Bio-inspired Adaptive Morphology (BAM) Laboratory

Paper 2 Tree OutreachThe Click Beetle project wins the 2nd Prize of the Biom’Innovate Challenge in Senlis, FranceCongratulations to the 2017 BAM Lab graduates!Ornithopter Indoor Flight TestweSTEM Illinois 2017ICAST 2016SMASIS 2016BAM Lab Summer ProgressGirls Building Awesome Machines (GBAM) OutreachInside Unmanned Systems Features BAM Research
Paper 2 Tree Outreach
The Click Beetle project wins the 2nd Prize of the Biom’Innovate Challenge in Senlis, France
Congratulations to the 2017 BAM Lab graduates!
Ornithopter Indoor Flight Test
weSTEM Illinois 2017
ICAST 2016
BAM Lab Summer Progress
Girls Building Awesome Machines (GBAM) Outreach
Inside Unmanned Systems Features BAM Research

We are an interdisciplinary research lab in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We chose our lab’s name to signify our research passion and expertise. Bio-inspired is defined as inspired by or based on biological structures or processes, Adaptive stems from the verb adapt which means to change oneself to different conditions, and Morphology means the study of form and structure.

At the BAM lab, we focus on studying structures that adapt their form in response to external stimulants, and we truly believe that nature provides true inspiration and solutions to state of the art engineering challenges. This vision of learning from nature to inform and improve engineering systems can be applied to various robotic systems in air, underwater, and on the ground.

A bird’s wing is one of these natural structures that truly fascinates us. It is a biological system that continuously changes and adapts its form in response to external stimulants. Every feather, muscle, joint, and nerve is designed to enable efficient flight. We believe that current unmanned air vehicles have a lot to learn from birds and it is our mission to continue to learn about the various forms and structures of birds wings and apply this knowledge to our engineered aerial vehicles.

In order to achieve this mission, we created an interdisciplinary research environment where Biological knowledge intersects with Adaptive structures and Material design.  Such an environment will enable us to:

  • Understand nature’s fundamental physics and inefficiencies
  • Design and use smart materials and structures to achieve bio-inspired kinematics and dynamics
  • Design integrated bio-inspired robotic systems that achieve the efficiency and performance found in nature
The interdisciplinary research approach at the BAM lab

We looking forward to sharing our research achievements and breakthroughs with the community, and we welcome collaborators and researchers from all over the world to share their knowledge and passion with us.