Alex E. Holness

Participant: PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium, 2014


Alex E. Holness
Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Institution: University of Maryland, College Park

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ABSTRACT

Transitional Behaviors of Flapping Wing Robots.

The goal of this work is address a significant scientific challenge preventing bird-inspired, flapping wing, robots from doing more than just flying. Specifically, their ability to transition from flying to walking, taking off, landing, and perching. These transition behaviors are required for bird-inspired robots to do simple maneuvers essential for autonomous operation. This is important when one considers the task of searching for survivors and inspecting the hundreds of thousands of damaged building—structures too dangerous for first responders. Generating transitionally behaviors will remove the need for a human operator to be in field for deployment, providing additional functionality to flapping wing robots that will make them competitive with small aircraft such as quadrotors and planes.

 

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

I attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a Meyerhoff Scholar studying Mechanical Engineering. I attained my BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2013. I am an alumnus of Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Maryland where I return on occasion to lend my time and experiences. My academic interests are robotics topics. I hope to develop a useful flapping wing flight platform and leverage my experiences with robotics at the University of Maryland, College Park to enhance science, technology, engineering and math STEM education.

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GENERAL SUMMARY OF GRADUATE RESEARCH

My goal is to address a significant scientific challenge preventing bird-inspired robots from doing more than just flying. Specifically, their ability to transition from flying to walking, taking off, landing, and perching. These transition behaviors are required for bird-inspired robots to do simple maneuvers essential for autonomous operation. This is important when one considers the task of searching for survivors and inspecting the hundreds of thousands of damaged building—structures too dangerous for first responders. Realizing my goal will enable researchers to make significant advances in aerial robots, enhance their usefulness and inspire the next generation by empowering STEM education such that the next generation will have tools that were not available for past disasters like the Japan Tsunami, Hurricane Sandy or 9/11.

 

SELECTED LIST OF PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

  1. Haptic controlled three degree-of-freedom microgripper system for assembly of detachable surface-micromachined MEMS
Author(s): Vijayasai, AP ; Sivakumar, G ; Mulsow, M ; Lacouture, S; Holness, A ; Dallas, TE Source: SENSORS AND ACTUATORS A-PHYSICAL Volume: 179 Pages: 328-336 DOI: 10.1016/j.sna.2012.03.035 Published: JUN 2012
  2. Haptic controlled three-axis MEMS gripper system
Author(s): Vijayasai, AP; Sivakumar, G; Mulsow, M; Lacouture, S; Holness, A; Dallas, TE Source: REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS Volume: 81 Issue: 10 Article Number: 105114 DOI: 10.1063/1.3499243 Published:OCT 2010
  3. Mesoscale to microscale controlled manipulation of microscale objects using MEMS based microgripper and haptic interface
Ashwin P. Vijayasai ; Ganapathy Sivakumar ; Matthew Mulsow ; Shelby Lacouture ; Alex Holness ; Tim E. Dallas Proc. SPIE 7593, Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems VIII, 75930J (February 17, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.842298
  4. Optical calibration for nanocalorimeter measurements
Author(s): Swaminathan, P ; Burke, BG; Holness, AE; Wilthan, B ;Hanssen, L; Weihs, TP; LaVan, DA Source: THERMOCHIMICA ACTA Volume: 522 Issue: 1-2 Special
Issue: SI Pages: 60-65 DOI: 10.1016/j.tca.2011.03.006 Published:AUG 10 2011

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3 Comments on “Alex E. Holness”

  1. July 10, 2014 at 11:14 AM #

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