Carmel Majidi’s career mission is to discover materials, hardware architectures, and fabrication methods that allow robots and machines to behave like soft biological organisms, and be safe for contact with humans. The aim is to replace the bulky and rigid hardware in existing robots with soft, lightweight, and deformable technologies that match the functionality of natural biological tissue. Currently, his group is focused on filled-elastomer composites and soft microfluidic systems that exhibit unique combinations of mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties and can function as “artificial” skin, nervous tissue, and muscle for soft robotics and wearables. He’s particularly interested in approaches that are practical from a rapid prototyping and robotics implementation perspective. This includes efforts to enable robust mechanical and electrical interfacing between soft-matter systems and conventional microelectronics and hardware.

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Soft Machines Lab

Soft & Stretchable Computing Materials

Electronic Tattoos for Wearable Computing: Stretchable, Robust, and Inexpensive

Self-Healing Electrical Material

Engineering new materials for wearable computing

Soft Machines: New Classes of Materials for Next-Generation Wearable Devices


2007 Ph.D., EECS, University of California, Berkeley

2001 BS, CEE, Cornell University

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Morphing Matter and Soft Machines labs create new wearable tech

The Morphing Matter Lab, led by Lining Yao, and the Soft Machines Lab, led by MechE’s Carmel Majidi, have joined forces to create a new type of wearable technology that can be applied to the skin like a band-aid, and used for a variety of medical, fitness, or lifestyle purposes.

Advanced Science News

Majidi’s team developed a tactile, magnetic skin

A research team led by MechE’s Carmel Majidi has developed a soft, tactile skin made from a novel magnetic composite.

ASME Essentials

Majidi on soft materials for robotics

MechE’s Carmel Majidi was featured in an ASME Essentials story about soft robotics. According to Majidi, recent advances in materials science have pushed the envelope on how robotics can be integrated into the human body and used in medicine.

CMU Engineering

An elegant solution to the soft sensing challenge

Carmel Majidi’s team has developed a soft magnetic skin with a single sensing element that detects force and contact.

College of Engineering names 2019 faculty award winners

The College of Engineering has announced the winners of the 2019 faculty awards. They include: Alan McGaughey, Paulina Jaramillo, Jana Kainerstorfer, Reeja Jayan, Carmel Majidi, Jonathan Malen, and Vijayakumar Bhagavatula.

CMU Engineering

The future’s high-functioning materials—today

In a scientific breakthrough, researchers collaborating across engineering and polymer chemistry synthesize new materials with extraordinary properties.

CMU Engineering

Run, robot, run!

Soft robots can mimic a critter’s scurry, thanks to shape memory alloy actuators.

Electronics Weekly

Majidi’s stretchable electronic tattoos featured in Engineering Weekly

A recent feature in Electronics Weekly focused on stretchable electronic tattoo technology created by MechE’s Carmel Majidi.

GE Reports

GE calls CMU circuits one of the “coolest things on earth”

In their November briefs, General Electric gave a shout-out to Carnegie Mellon researchers’ work on electrical circuits. In a section titled “coolest things on earth,” GE described how the circuits are ultrathin and can be worn like temporary tattoos to monitor things like heart rate and muscular activity.

Electronic Products & Technology

Majidi’s tattoo-like circuits could enable wearable computing

Electronic Products & Technology (EP&T) recently highlighted MechE Professor Carmel Majidi’s work in creating ultrathin, adhesive, wearable circuits.

Yin places in SWE poster competition

Jessica Yin places 3rd in SWE Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

CMU Engineering

Electronic tattoos for wearable computing

Cross-Atlantic collaborators have developed a simple, efficient method to make robust, highly flexible, tattoo-like circuits for use in wearable computing.