Bioinspiration and emerging actuator technologies

Maki K. Habib, Keigo Watanabe, Fusaomi Nagata

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Biological systems in nature went through long evolution process that led to highly effective and efficient systems with excellent performance. Biomimetics is an interdisciplinary scientific research focuses on making nature as new sources of inspiration to study, analyze and design of creative and efficient engineering systems supported by innovative technologies. Smart materials are the foundation supporting the development of creative bioinspiration. Wide ranges of biologically inspired systems have been developed. However, engineering such as biomimetic intelligent creatures was hampered by physical and technological constraints, and it is still a challenge. Actuators are essential elements within mechatronical systems due to their important role in motion control systems and hence there is a need to develop new trend of actuators that can be inspired from biological actuation systems in nature associated with different levels of control. Making intelligent creatures that are actuated by biologically inspired modern actuators and artificial muscles would create new reality with great potentials. This paper provides the concept of biomimetic as an interdisciplinary field, discusses the enabling technologies, and presents the main development and bioinspired and emerging actuator technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-196
Number of pages6
JournalArtificial Life and Robotics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Artificial muscles
  • Bioinspiration
  • Biomimetic
  • Intelligent creature
  • Modern actuators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Artificial Intelligence


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