Continuum robots differ fundamentally from traditional robots. They are biologically inspired and instead of relying on a rigid joint-link composition, continuum robots are organic compliant structures. Their appearance is evocative of animals and organs such as trunks, tongues, worms, jellyfish, and snakes. Continuum robots are composed of flexible, elastic, or soft materials such that they can exhibit complex bending motions and appear with curvilinear shapes.

Our scientific methods contribute to the general understanding of continuum robots at the system level and facilitate the development of continuum robots for various areas of our lives. This includes but is not limited to health care, maintenance, repair, and operations.