Continuous, compliant robots are morphologically intelligent: their inherent compliance helps them deflect around obstacles, handle delicate objects, and match impedance with their environments. Yet, soft systems are difficult to design, model, and control in the same situations where their potential is most apparent.
I am developing new ways to design, model and measure compliant and otherwise unruly robots whose shapes and behaviors do not necessarily fit in to traditional robotics frameworks. In this presentation, I will discuss how techniques from continuum mechanics can describe and characterize soft robots, and how soft robot design can be informed by physical principles. The work presented here will help to create new compact, resilient devices capable of sophisticated motions for medical devices, haptics, and manipulation of fragile objects.
Audrey Sedal is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor in Mechanical Engineering. She is interested in designing and controlling continuous, compliant robotic mechanisms for use in manipulation, exploration, and human assistance. She completed her undergraduate studies at MIT in 2015, and her Masters of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 2018. In 2019, Audrey was named a Rising Star in Mechanical Engineering.
Faculty Host: Chris Atkeson