ECE Colloquium Series: Jamie Paik: Soft Robotics for Intuitive Interactive Interfaces


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Jamie Paik

Soft Robotics for Intuitive Interactive Interfaces

The ultimate goal of any soft robotics system is to have a cohesive solution to improve the human-machine interface. While the findings in soft robotics have broadened the application of robotics, they are still limited to specific scenarios. The next challenge is in pushing the boundaries of multi-disciplinary science interceptions simultaneously: materials, mechatronics, energy, control, and design. Such efforts will lead to robust solutions in design methodology, novel actuators, and a comprehensive fabrication and integration method of the core robotic components. This talk will highlight the recent progress in soft- material robots and origami robots that aim at achieving comprehensive solutions toward diverse soft human-robot applications. Bio Prof. Jamie Paik is director and founder of Reconfigurable Robotics Lab (RRL) of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). RRL’s research leverages expertise in multi-material fabrication and smart material actuation toward unique robotic platforms. At Harvard University’s Microrobotics Lab, she developed robots that push the limits of material and mechanisms. Her latest research is self-morphing Robogami (robotic origami). Robogamis transforms autonomously its planar shape to 2D or 3D by folding in predefined patterns and sequences, just like the paper art, origami.