From stretchable electronics to miniature mobile robots, our experts are creating the next generation of robotics for human interaction through collaboration across disciplines.
Soft and wearable robotics
From sensitized artificial skin to stretchable electronics to prosthetic devices and exoskeletons for robotic-assisted locomotion, our faculty are developing technologies that are safe and minimally-restrictive for human interaction.
Innovations include liquid-embedded elastomer electronics (LE3) for stretchable sensors and circuits.
Legged and aerial robots
Researchers explore legged robotics to design better controllers for robustly stable, energy efficiency, and fast locomotion, including the ability to travel reliably over unstructured terrain.
They create technologies for aerial load transportation, agricultural monitoring and autonomous point-to-point flight.
Our experts seek to improve human health in diverse areas such as minimally-invasive miniature mobile robots, devices to improve mobility through mechanical assistance, and computational, 3D imaging and simulation.
Faculty and students create miniature mobile robots and magnetic micro-robotics teams that can walk on water and climb with bio-inspired micro/nano-fiber adhesives.
Experts also develop robotic devices for microsurgery and microsurgical tools.
Robots for special tasks
Whether its manuevering through debris after a hurricane or repairing tankers under water, robots can performs tasks that are too difficult and dangerous for humans.
Self-driving cars, the Internet of Things, and factory automation are areas where systems need to coordinate and communicate with other systems, devices, and humans. Precision, efficiency, and safety are critical.
Read Internet of robotic things, an article about Professor Shimada's new course.