报告题目：Soft Robotics for Controlled Interaction with the World
邀请人：Mark R. Cutkosky教授
Mark R. Cutkosky
Mark R. Cutkosky is theFletcher Jones Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at StanfordUniversity. Cutkosky's research activities include robotic manipulation andtactile sensing and the design and fabrication of biologically inspired robots.He consults with companies on robotics and human/computer interaction devices.His work has been featured in Discover Magazine, The New York Times, NationalGeographic, Time Magazine and other publications and has appeared on PBS NOVA,CBS Evening News, and other popular media. Cutkosky’s awards include aFulbright Faculty Chair (Italy 2002), Fletcher Jones and Charles M. PigottChairs at Stanford University, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator award andTimes Magazine Best Innovations (2006) for the Stickybot gecko-inspired robot.
Cutkosky’s laboratory and research can be found athttp://bdml.stanford.edu
As robots move beyond manufacturing applications to lesspredictable environments, they increasingly can benefit, as animals do, fromintegrating sensing and control with the passive properties provided byparticular combinations and arrangements of materials and mechanisms. Thisrealization is partly responsible for the recent proliferation of soft andbioinspired robots. However, many structures and mechanisms in nature are notuniformly soft. This talk will explore these interrelated concepts using examplesfrom several bioinspired mobile robots that exploit selectively soft materialsand structures when interacting with objects and surfaces in the environment.