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
Chemical & Engineering News
Majidi on new biopolymer for soft robots
MechE’s Carmel Majidi was quoted in Chemical & Engineering News about a new self-healing and reusable biopolymer found in squid that researchers are using in soft robots. “This is a very compelling example of using synthetic biology to engineer new classes of materials," he said.
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.
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.
Majidi quoted on soft robots
MechE’s Carmel Majidi’s research on soft robots was featured on Science Blog.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.