Imperial College London

DrMirkoKovac

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Senior Lecturer
 
 
 
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326City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Chen Y, Wang H, Helbling EF, Jafferis NT, Zufferey R, Ong A, Ma K, Gravish N, Chirarattananon P, Kovac M, Wood RJet al., 2017, A biologically inspired, flapping-wing, hybrid aerial-aquatic microrobot, Science Robotics, Vol: 2, Pages: eaao5619-eaao5619

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Floreano D, Zufferey J-C, Klaptocz A, Germann J, Kovac Met al., 2017, Aerial Locomotion in Cluttered Environments, 15th International Symposium of Robotics Research (ISRR), Publisher: SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN, Pages: 21-39, ISSN: 1610-7438

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Sareh S, Siddall R, Alhinai T, Kovac Met al., 2017, Bio-inspired Soft Aerial Robots: Adaptive Morphology for High-Performance Flight, Soft Robotics Week - Trends, Applications and Challenges, Publisher: SPRINGER INT PUBLISHING AG, Pages: 65-74, ISSN: 2195-3562

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Siddall R, Kovac M, 2017, Fast Aquatic Escape With a Jet Thruster, IEEE-ASME TRANSACTIONS ON MECHATRONICS, Vol: 22, Pages: 217-226, ISSN: 1083-4435

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Kovac M, 2016, ROBOTICS. Learning from nature how to land aerial robots., Science, Vol: 352, Pages: 895-896

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Low KH, Hu T, Mohammed S, Tangorra J, Kovac Met al., 2015, Perspectives on biologically inspired hybrid and multi-modal locomotion PREFACE, BIOINSPIRATION & BIOMIMETICS, Vol: 10, ISSN: 1748-3182

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Siddall R, Kovac M, 2015, A Water Jet Thruster for an Aquatic Micro Air Vehicle, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Publisher: IEEE COMPUTER SOC, Pages: 3979-3985, ISSN: 1050-4729

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Vidyasagar A, Zufferey J-C, Floreano D, Kovac Met al., 2015, Performance analysis of jump-gliding locomotion for miniature robotics, BIOINSPIRATION & BIOMIMETICS, Vol: 10, ISSN: 1748-3182

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Hunt G, Mitzalis F, Alhinai T, Hooper PA, Kovac Met al., 2014, 3D Printing with Flying Robots, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 4493-4499, ISSN: 1050-4729

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Kovac M, 2014, The Bioinspiration Design Paradigm: A Perspective for Soft Robotics, SOFT ROBOTICS, Vol: 1, Pages: 28-37, ISSN: 2169-5172

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Siddall R, Kovac M, 2014, Launching the AquaMAV: bioinspired design for aerial-aquatic robotic platforms, BIOINSPIRATION & BIOMIMETICS, Vol: 9, ISSN: 1748-3182

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Crall JD, Kovac M, Cornwall M, Wood RJ, Pierce NE, Combes SAet al., 2013, Shaping up: Aerodynamics and evolution of butterfly wing planform, Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology (SICB), Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, Pages: E42-E42, ISSN: 1540-7063

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Wen L, Lauder G, Weaver JC, Kovac M, Wood RJet al., 2013, Hydrodynamics of Self-propelling Flexible Synthetic Shark Skin Membranes, Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology (SICB), Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, Pages: E223-E223, ISSN: 1540-7063

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Kovac M, Vogt D, Ithier D, Smith M, Wood Ret al., 2012, Aerodynamic evaluation of four butterfly species for the design of flapping-gliding robotic insects, 25th IEEE\RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 1102-1109, ISSN: 2153-0858

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Kovac M, Vogt D, Ithier D, Smith MJ, Wood RJet al., 2012, Experimental flight performance evaluation of forewing orientation in butterflies, Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology (SICB), Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, Pages: E96-E96, ISSN: 1540-7063

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Kovač M, Wassim-Hraiz, Fauria O, Zufferey JC, Floreano Det al., 2011, The locomotion capabilities of the EPFL jumpglider: A hybrid jumping and gliding robot, Pages: 2249-2250

Recent work suggests that wings can be used to prolong the jumps of miniature jumping robots. However, no functional miniature jumping robot has been presented so far that can successfully apply this hybrid locomotion principle. In this video publication, we present the locomotion capabilities of the 'EPFL jumpglider', a miniature robot that can prolong its jumps using steered hybrid jumping and gliding locomotion over varied terrain. For example, it can safely descend from elevated positions such as stairs and buildings and propagate on ground with small jumps. © 2011 IEEE.

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Kovač M, Wassim-Hraiz, Fauria O, Zufferey JC, Floreano Det al., 2011, The EPFL jumpglider: A hybrid jumping and gliding robot with rigid or folding wings, Pages: 1503-1508

Recent work suggests that wings can be used to prolong the jumps of miniature jumping robots. However, no functional miniature jumping robot has been presented so far that can successfully apply this hybrid locomotion principle. In this publication, we present the development and characterization of the 'EPFL jumpglider', a miniature robot that can prolong its jumps using steered hybrid jumping and gliding locomotion over varied terrain. For example, it can safely descend from elevated positions such as stairs and buildings and propagate on ground with small jumps. The publication presents a systematic evaluation of three biologically inspired wing folding mechanisms and a rigid wing design. Based on this evaluation, two wing designs are implemented and compared 1 . © 2011 IEEE.

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Kovac M, Schlegel M, Zufferey J-C, Floreano Det al., 2010, Steerable miniature jumping robot, AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS, Vol: 28, Pages: 295-306, ISSN: 0929-5593

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Kovac M, Schlegel M, Zufferey J-C, Floreano Det al., 2009, A Miniature Jumping Robot with Self-Recovery Capabilities, IEEE RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 583-588

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Kovač M, Germann J, Hürzeler C, Siegwart RY, Floreano Det al., 2009, A perching mechanism for micro aerial vehicles, Journal of Micro-Nano Mechatronics, Vol: 5, Pages: 77-91, ISSN: 1865-3928

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Kovac M, Fuchs M, Guignard A, Zufferey J-C, Floreano Det al., 2008, A miniature 7g jumping robot, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 373-378, ISSN: 1050-4729

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Kovac M, Guignard A, Nicoud J-D, Zufferey J-C, Floreano Det al., 2007, A 1.5g SMA-actuated microglider looking for the light, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 367-372, ISSN: 1050-4729

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Siddall RJD, Kovac M, Bioinspired Aerial-Aquatic Mobility for Miniature Robots, 2015 International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines

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Siddall RJD, Kovac M, Kennedy G, High Power Propulsion Strategies for Aquatic Take-off in Robotics, International Symposium on Robotics Research 2015, Publisher: Springer, ISSN: 1610-7438

The ability to move between air and water with miniature robots would allow distributedwater sampling and monitoring of a variety of unstructured marine environments,such as coral reefs and coastal areas. To enable such applications, we are developing anew class of aerial-aquatic robots, called Aquatic Micro Aerial Vehicles (AquaMAVs),capable of diving into the water and returning to flight. One of the main challenges inthe development of an AquaMAV is the provision of sufficient power density for take-offfrom the water. In this paper, we present a novel system for powerful, repeatable aquaticescape using acetylene explosions in a 34 gram water jet thruster, which expels watercollected from its environment as propellant. We overcome the miniaturisation problemsof combustible fuel control and storage by generating acetylene gas from solid calciumcarbide, which is reacted with enviromental water. The produced gas is then combusted inair in a valveless combustion chamber to produce over 20N of thrust, sufficient to propelsmall robots into the air from water. The system for producing combustible gases fromsolid fuels is a very compact means of gas storage, and can be applied to other forms ofpneumatic actuation and inflatable structure deployment.

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