Programs & Events

Science Cafe: Remote Controlled Cockroaches

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Science Talks
Mar. 20, 2014 | Thursday, 7:00pm
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Discussion begins at 7pm followed by Q&A
Location: Nature Research Center - The Daily Planet Café

biobot - Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Remote Controlled Cockroaches for Environmental Sensing and Search-and-Rescue

Present day technology falls short of offering centimeter-scale mobile robots that can function effectively under unknown and dynamic environmental conditions. Insects, on the other hand, exhibit an unmatched ability to navigate through a wide variety of environments. In this Science Café, Dr. Alper Bozkurt will explain how he and other scientists at NC State’s iBionicS Lab are using neural stimulation systems to wirelessly navigate cockroaches – effectively creating “biobots” that can potentially assist humans in environmental sensing and search-and-rescue applications, from pinpointing hazardous material to finding earthquake victims. 

About the Speaker

Dr. Alper Bozkurt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University, as well as founder and director of the Integrated Bionic MicroSystems Laboratory (iBionicS Lab), which is focused on developing novel neural engineering methodologies to interface artificial systems with biological organisms and ultimately producing the next generation bionic cyber-physical systems. His recent achievements with cockroach biobots were covered by several media agencies including CNN, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Reuters. He also worked as an official consultant for the Disney movie “G-Force” produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. 

Rescheduled from February 13 due to the inclement weather