Ben Finio
Harvard: Robobees

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Robobees is a multidisciplinary project at Harvard University, headed by my Ph.D. thesis advisor, Prof. Rob Wood of the Microrobotics Lab. The goal of the project is to build an autonomous swarm of insect-sized robotic bees. The foundations of the project were laid during Prof. Wood’s time at the Berkeley Biomimetic Millisystems Lab as a graduate student working on the Micromechanical Flying Insect project. My work on the project during my Ph.D., from fall 2007 through spring 2012, focused on mechanical design of a mechanism for controlling body torques that would allow the vehicle to stabilize and maneuver. Details about my involvement can be found on my publications page, however work on the project is ongoing – for the most up-to-date information and publications, see the Microrobotics Lab’s publications page and YouTube channel.

Many of the pictures below are intended to show a sense of scale to convey the engineering challenges involved with building an electromechanical device this small. Many thanks to Eliza Grinnell for help with photography.

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