Alexandria Ardente

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Mesa, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Fall 2021

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FURI | Summer 2021

Enabling Horizontal Burrowing of a Multi-Segment Soft Robot

The objective of the research is to design a horizontal self-burrowing soft robot. Previous research has shown that inducing forward horizontal burrowing involves breaking the time-reversal symmetry of the robot and strategically manipulating the surrounding soil. A successful design is to include multiple segments that each plays a role in the overall movement. This includes one or more anchoring segments and a single section with extension only or extension and bending capabilities.


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Additional projects from this student

Self-burrowing robots can help with sensing individuals during search and rescue after a disaster and detecting nutrients in agriculture.


  • FURI
  • Spring 2020