University of Surrey brings ‘Robofish’ to life to help combat microplastic pollution

Researchers turn public ideas into reality with a ‘robo-fish.
The Natural Robotics Contest, a public competition held by the University of Surrey, has brought to life a robot fish that filters out microplastics.

A panel of international judges selected the robot fish design designed by Eleanor Mackintosh because it was a possible solution to reduce plastic pollution in our waters.

The competition was held in summer 2022 and anyone with an idea for a robot inspired by nature could enter. The winner’s design would then be developed into a prototype.