Biohybrid and Organic Robotics Group (B.O.R.G.)

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Animals have long served as an inspiration for robotics. However, many of the mechanical properties, physical capabilities, and the behavioral flexibility seen in animals have yet to be achieved in robotic platforms. Towards addressing this gap, research in the CMU B.O.R.G focuses on the use of organic materials as structures, actuators, sensors, and controllers towards the development of biohybrid and organic robots. The research group’s long-term goal is to develop completely organic, autonomous robots with programmable neural circuits. Such robotic systems will have future applications in medicine, search and rescue, and environmental monitoring.

Faculty

Victoria Webster-Wood

Victoria Webster-Wood

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Courtesy Appointment in Biomedical Engineering

Joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Fall 2018, Webster-Wood established the Biohybrid and Organic Robotics Group (B.O.R.G.), bringing together bio-inspired robotics, tissue engineering, and computational neuroscience to create novel devices.  

 

Publications

Vickie Webster-Wood’s most recent list of publications can be found on Google Scholar

Office
Scaife Hall 309
Phone
412-268-3017
Fax
412-268-3348
Email
vwebster@andrew.cmu.edu
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Victoria Webster-Wood

Projects

Research in the CMU B.O.R.G. focuses on the study and application of organic tissues to create sustainable, biocompatible robotic systems. By studying existing tissues (such as skeletal muscle or neural circuits), we seek to identify design guidelines for bio-inspired and biohybrid robots. We can also use tissues, or cells isolated from these tissues, to grow novel organic systems in order to build biocompatible robots seeking to capture the compliance, behavioral flexibility, and force-to-weight ratios seen in living organisms. 

 

 

Research team

Kevin Dai

Kevin Dai

Doctorate

Research interests
Bio-robots and controls
Kathleen Gladson

Kathleen Gladson

Doctorate

Ashlee Liao

Ashlee Liao

Doctorate

Co-Advisor
Jessica Zhang
Research interests
biorobotics, biomechanics, neural controls
Kuanren Qian

Kuanren Qian

Doctorate

Co-Advisor
Jessica Zhang
Research interests
bioinspired robotics, neuron growth modeling
Saul Schaffer

Saul Schaffer

Doctorate

Research interests
biohybrid actuators, prosthetics, 3D printing, metamaterials
Wenhuan Sun

Wenhuan Sun

Doctorate

Research interests
Bioinspired robotics, bio-3D printing actuators, and robots
Annie Chen

Annie Chen

Undergraduate

Research interests
Mechatronics
Nickia Muraskin

Nickia Muraskin

Undergraduate

Research interests
bio-inspired robotics and prosthetics
Allison Rojas

Allison Rojas

Undergraduate

Research interests
product design, medical device design, design for emerging markets and developing countries

Lab alumni and past researchers

  • Gordon Gao (MS)
  • Jason Paulovich (MS)

Courses

Current courses

Course Course Name Location Units Semester Offered
24-354 Special Topics: Gadgetry: Sensors, Actuators, and Processors Pittsburgh 9 Fall

Join us

If you are interested in joining the CMU B.O.R.G. please read the appropriate section below.

Undergraduates: To learn more about research in the CMU B.O.R.G. and to be considered for an available project, please email your CV, research interests, and a statement of interest explaining why you are interested in joining our team to thecmuborg@gmail.com. Please include the tag [Undergrad] in the subject line. 

Master’s: Master’s applicants can only be considered through the standard application process. If you are interested in pursing a master’s in the CMU B.O.R.G. please apply through the online system. To learn more and to be considered for an available project, please email your CV, research interests, and a statement of interest explaining why you are interested in joining our team to thecmuborg@gmail.com. Please include the tag [Masters] in the subject line.

Ph.D.: Ph.D. applicants can only be considered through the standard application process. If you are interested in pursing a Ph.D. in the CMU B.O.R.G. please apply through the online system and indicate Prof. Webster-Wood as one of the faculty members you are interested in working with. After applying, please send an email containing a statement of interest explaining why you are interested in joining our team to thecmuborg@gmail.com. Please include the tag [PhD] in the subject line. All applications will be reviewed following the application deadline.

Post-docs: Funded post-doctoral positions are not available at this time. If you are interested in being considered for a postdoc once funding becomes available, or if you are interested in pursuing an independent fellowship to perform research that would mesh well with the CMU B.O.R.G. please email your CV, research interests, a statement of interest explaining why you are interested in joining our team, and information about your planned independent funding source if applicable to thecmuborg@gmail.com. Please include the tag [Postdoc] in the subject line.

Inquires about joining the lab that are sent to Professor Webster-Wood's university email account may not receive responses so please be sure to email thecmuborg@gmail.com, which is processed regularly.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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