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RBE Colloquium and FORW-RD Thinking Series: Dr. Kris Dorsey, Smith College | Challenges and opportunities in designing tunable, soft mechanical sensors

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WPI Robotics Engineering
Friday, March 05, 2021
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

ROBOTICS ENGINEERING COLLOQUIUM SERIES

THE FORW-RD THINKING SEMINAR SERIES

 

Dr. Kris Dorsey

Picker Engineering Program, Smith College

Challenges and opportunities in designing tunable, soft mechanical sensors

 
Friday, March 5, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Virtual: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/94274782043  (sign-in required)

 

Abstract: Physically-soft mechanical sensors are poised to unlock exciting new applications in wearable devices, robotics, and human-machine interfaces. Typically with these sensors, tuning their properties through the device geometry is a challenge. A promising development in soft mechanical sensors is hierarchically-patterned structures within the sensor, which enables both deformation selectivity and the ability to tune, and potentially reconfigure, sensing properties.

I will discuss challenges and recent work related to designing and fabricating hierarchically-patterned sensors, including origami-patterned and kirigami-patterned sensors. I will also present work in enhancing the stability and mechanical selectivity of stretchable sensors, and discuss applications for such sensors in wearable healthcare applications and soft robotics.  

 

Bio: Kris Dorsey is an assistant professor of engineering in the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College. She was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Diego. Dr. Dorsey graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and earned her Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College.

She founded The MicroSMITHie Lab at Smith College to investigate micro- and miniature-scale sensor design and to prepare undergraduates for graduate study in engineering. Her current research interests include novel morphology soft sensors, stability concerns for soft-material sensors, and sensors for soft robots and wearable medical devices. 

Dr. Dorsey has co-authored several publications on hyper-elastic strain sensors, novel soft lithography processes, and the stability of gas chemical sensors. In 2019, she received the NSF CAREER award.

 


Learn more about the Future of Robots in the Workplace – Research & Development (FORW-RD NRT): https://wp.wpi.edu/forwrd/ 

Discord server for discussion: join the #colloquium-discussion channel at https://discord.gg/aKgQqM4

Watch previous seminars:  https://web.microsoftstream.com/channel/9b24549c-4cd4-4c7f-b7d4-0d8d1ccb7781

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