With his students and collaborators, John Long designs, builds, and uses biorobots. Biorobots are a special class of robot built to test ideas about how animals work.
John has helped create these biorobots: MARMT, RayBot, Robot Madeleine, and Tadro.
These robots were built with our industrial partners:
Nekton Research (now the maritime division of iRobot, Inc.) built Robot Madeleine for our experiments on the evolution of flippered locomotion. Here, in a segment that was produced for Australian Broadcast Network’s “Beyond Tomorrow,” Madeleine swims in both remote control mode (with the cable attached) and autonomous mode (without a cable, on her own). –>