The Basilisk Lizard’s striking ability to sustain highly dynamic legged locomotion on a range of surfaces from hard-ground to water is a remarkable feat .
Most legged robots would have diculty emulating
this animal’s ability to robustly locomote on yielding
or deforming surfaces. Therefore, to explore the dynamics of legged locomotion in this regime, we are
studying the design of a bio-inspired water-running
robot. Analyzing water-running dynamics may also
help us gain insight into mobility on other yielding
surfaces, such as granular media and mud.