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.
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
The future’s high-functioning materials—today
In a scientific breakthrough, researchers collaborating across engineering and polymer chemistry synthesize new materials with extraordinary properties.
Run, robot, run!
Soft robots can mimic a critter’s scurry, thanks to shape memory alloy actuators.
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 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.
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.
Majidi on self-healing electrical circuits
MechE’s Carmel Majidi and his lab have created self-healing electrical circuits that are stretchy and flexible. “We’ve been very interested in taking electronics out of their hard case and incorporating them into clothing, into machines and robotics that interface with the human body,” Majidi said. “This is one way of engineering circuitry that are soft and stretchable.”
The Economic Times
Majidi discusses electronic tattoos
MechE’s Carmel Majidi spoke with The Economic Times about the electronic tattoos he has developed in his lab that could power the future’s wearable devices. “We…coat the particles with a thin layer of gallium indium alloy that increases the electrical conductivity and allows the printed circuit to be more mechanically robust. The tattoos are ultrathin, very stretchable, and inexpensive to produce,” said Majidi.
Majidi’s self-healing circuitry could shape next generation of humanoid robots
MechE’s Carmel Majidi and his lab’s newest innovation, self-healing circuitry, were featured in a list of the “15 Most Forward-Thinking Projects That Could Build the Next Humanoids” in Interesting Engineering.
Majidi interviewed about self-repairing circuits
MechE’s Carmel Majidi was interviewed by Design News about the details of his flexible electronics that can self-repair.
Majidi quoted on self-repairing circuits
MechE’s Carmel Majidi was quoted by Engineering.com in an article detailing his work in self-repairing electronics and the possible applications of this new material.