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Overview

Dr. Trimmer is interested in the control of locomotion and the neural processes that organize sensory and motor information. He is the head of two integrated research labs — the Neuromechanics Laboratory uses an insect (the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta) as its primary model system because it has a brain with fewer neurons, many of which can be identified and kept alive outside the animal. The Biomimetic Devices Laboratory focuses on applying biological principles in the design, fabrication and control of new types of machines, including soft robots.

Currently we are pursuing three major projects:

Neuromechanics of Locomotion

SoftWorm Robots – a soft machine development platform

Tissue Engineering of Novel Devices