, and medical applications.


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