Talk Title: Design, Fabrication, and Control of Soft Robots
Abstract: Traditionally, engineers have employed rigid materials such as metals and hard plastics to fabricate precise, predictable robotic systems, which are easily modeled as rigid modules connected at discrete joints. Natural systems, however, often match or exceed the performance of robotic systems created with their deformable compliant bodies. Cephalopods, for example, achieve amazing feats of manipulation and locomotion without a skeleton. Inspired by nature, engineers have begun to explore the design of robots composed of compliant materials. This talk will adress recent developments in emerging field of soft robotics, with a focus on design, control, and applications of soft robots.
Bio: Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. She serves as the Director of the Toyota-CSAIL Joint Research Center and is a member of the science advisory board of the Toyota Research Institute. Rus’ research interests are in robotics, artificial intelligence, and data science. Rus is a Class of 2002 MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, AAAI and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of the 2017 Engelberger Robotics Award from the Robotics Industries Association. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University.