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Revision as of 14:40, 15 May 2008

Part 1: project profile

Project name

ZOIDBERG - An autonomous bio-inspired robotic fish

Project short description

ZOIDBERG is a project about an autonomous bio-inspired RoboFish. The project's aim is to realize a bio-inspired fish actuated by a particular electroactive polymer (EAP) , ICPF (Ionic Conducting Polymer Film). The robot will be able to swim in autonomous way in response to different behaviours.

People involved

Project head

Prof.ssa Giuseppina Gini - User:GiuseppinaGini

Other Politecnico di Milano people

Ing. Paolo Belluco - User:PaoloBelluco

Students currently working on the project

Francesco Milli - User:FrancescoMilli

Maurizio Mercurio - User:MaurizioMercurio

Alessandro Nava - User:AlessandroNava

Laboratory work and risk analysis

Laboratory work for this project will be mainly performed at AIRLab/Lambrate. It will include significant amounts of mechanical work as well as of electrical and electronic activity. Potentially risky activities are the following:

  • Use of mechanical tools. Standard safety measures described in Safety norms will be followed.
  • Use of soldering iron. Standard safety measures described in Safety norms will be followed.
  • Use of high-voltage circuits. Special gloves and a current limiter will be used.
  • Robot testing. Standard safety measures described in Safety norms will be followed.

Part 2: project description

The project is composed by:

  • state of the art;
  • preliminary studies and sketches;
  • design notes and guidelines;
  • description and results of experiments;
  • useful internet links: Dr. Zoidberg

Our Nafion EAP experiments on YouTube

Preliminary part design

First test body shape


Developed test body


Propulsion test


Test circuit