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 bio-inspiration and scientific curiosity in general.
In other words, we are interested to build bio-inspired and soft robots and study how these
new systems change the way we design, dynamically model, control, and develop motion planning and
other algorithms for the next generation of robots.
Our research on origami-inspired snake-like mobility was featured on IEEE Innovate
Congratulations to Shou-Shan Chiang for receiving a PhD Global Research Scholarship to perform research with our collaborators in Europe.
Congratulations to our MQP Capstone Project Team working on Animatronic Eyes for winning the Provost's MQP Award.
Congratulations to Shadi Kalat for receiving the first place award at WPI Graduate Research and
Innovation Exchange (GRIE) in Robotics and Cyberphysical Systems.
2017-03: Congratulations to Junius Santoso for receiving a PhD Global Research Scholarship to perform research with our collaborators in Europe.
Soft Robotics Lab will perform robot demonstrations as part of TouchTomorrow
2016-09: Prof. Onal received the James Nichols Heald Research Award.
Our research on accessible robot making is featured in RoboHub
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.
2015-08: Congratulations to Erik Skorina for receiving a graduate research fellowship.
We received a new NSF grant for our research studying cyber-physical smart robotic prosthetic hands and human augmentation systems.