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 scientific curiosity in general.
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 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.
2015-08: 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.
2014-06: Our smart robotic prosthetic hand project was featured on Robotics Business Review, San Francisco Chronicle, and Seattle Post.
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.