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.
Through this course, students will acquire diverse biological and engineering knowledge required for mechanical biomimetics at an introductory level.
Biomimetics, Biomechanics, Robotics, Micro fabrication
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Classroom lecture using PowerPoint slides
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Overview of Biomimetics||Will be instructed in each lecture|
|Class 2||Flying I|
|Class 3||Flying II|
|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|
A. Azuma, The Biokinetics of Flying and Swimming Second Edition, AIAA, 2006.
Other references will be introduced in the course.
Evaluated by on-site reports and final report.
Associate Professor Hiroto Tanaka