Our group is also dedicated to the use of our research, and robotics in general, as platforms for education on all levels. We communicate our works to audiences outside of academia to inspire young students to pursue studies in engineering and sciences.


We co-organize a soft-robotics workshop with Prof. Hao Su’s group at The City University of New York (CUNY). This workshop is entitled “Challenges and Opportunities of Soft Robotics Workshop: Research, Applications, and Education”, and it is one of the five workshops at AIM 2020. If you are interested, please visit the website for more information. In addition to all the inspiring talks, Prof. Chen gives a presentation on our recent progress on developing soft-actuated aerial robots.

2019 and earlier

Prof. Chen gives a teaser talk at the Imagination in Action event organized by the MIT media lab. We introduce the locomotive capabilities of insect-scale robots, the challenges and potential applications relating to these systems.

Prof. Chen was a graduate student at the Harvard Microrobotics lab. As a member of the RoboBee project, he contributed to an exhibition held in the Boston Science Museum, which attracted over 100,000 visitors annually.

Prof. Chen attended the summer annual meeting held by the World Economic Forum in 2016. Along with his colleague Dr. Elizabeth Farrell Helbing, they brought a swarm of 40 RoboBees to the exhibition and presented the RoboBee project to worldwide leaders from academia, government, business, and society.