RBE Colloquium Series Presents
Dr. Joran Booth
Research Scientist, Yale University
Abstract: Rigid-bodied robots generally excel at specific tasks in structured environments, but lack the versatility and adaptability required to interact-with and locomote-within the natural world. To achieve maximum versatility in soft robot design, we present a new paradigm: robotic skins that can wrap around arbitrary soft bodies to induce desired motions and deformations. Robotic skins integrate actuation and sensing into a single conformable material, and may be leveraged to create a multitude of controllable soft robots with different functions or gaits to accommodate the demands of different environments. We show that attaching the same robotic skin to a soft body in different ways, or to different soft bodies, leads to unique motions. Further, we show that combining multiple robotic skins enables complex motions and functions. We demonstrate several instances of this versatile soft robot design paradigm - creating a continuum robot, multiple locomotion robots, and a grasping end-effector - using the same two-dimensional robotic skins reconfigured on the surface of various three-dimensional soft, inanimate bodies.
Bio: Joran Booth received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2016. His dissertation was on design theory and methodology. His work on design for additive manufacturing recently received the best paper of 2017 award for the Journal of Mechanical Design. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher between Purdue and Yale University working on the design of soft robots. His current work is on robotic skins and using these skins to make any sufficiently soft object into a soft robot. Joran currently works at Yale as a research scientist and a lecturer teaching engineering and machine design courses.
Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
60 Gateway Park, GP 1002