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Maryland Robotics Center Receives NSF Funding for REU Site in Bioinspired Robotics

Maryland Robotics Center Receives NSF Funding for REU Site in Bioinspired Robotics

The Maryland Robotics Center (MRC) has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support 30 undergraduate researchers over the next three years as part of a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Bioinspired Robotics. The program is being led by Professors Hugh Bruck (ME/ISR) and Sarah Bergbreiter (ME/ISR), and applications are now being accepted for summer 2017 projects. 

Bioinspired robots, defined as robots that are inspired by natural systems like insects, birds, mammals and reptiles, have the potential to significantly enable or enhance capabilities in manufacturing, health care, reconnaissance, exploration, food safety and search and rescue. Because of their unique design, bioinspired robotics offer a truly interdisciplinary systems research challenge that encompasses biology, materials, mechanical design, control, sensors and actuators, power, electronics, and computer science among other topics. 

The REU program at Maryland will be offered starting summer 2017. Selected students will spend 10 weeks conducting research in bioinspired robotics that includes both application and fundamental research on topics involving, but not limited to, soft sensing, aerial vehicles, space robotics, miniature robotics and underwater robotics.

More details on proposed REU projects can be found here. This REU site follows on a successful three-year REU in miniature robotics also offered through the MRC.

REU awards are made based on students’ strong potential and motivation to perform bioinspired robotics research, academic preparation in their area of interest, letters of reference and interest in interacting with diverse mentors and peers in interdisciplinary research.

Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to participate. All qualified students are encouraged to apply. The application for the program opened on November 15, 2016, with a deadline of February 17, 2017.  Additional information about the program can be found here.

Link to program flyer [pdf]. 

November 15, 2016


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