Robotic tuna can help us understand the physics of how fish move

October 24, 2019
George Lauder by Jon Chase/Harvard University
“It’s like a Porsche going through Cambridge traffic,” George Lauder said about the "Tunabot" he helped to develop. “It’s not going 100 miles per hour, but it can go to the track and perform at a high level." Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard University
The lab of MCZ Faculty-Curator of Ichthyology, George Lauder, and a team of researchers from the University of Virginia, developed a robotic tuna that can accurately mimic both the highly efficient swimming style of tuna and their high speed. The robot and related research is described in Science Robotics and the Harvard Gazette.