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Scientists Create Sandfish Robot

May 10, 2011

A team led by Georgia Tech School of Physics Assistant Professor Daniel Goldman has conducted physics and robotics experiments and created computer simulations to better understand how objects move through complex environments, like the debris after a natural disaster. Using a robot they built that can penetrate and “swim” through granular material, they show that by varying the shape of the robot’s head or by tilting it up and down, they can control the robot’s vertical movement.

Credit: Georgia Tech