Robotic Snakes May Fight Terror, Save Lives


January 15, 2003

Snake-like robots may soon fight terrorism, save lives, and make repairs on everything from battleship engines to the human body. Sound like science fiction? New research is bringing these incredible possibilities closer to reality. A leading researcher behind this endeavor is Howie Choset, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (ME) and ECE. His goal is to perfect what he calls the "snakebot." Choset's team is backed by a very interested party-the United States Navy's Office of Naval Research. The research branch has funded Choset's research since 1997, seeing promise in the application of snakebot technology to tasks as diverse as routine engine maintenance to diffusing bombs planted by terrorists.

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