2019 Mechanical Biomimetics

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Graduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Tanaka Hiroto 
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Course description and aims

Biomimetics is the concept of understanding the structure of organisms and the functions and principles of systems to reconfigure them artificially in order to solve complex problems of human society and technology. This academic discipline requires interdisciplinary knowledge spanning biology, mechanical engineering, chemistry, and sociology. The instructor in this course explains the mechanical engineering aspect of biomimetics using specific research cases. The instructor will especially focus on micro- and nano-scale tiny structures centered on insects to explain typical biological structures, principles, measuring devices, and production techniques.

Student learning outcomes

Through this course, students will acquire diverse biological and engineering knowledge required for mechanical biomimetics at an introductory level.


Biomimetics, Biomechanics, Robotics, Micro fabrication

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

Classroom lecture using PowerPoint slides

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of Biomimetics Will be instructed in each lecture
Class 2 Flying I
Class 3 Flying II
Class 4 Swimming
Class 5 Adhesion and anti-adhesion
Class 6 Micro/nano biomimetic surface
Class 7 Mechanical and optical sensors I
Class 8 Mechanical and optical sensors II



Reference books, course materials, etc.

A. Azuma, The Biokinetics of Flying and Swimming Second Edition, AIAA, 2006.
Other references will be introduced in the course.

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluated by on-site reports and final report.

Related courses

  • MEC.L331 : Basic Bioengineering
  • MEC.J331 : Fundamentals of Micro and Nano Machining
  • MEC.F531 : Flying Object Engineering

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Associate Professor Hiroto Tanaka

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