Design of autonomous robotic system for removal of Porcupine Crab spine

Porcupine Crab (Neolithodes grimaldii) inhabits the seabed off the Coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and in the eastern Arctic as a by-catch in the turbot gillnet fishery. This research project focuses on developing automatic robotic technology for the removal of Porcupine Crab spines to ease the crab processing for potential future development of a Porcupine Crab fishery. Based on extensive research experience in robotic system design, the research team will propose a novel robotic mechanism, integrated with the state-of-the-art artificial intelligence method and sensing technology, to precisely and efficiently remove the sharp spines and thus significantly ease the danger and impracticability of processing of porcupine crab.

Faculty Supervisor:

Ting Zou


Haodong Wu


Nunavut Fisheries Association


Engineering - mechanical


Fisheries and wildlife


Memorial University of Newfoundland



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