Plenary Lecture

Thin Cable-like Continuum Robots for Remote Inspection

Professor Ian D. Walker
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Clemson University
E-mail: iwalker@g.clemson.edu

Abstract: This talk will provide an overview of research in long, thin, cable-like "tendril" continuum robots. In particular, robots inspired by octopus arms and plants (vines) will be reviewed. Use of these robots for inspection operations, targeted towards Space-based applications, will be discussed.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Ian D. Walker is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University. His research interests are in robotics, particularly novel manipulators and manipulation. His group is conducting basic research in the construction, modeling, and application of biologically inspired "trunk, tentacle, and worm" robots.

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