Robotics Student Seminar: Randy Ganye, "Metamaterial Enhancement to Robotic Navigation"

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
3:00 p.m.
1146 AV Williams
Ania Picard
301 405 4358

Robotics Student Seminar

Metamaterial Enhancement to Robotic Navigation – Bio-inspired Metamaterial SONAR

Randy Ganye

Ph.D. student, Sensors and Actuators Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: Prof. Miao Yu


SONAR has proven to be one of the main methods of realizing navigation and tracking tasks in robotic due to the plurality of advantages it has over other systems such as vision or GPS-based methods. For example, they demand comparatively small computing resources, signal processing, and power, as well as are able to work under severe conditions. It has remained a challenge, however, to develop highly performant SONAR-based systems with robot-optimized features like miniature size, lightweight, and even lower power consumption with uncompromised or even improved performance. Biological systems, however, hold the key to
unearthing such properties, since they contain highly developed and optimized acoustic organs and structures. In this talk, we explore the use of bio-inspired acoustic metamaterials to circumvent these issues and achieve a highly effective SONAR system suitable for robotic
applications. Key advantages provided by the acoustic metamaterial for SONAR-based
navigation will be discussed and demonstrated.

About the Robotics Student Seminars

The Robotics Student Seminars at the University of Maryland College Park are a student-run series of talks given by current robotics students.

The purpose of these talks is to:

  • Encourage interaction between Robotics students from different subfields;
  • Provide an opportunity for Robotics students to be aware of and possibly get involved in the research their peers are conducting;
  • Provide an opportunity for Robotics students to receive feedback on their current research;
  • Provide speaking opportunities for Robotics students.


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