Our group is interested in using microrobots as platforms to investigate biomechanics, fluid mechanics, and other interesting physical phenomena at the millimeter scale. Leveraging meso-scale fabrication methods, we develop microrobots and microrobotic devices that demonstrate novel functions unseen in larger, traditional robots.
An aerial robot powered by soft actuators (Nature, 11.4.2019)
This is the first heavier-than-air aerial robot that is solely actuated by soft actuators. In addition to demonstrating controlled flight, this robot can sense and survive in-flight collisions.