My research focuses on the creation, modeling, and control of robotic soft matter. Instead of using soft materials for the design of manipulators, I am interested in robotizing otherwise passive elastomeric materials. The goal is to develop programmable robotic soft matter that is able to change its shape; insights from biological organisms will help to develop strategies for the control of morphology.
I grew up in Germany where I studied electrical engineering in Bochum. I subsequently moved to Scotland to study electronics and robotics in Edinburgh. At Harvard, I focused on the development of embedded controllers for soft robots.