Featured Articles

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2014

2013

  • The Bioinspiration Design Paradigm: A Perspective for Soft Robotics, M. Kovac, Soft Robotics, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 28-37, 2013.
  • Shaping up: Aerodynamics and evolution of butterfly wing planform, J.D. Crall, M. Kovac, M. Cornwall, R.J. Wood, N.E. Pierce, S.E. Combes, Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology , San Franciso, California, Jan., 2013.
  • Hydrodynamics of Self-propelling Flexible Synthetic Shark Skin Membranes, L. Wen, G.V. Lauder, J.C. Weaver, M. Kovac, and R.J. Wood, Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology , San Francisco, California, Jan., 2013.

2012

  • Aerodynamic evaluation of four butterfly species for the design of flapping-gliding robotic insects, M. Kovac, D. Vogt, D. Ithier, M. Smith, and R.J. Wood, IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Vilamoura, Portugal, Sep., 2012.
  • Multi stage micro rockets for robotic insects, M. Kovac, M. Smith, M. Bendana, and R.J. Wood, Robotics: Science and Systems, Sydney, Australia, July, 2012. 
    Runner-up best presentation award
  • Fabrication Methods for Artificial Butterfly Scales and Shark Ribs for Micro Aerial Vehicles, M. Kovac, G. Roulet, M. Smith, and R.J. Wood, 4th Int. Conf. on Smart Materials, Structures and Systems, Rome, Italy, June, 2012.
  • Biologically Inspired Wing Optimization for Aerial Micro Robots, M. Kovac, D. Vogt, G. Roulet, M. Smith, and R.J. Wood, 4th Int. Conf. on Smart Materials, Structures and Systems, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jan., 2012.
  • Aerodynamic Performance of Forewing Orientation in Butter´Čéies, M. Kovac, D. Vogt, M. Smith, and R.J. Wood, Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology , Charleston, South Carolina, Jan., 2012.

2011

  • The EPFL Jumpglider: A Hybrid Jump-gliding robot, M. Kovac, W. Hraiz, O. Fauria, J.-C. Zuffrey, and D. Floreano, IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Biomimetics, Phuket, Thailand, Dec., 2011. 
    Winner: Best paper
  • The Locomotion Capabilities of the ‘EPFL Jumpglider’: A Hybrid Jump-gliding Robot (Video contribution) , M. Kovac, W. Hraiz, O. Fauria, J.-C. Zuffrey, and D. Floreano, IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Biomimetics, Phuket, Thailand, Dec., 2011.
  • Biologically Inspired Intermittent Flight for Aerial Micro Robots, M. Kovac, D. Vogt, G. Roulet, M. Smith, and R.J. Wood, 3rd Annual Harvard Wyss Institute Retreat, Boston, Massachusetts, Nov., 2011.
  • Aerial Locomotion in Cluttered Environments, D. Floreano, J.-C. Zuffrey, A. Klaptocz, J. Germann, and M. Kovac, 15th Int. Symposium on Robotics Research, Flagstaff, Arizona, Aug., 2011.
  • Biologically Inspired Intermittent Flap-gliding Flight for Aerial Micro Robots, M. Kovac, D. Vogt, G. Roulet, M. Venkadesan, M. Smith, and R.J. Wood, Bio-mimetic and Hybrid Approaches to Robotics Workshop at IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, Shanghai, China, May, 2011.

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2008

  • Towards the Self Deploying Microglider, a Biomimetic Jumping and Gliding Robot, M. Kovac, J.-C. Zufferey, and D. Floreano, 4th International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines, pp. 41-42, Cleveland, Ohio, June, 2008.
  • A Miniature 7g Jumping RobotM. Kovac, M. Fuchs, A . Guignard, J.-C. Zufferey, and D. Floreano, IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, Pasadena, California, May, 2008.

2007

  • Towards the Self Deploying Microglider; Gliding Flight and Bioinspired Wing Folding Mechanism, M. Kovac, G. Savioz, J.-C. Zufferey, and D. Floreano, International Symposium on Flying Insects and Robots, pp. 61-62, Monte Verita, Switzerland, Aug., 2007.
  • A 1.5g SMA-actuated microglider looking for the light, M. Kovac, A. Guignard, J.-D. Nicoud, J.-C. Zufferey, and D. Floreano, IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, Rome, Italy, April, 2007.