PMI/PCCM SEMINAR SERIES SPRING 2023: Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio, Yale University

Apr 26, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Bowen Hall Auditorium 222


Event Description

Shape-shifting Soft Robots that Adapt to Changing Tasks and Environments

Abstract: Soft robots have the potential to augment their morphology, properties, and behavioral control policy to adapt to different tasks and environments. Leveraging inspiration from metamorphosing and generally adaptive animals, this talk will introduce several shape-shifting soft robot platforms---robotic skins, robotic fabrics, and amphibious legged robots with morphing limbs---capable of editing their physical structure to perform tasks more efficiently under changing task demands or in multiple environments. The talk will also cover the multifunctional material systems---stretchable electronics, novel soft actuators, and variable stiffness materials---that enable predictable shape change. Harnessing these engineered materials and mechanisms yields the opportunity to rapidly access the gamut of adaptive capabilities exhibited by living organisms, including those that would only occur at very long evolutionary timescales. Correspondingly, this talk will discuss the notion of “adaptive morphogenesis:” a way for robots to adapt to their tasks or environments by exploiting biologically preternatural property changes.

Bio: Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio is the John J. Lee Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University. Focusing on the intersection of materials, manufacturing, and robotics, her group is deriving new multifunctional materials that will allow next-generation robots to adapt their morphology and behavior to changing tasks and environments. She is the winner of multiple early career awards including the NSF Career Award, the NASA Early Career Award, the AFOSR Young Investigator Award, and the ONR Young Investigator Award. She was named to the Forbes “30 under 30” list for her approach to manufacturing liquid metals through printable emulsions and scalable sintering methods. She received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers, for her development of robotic skins that turn inanimate objects into multifunctional robots. She serves as an Associate Editor of Soft Robotics and IEEE T-RO, as well as Senior Editor of IJRR, and was General Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft) in both 2020 and 2021. She was named an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2019, a National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Gilbreth Lecturer in 2022, and a National Academy of Science (NAS) Kavli Fellow in 2023. She also serves on the Technology, Innovation & Engineering Committee of the NASA Advisory Council.

All seminars are held on Wednesdays from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. in the Bowen Hall Auditorium Room 222. A light lunch is provided at 11:30 a.m. in the Bowen Hall Atrium immediately prior to the seminar.