Biomimetic Principles and Design

A robotic tunafish swimming in a large tank.

Built to simulate the action of a fish, the RoboTuna was designed by engineers at MIT to see if a robot submarine could mimic the incredibly efficient way tuna swim. The metallic tuna proved to use less energy and to be more maneuverable than other robotic submarines. (Courtesy of Sam Ogden.)


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Fall 2013



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Biomimetics is based on the belief that nature, at least at times, is a good engineer. Biomimesis is the scientific method of learning new principles and processes based on systematic study, observation and experimentation with live animals and organisms. This Freshman Advising Seminar on the topic is a way for freshmen to explore some of MIT's richness and learn more about what they may want to study in later years.

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Michael Triantafyllou. 2.A35 Biomimetic Principles and Design. Fall 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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