Robotics Engineering Colloquium Series
Dr. Andre Rosendo
Shanghai Tech University
Estimating Strain Orientation on Soft Robots
Monday, February 21, 2022
9:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.
Virtual | Zoom: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/91349008861
Abstract: Soft grippers and robots deform their structures as they interact with the environment. While this deformation provides safety and adaptability, it may negatively affect controllers due to a mismatch between its geometrical model and reality. In this lecture I will talk about stresses taking place within soft robots and how they affect the "body schema" (one's virtual representation of their body) of such robots. I will use Mechanics of Materials' Mohr's circle to estimate the orientation of the deformation vector and also use a Stress Tensor to find the same vector. This knowledge is crucial to maximize sensor signals with the proper placement of deformable sensors on soft robots, and it would allow us to accurately predict its geometrical model during deformations.
Bio: Prof. Andre Rosendo received his MSc. and Ph.D. degrees from Hokkaido University and Osaka University, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. In 2014 he was hired as a Specially Appointed Assistant Professor by the Adaptive Robotics Laboratory in Osaka University, and in 2015 he started his role as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Bio-inspired Robotics Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Robotics at ShanghaiTech University. His research focuses on developing robots capable of learning while interacting with their environment. From industrial to domestic applications, the capacity to adapt to malfunctions and damages extends their lifespan and capacity to perform tasks. He has published more than 50 scientific papers in more than 15 IEEE conferences, worked as a Program Committee for a few IEEE conferences and is currently the Associate Editor of the journals Frontiers in Robotics and AI and the Journal of Robotic and Intelligent Systems. In 2019 and 2020 he was awarded the NNSFC Grant, the Shanghai Oriental Talent Grant and the Foreign Researcher Award