Our research interests lie in the broad areas of animal aerial locomotion and biologically inspired micro air vehicles, which continuously spawn a treasure trove of scientific problems and inspirations for engineering design across multiple disciplines in engineering, physics and biology.

We focus on unifying theories and experiments from engineering and biology to investigate the complex flight systems of insects and birds, which encompass many complex physical and biological processes that are poorly understood. These processes, from unsteady fluid flow and vibrating biomechanical flight apparatus to the behavior of nonlinear systems and fast neural processing,  are packaged into the miniature flying machines designed by nature, which are so commonplace and may escape our attention.








Biological & Robotic Intelligent Fluid Locomotion (BioRob-InFL) Lab 

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

011-013 Reber Building, University Park, PA



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BioRob-InFL Lab

                                                          Biological & Robotic Intelligent Fluid Locomotion 


- Bo Cheng receives NSF CAREER grant to study insect flight mechanics and control  (01/2016)

- Bo Cheng receives DURIP grant to develop robotic platforms in the lab (01/2016)

- Neel Thakur and Magdalena Nevett both recive REU support from Penn State's CERI program (05/2016)

- Phil Hsu recives Kulakowski travel award to present his work at DSCC 2016 (06/2016)

- Our lab featured in TV show "SciTech Now" by WPSU (a PBS/NPR Member Station serving central Pennsylvania) (08/2017)

Lab News

- Our lab hosted lab tours for Bug Camp for Kids (06/2016 and 06/2017).

Graduate students Long Chen, Yağız Efe Bayız and Nate Werner explaining to campers how dynamically-scaled robotic insect wing works.

- Graduate students Hojae Chung and Nate Werner successfully completed their Master thesis and paper, respectively.

(05/2017 and 07/2017)

- Bo Cheng receives a NSF grant to study the vision-guided perching stragety in small flying robots, inspired by those observed in biological fliers (in collaboration with Dr. Jianguo Zhao at Colorado State) (08/2018)

- Locomotion Biomechanics and Control (LBC) Lab has been renamed to Biological and Robotic Intelligent Fluid Locomotion (BioRob-INFL) Lab. The lab is also moved to 011-013 Reber Building (01/2018)

- See our recent work on using machine learning to optimize the flapping patterns of a robotic insect wing (ICRA 2018)