Design of a biologically inspired running and climbing robotic lizard (2012–2015)

Within Australia frontier technologies is an area of national priority research. One example of such technology is the creation of automated robots capable of running or climbing up and down walls. These robots will have a number of practical and life saving applications. However, the ability of current robots to perform tasks, such as head down climbing, falls vastly short of the agility of lizards to perform similar tasks in nature. This project will measure biomechanics and forces of climbing lizards to determine the mechanisms lizards have developed to climb both head down and up. It will further examine bipedalism in lizards to determine how lizards swap between 2 and 4 legged locomotion, and the advantages of doing so within robotics
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Funded by:
Australian Research Council