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Friday, October 28, 2011

SLICE - Snake Locomotion in Challenging Environments

Kulko - A snake robot with tactile sensors
A four year project SLICE - snake robot locomotion in challenging environments started at the Norwegian Gemini Centre for Advanced Robotics in Januari 2011. The project will target methods for snake robot obstacle-aided locomotion, which has been an active field of research for some time now at NTNU/SINTEF. A snake arm robot is a robotic mechanism with a long and flexible body that can move like a biological snake. In a few years, such mechanisms will be used in search & rescue operations after earthquakes, in fire fighting operations, in pipe inspection tasks, and in subsea operations.
The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Experimental investigation of a control strategy for obstacle-aided locomotion. The snake robot is called Kulko and is covered by tactile force sensors. This video was developed as part of the ongoing research on snake robots at SINTEF and NTNU in Norway. 

The Gemini Center for Advanced Robotics was formed in 2007 by the Norwegian research organisation SINTEF and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to meet the growing need for a collective Norwegian research community within advanced robotic systems and solutions. The centre specializes in modeling, control and design of advanced robotic and production systems and has a strong focus on robotic inspection and maintenance solutions for the Norwegian offshore industry.

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