Spring term, even years
318 Graf Hall
Complete introduction to the field of soft robotics, and a mastery of research directions and methodologies. Emphasis on fabrication, experimentation, and modeling.
- Rapid digital manufacturing of multifunctional soft robot devices
- Soft actuators (dielectrics, pneumatics, fluidics,)
- Soft sensors (fluidic, solid, composites, textiles)
- Soft logic (controllers, thin film silicon, semiconducting polymer)
- Soft energy (thermodynamics, soft batteries, soft combustion)
- Applications (wearable robotics, space robotics, deep-sea robotics)
- Modeling soft mechanics (numerical, computational, analytical)
The student, upon completion of this course, will be able to:
- Independently identify active unanswered questions in soft robotics.
- Fabricate soft robot subsystems using 3D printing, laser machining, and elastomer casting.
- Model soft robot mechanics in custom or commercial analytical and/or numerical tools.
- Contribute meaningful and complete research results in the field of soft robotics
- Complete rigorous experimental and/or theoretical validation of design/hypothesis.
- Create a press-ready report for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or conference proceeding.
- Create a conference-ready final presentation.