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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New grant to fund cardiac electrophysiology research

BME/MSE’s Tzahi Cohen-Karni was recently awarded a $3.1 NIH/NHLBI grant to further cardiac electrophysiology research. Over the next five years, Cohen-Karni will partner with Pitt’s Aditi Gurkar (co-PI), BME/MSE’s Adam Feinberg, MechE’s Carmel Majidi, and ECE’s Pulkit Grover to study the role of DNA damage in the cardiac unit using induced pluripotent stem cells.

CMU Engineering

Resetting the standard in orthopedics

Exoform, a customizable, semi-rigid material with self-fusing edges has the potential to eliminate many of the doctors visits that go along with broken bones, not to mention help them heal faster.


Kumar and Majidi’s research on fabric-friendly sensors featured

ECE’s Swarun Kumar and MechE’s Carmel Majidi have had their research on fabric-friendly sensors featured in I-Connect007. 

Mechanical Engineering

Innovative ink for stretchable circuits

A collaboration with CMU-Portugal introduces a unique printable ink that allowed, for the first time, digital printing of multi-layer stretchable circuits, e-skins, and adhesive medical patches for electrophysiological monitoring.

CMU Engineering

Fabric-friendly sensors

Carnegie Mellon researchers have developed fabric-friendly near-field communication antennas that can be woven into everyday surfaces for building smart environments.

Science Daily

Majidi’s writing on soft robotics featured

MechE’s Carmel Majidi was an author on a viewpoint on soft robotics reported on by Science Daily.

CMU Engineering

A touch of silver

Researchers in the Soft Machines Lab have developed a new silver-hydrogel composite for artificial skin that combines high electrical conductivity with soft, stretchable biocompatibility.

CMU Engineering

Under the sea

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon’s Soft Machines Lab has created a soft robot inspired by the quick and agile brittle star, the first mobile and untethered underwater crawling robot.

Soft Matter Most Popular 2020

Majidi lab selected for Soft Matter Most Popular 2020

Research from MechE’s Carmel Majidi’s Soft Machines Lab was selected for inclusion in Soft Matter Most Popular 2020, a themed collection of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

CMU Engineering

Making mechanical skin

These 3D printed circuits are self-healing, re-writable, and energy-harvesting, thanks to liquid metal.

Soft Robotics Podcast

Majidi quoted in Soft Robotics podcast

MechE’s Carmel Majidi was interviewed for Soft Robotics Podcast on science and life. He talked about equations he finds important and provided some advice.


Wearable and Stretchable Electronic Devices

A PITA project has led to commercially viable, soft-matter printed electronics for wearable health monitoring.