Soft Care and Rehabilitation Robots (UT)

This tenure tracker will focus on the design and control of soft robots for care and rehabilitation, using additive manufacturing techniques in close collaboration with the bio-inspiration and human-robot interaction tenure trackers Additive manufacturing inherently incorporates anisotropic materials, reflected in ditto electrical, mechanical, thermal, etc. properties, requiring material science approaches to understand and describe the materials. A variety of printing methods is available, each with its own merits, but with the requirement to enable multi-material printing. The resulting printed objects will clearly be marked by the chosen method, design and printing strategy, determining resolution, accuracy, available material choices, robustness, lifetime, etc.