Welcome to the Soft Robotics Lab. Our research focuses on unconventional robotic systems that utilize body compliance as part of their intelligence. A soft system is inherently safe and adaptive, while being not particularly precise or strong. Our general aim is to harness the advantages of flexibility in mechanics as a form of embedded intelligence. Our research tends to reside at the intersection of bioinspiration and technological curiosity in general.
2014-06: Our smart robotic prosthetic hand project was featured on Robotics Business Review, San Francisco Chronicle, and Seattle Post.
2014-06: Soft Robotics Lab will perform robot demonstrations as part of the Frontiers program for high-school juniors and seniors.
2014-05: Our smart robotic prosthetic project was featured on Solidworks Teacher Blog.
2014-05: Prof. Onal will serve as a Program Committee member for ROBIO 2014.
2014-05: Congratulations to our MQP Capstone Project Team working on Binocular Robotic Vision for winning the Edward C. Perry Award for Outstanding Projects in Mechanical Design.
2014-05: Congratulations to our Capstone Project Team working on Soft Exo-musculature for winning 2nd Place among Robotics MQPs at WPI.
2014-05: Congratulations to our MQP Capstone Project Team working on Smart Robotic Prosthetic Hand for winning the Best Robotics MQP Award at WPI.
2014-05: Congratulations to our MQP Capstone Project Team working on Smart Robotic Prosthetic Hand for winning the Cornell Cup USA.
2014-04: Congratulations to Fuchen Chen for receiving a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) award.
2014-03: We are organizing RoMa2014 (Robot Makers: The future of digital rapid design and fabrication of robots), a workshop to be held in conjunction with Robotics Science and Systems Conference.
2014-03: We will be hosting a high-school student from Manchester Essex Regional High School as a summer intern.
2013-11: We are advising a high-school student from Mass Academy on legged mobile robots.
2013-10: Our origami-inspired robots were featured in the Designers' Open Exhibition, Design Festival, Leipzig, Germany.
2013-10: Our MQP Capstone Project Team working on Smart Robotic Prosthetic Hand is selected as a finalist for the Cornell Cup USA.
2013-10: Lecture on Soft Robotics at Wachusett Regional High School Science Seminar.
2013-09: Prof. Onal will serve in the Editorial Board of the Soft Robotics Journal.
2013-09: Prof. Onal will serve as an Associate Editor for ICRA 2014.
2013-08: Prof. Onal will teach RBE595-D91S/ME593-D91S: Special Topics: Soft Robotics in 2014D.
2013-08: Prof. Onal will teach ME3310: Kinematics of Mechanisms in 2013A.
2013-07: Prof. Onal gave a talk on fluidic elastomer manipulators at the 2013 International Workshop on Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation.