About this Research Topic
In bio-inspired robotics, the use of artificial muscles having tissue-like softness is a straightforward solution to create robots and their associated elements. There are various types of artificial muscles, and their diverse morphologies make them suitable for mimicking the functions and structures of living things. As represented by smart materials, some of these technologies provide not only actuation but also sensing and other functionalities, allowing the development of highly integrated systems. Coupled with the progress in soft robotics and stretchable electronics, the application of artificial muscles to bio-inspired robotics has been rapidly growing towards the realization of next-generation robotic systems.
This Research Topic aims to report the latest results related to the development of bio-inspired robots and robotic elements such as actuators and sensors using artificial muscles.
We welcome contributions on any aspects of this Research Topic including but not limited to:
• Bio-inspired robots using artificial muscles, such as those based on fluidic soft actuators, electroactive polymers, coiled polymers, piezoelectric materials, shape-memory materials, biohybrid actuators, etc.
• Bio-inspired actuation, sensing, and other functional abilities
• Bio-inspired materials and structures
• Modeling and analysis of those mentioned above
• Fabrication strategies
• Technologies that can potentially be applied to the development of bio-inspired systems
Keywords: Bioinspiration, Robots, Actuators, Sensors, Smart Materials
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