Welcome to WPI Soft Robotics Lab. Our research focuses on unconventional robotic systems that utilize mechanical 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 scientific curiosity in general.
2016-06: Our research on soft robotic sensing and control was featured in Robot Magazine, EduBots Section.
2016-06: Congratulations to Ugur Celik for receiving a STEM fellowship.
2016-06: Soft Robotics Lab performed robot demonstrations as part of TouchTomorrow.
2016-05: Congratulations to our MQP Capstone Project Team working on Haptic Soft Robotic Gloves for winning the RBE Director's MQP Award, Mason Emerging Innovators Award, and Honorable Mention at Intel Cornell Cup.
2016-05: Congratulations to Weijia Tao for receiving the RBE Outstanding Senior Award.
2016-05: Prof. Onal received WPI ME Department Excellence in Research Award.
2016-04: Prof. Onal received a WPI Faculty Achievement Award.
2016-04: Our paper "Robot Makers: The Future of Digital Rapid Design and Fabrication of Robots" received the Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award.
2016-03: We are organizing RoMa2016 (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.
2016-03: Our research on elastomeric soft robotics was featured in Robot Magazine, EduBots Section.
2016-02: Congratulations to Erik Skorina for receiving a graduate student travel award to attend ICRA 2016.
2016-01: Our paper "Slithering towards autonomy: a self-contained soft robotic snake platform with integrated curvature sensing" was selected as one of the Bioinspiration & Biomimetics Highlights of 2015.
2015-12: Our MQP Capstone Project Team working on Haptic Soft Robotic Gloves is among the semi-finalists of Cornell Cup USA.
2015-12: Soft Robotics Lab will perform robot demonstrations as part of the National Engineers Week.
2015-11: Prof. Onal will be a judge in the Popup Challenge.
2015-11: Prof. Onal gave a seminar on System-Level Challenges in Soft Robotics at Max Planck Institute of Intelligent Systems.
2015-11: Prof. Onal gave a seminar on Soft Robotics at Vanderbilt University.
2015-10: We are mentoring a high-school student on soft actuation.
2015-10: Prof. Onal will give an invited talk on Soft Robotics as part of SPIE DSS 2016.
2015-09: Our soft robotic snake made the cover of Bioinspiration & Biomimetics - Special issue on Bioinspired Soft Robotics.
2015-09: Prof. Onal will serve as an Associate Editor for ICRA 2016.
2015-08: Congratulations to Erik Skorina for receiving a graduate research fellowship.
2015-08: Prof. Onal will teach ME3310: Kinematics of Mechanisms in 2015A.
2015-07: Soft Robotics Lab is part of the Make Schools Alliance.
2015-06: Soft Robotics Lab performed robot demonstrations as part of the Frontiers program for high-school juniors and seniors.
2015-06: Soft Robotics Lab performed robot demonstrations as part of TouchTomorrow.
2015-05: Prof. Onal will be a judge in the Soft Robotics Research Competition.
2015-04: Congratulations to Siamak Faal for receiving the WPI TA of the Year Award.
2015-04: Congratulations to Weijia Tao for receiving a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) award.
2015-03: Prof. Onal will chair the Soft Robotics Session at ICRA 2015.
2015-02: Soft Robotics Lab performed robot demonstrations as part of the National Engineers Week.
2015-02: Our autonomous soft robotic fish article was one of 100 most-read articles from Mary Ann Liebert in 2014.
2014-12: Prof. Onal will teach ES2503: Introduction to Dynamic Systems in 2015D.
2014-11: Our MQP Capstone Project Team working on Marine Propulsion was awarded a research grant from New Energy Foundation.
2014-09: Prof. Onal will serve as an Associate Editor for ICRA 2015.