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

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.


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.