Dr. Maurizio Porfiri's 2nd Generation Robotic Fishes Protect Marine Life

 - Mar 2, 2011
References: livescience & livescience
It seems that Dr. Maurizio Porfiri has taken design cues from an animated movie for his second generation robotic fish, which look more like toys than robots.

Dr. Maurizio Porfiri is a professor of mechanical engineering at New York University who created prototypes for the preservation and protection of marine life.

These prototypes would be used underwater and deployed with schools of fish to lead them and influence their behaviour. The robotic fish are capable of swimming, and lead the aquatic creatures away from dangers such as natural disasters and any underwater obstacles created by the human.

Dr. Maurizio Porfiri believes that with his research into the behaviour of schooling fish, the aquatic life would reap the benefit for preserving a balanced ecosystem.