Awards and Recognitions
Research InterestsKathryn Daltorio’s robotics research is inspired by animal behaviors that exceed current robot capabilities. She has studied the locomotion of earthworms, decision-making in cockroaches, and climbing in geckos and insects. Her robots won autonomous lawn mowing competitions, were the first to climb vertically with gecko-inspired adhesives on simple feet, and provided platforms for testing hypotheses about animal locomotion and neurobiologically-inspired control. She and her students build a range of robotic prototypes that use fabrics, mechanical linkages, adhesives, servomotors and shape-memory alloy actuators, various sensors and cameras, soft and hard polymers, and modular 3D printed parts to explore new designs and control strategies. These provide test-beds for scalable neurobiologically-inspired control networks, abstract mathematical modeling and optimization, and other software tools. Her current goals are to (1) make robots even more capable of traversing through and working in diverse, unknown environments and (2) to better understand animals as model smart physical systems.
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News About Kathryn Daltorio
U.S. Department of Energy awards Case Western Reserve University researcher $2M to develop worm-like tool to install underground powerlines
A Case Western Reserve University engineering researcher was awarded $2 million in federal funding to develop a worm-inspired construction tool that can install underground powerlines. The funding is part of $34 million the U.S. Department of Energy is investing in 12 projects nationally to strengthen and modernize America’s aging power grid through the development of cost-effective, high-speed and safe undergrounding technologies.
Kathryn Daltorio among multiple winners from Case School of Engineering for prestigious National Science Foundation award; will support ongoing research.
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Discover more about Kathryn Daltorio's research that earned her a NSF CAREER award
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Kathryn Daltorio In the News
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering's Kathryn Daltorio discusses her research in robotics.