Biologically inspired soft robotics and healthcare
with Yong-Lae Park, Ph.D.
Technology Development Fellow, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University

January 22, 2013
10 a.m.
ERC 490
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abstract
Innovation in soft sensor and actuator technologies is extremely important for future robots with medical applications, such as minimally invasive surgeries and human rehabilitation, where human-machine interactions are highly critical. This talk will describe the design and manufacturing processes for developing biologically inspired soft robots in healthcare, and will discuss novel manufacturing technologies for building multi-material, multi-functional, smart composite soft microstructures.

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Yong-Lae Park, Ph.D., is a Technology Development Fellow in the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, working on embedded optical sensing for robots in extreme environments. His current research focuses on bio-inspired soft robotics and micro-robotics for healthcare. Further interests include novel manufacturing technologies for soft smart structures at micro-scales. He was awarded a Technology Development Fellowship for independent postdoctoral research for three years from the Wyss Institute, in 2010. His recent paper on soft artificial skin was a cover article of the IEEE Sensors Journal in 2012.

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