MISSION

The Adaptation Robotic Manipulation Laboratory focuses on a variety of topics in robotic manipulation, including underactuated robotic grasping, kinematically redundant manipulation, teleoperative robotic surgery surgical training, and wearable human augmentation devices. The goal of this research is to leverage our knowledge of human and animal motion (locomotion, grasp synergies, robustness to uncertainty and variation), novel embedded sensing and actuation methods (soft sensors, biosensors, transformable structures), and computational design methods (machine learning, evolutionary optimization) to create robotic devices that boast the versatility and adaptability of biological organisms/manipulators while possessing the precision, strength and speed of man-made machines.


OPPORTUNITIES
There are several undergraduate opportunities in soft robotics and human augmentation available for summer and fall of 2021. Please see the Opportunities page for details on how to apply.
OUTREACH
There are several undergraduate opportunities in soft robotics and human augmentation available for summer and fall of 2021. Please see the Opportunities page for details on how to apply.

RECENT NEWS

  • Award (April 2021): Bryanna Lima’s research presentation entitled “Providing Proprioceptive Feedback Via A Simultaneous Skin Stretch and Vibrotactile Haptic Display” won Second Place Explore Presentation Award at the 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congratulations, Bryanna!
  • Award (April 2021): Alex’s presentation entitled “A Pneumatic Compression Vest for Transthoracic Manipulation of Ventilation-Perfusion in Critical Care Patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Caused by Covid-19” tied for Second Place in DMD Three-in-Five Competition
  • Publications (February 2021): Alicia Molina’s paper entitled The Effect of Mechanical Coupling on the Perception of Haptic Feedback was accepted for publication at the 2021 Design of Medical Devices (DMD) Conference.
  • Publications (February 2021): Lucas Tiziani’s paper entitled Factor Graph-Based Trajectory Optimization for a Pneumatically-Actuated Jumping Robot” was accepted for publication at the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).