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

Media mentions

Physics World

Majidi quoted on liquid metal lattice material

MechE’s Carmel Majidi was quoted by Physics World about a new liquid metal lattice that can be crushed and then reheated to return to its original shape. Majidi says that the material has many potential capabilities, including applications in soft robotics, wearable computing systems, or wearable robotics.

CMU Engineering

First real-time physics engine for soft robotics

Collaborators have adapted the sophisticated computer graphics technology used in blockbuster films and video games to simulate the movements of soft, limbed robots for the first time.

Science Blog

Majidi quoted on soft robots

MechE’s Carmel Majidi’s research on soft robots was featured on Science Blog.

CMU Engineering

Engineering faculty win Carnegie Science Awards

MechE’s Carmel Majidi and Ryan Sullivan have won Carnegie Science Awards from the Carnegie Science Center for their incredible contributions to science.

CMU Engineering

College of Engineering announces 2020 Moonshot winners

The College of Engineering is pleased to announce that the College will fund two Moonshot proposals as winners of the Moonshot 2020 competition, as well as one College of Engineering Planning Award.

IEEE Spectrum

IEEE Spectrum features Soft Machines Lab video

IEEE Spectrum’s Video Friday featured a video about a new soft, multifunctional composite from MechE’s Carmel Majidi’s Soft Machines Lab.

Majidi’s new soft materials featured in multiple outlets

MechE’s Carmel Majidi and his Soft Machines Lab were recognized by Create Digital Magazine, SiliconRepublic, and Tech Brief for creating a new classes of materials for soft robotics.

EE News Europe

Majidi on stretchable conductive material

MechE’s Carmel Majidi was quoted in an EE News Europe article explaining a shape-morphing, self-healing elastomer developed in his Soft Machines Lab. Not only is the material conductive, but it is also resilient in response to significant damage. He was also featured in a Machine Design article about a developing artificial skin material.

ASEE First Bell

Majidi quoted in ASEE’s First Bell

MechE’s Carmel Majidi was quoted in First Bell, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) daily newsletter, which highlights Majidi and the Soft Machines Lab’s work to develop a soft material with high conductivity.

CMU Engineering

Almost natural

A step closer to integrated artificial muscle and nervous tissue, researchers develop an intelligent, shape-morphing, and self-healing material for soft robotics and wearable electronics.

MRS Bulletin

Majidi on creating hybrid materials with tunable mechanical and optical properties

MechE’s Carmel Majidi was recently interviewed by MRS Bulletin about creating liquid metal-polymer hybrid materials.

CMU Engineering

Giving robots a “nose”

A team of MechE researchers are developing soft robots that sense and respond to chemicals.