SOFT ROBOTICS & BIONICS LAB

Soft, safe, and wearable robotics


Welcome to the Soft Robotics and Bionics Lab

Our research goal is to analyze the design and dynamics of biological systems and transform them into robotic/mechatronic systems for human life. We are interested in bio-inspired design of soft robots and development of novel manufacturing methods for multi-material smart structures.

Softness in Robotics

Soft systems are a promising direction for future biomedical systems in which human-machine interactions are highly critical. The use of soft sensing and actuation materials and flexible electronics are imperative to build systems that both interact with and assist humans, as our bodies are covered with soft tissues. Target example systems include soft wearable rehabilitation/assistive devices, motion-sensing suits for whole body biomechanics, active soft prosthetics and orthotics, soft surgical/interventional tools, and haptic interface devices.

Research Vision

We envision our research being a foundation to establish a design and manufacturing methodology for developing soft robots by implementing biological sensing and actuation mechanisms.

News

Taekyoung Kim received Global PhD Fellowship from National Research Foundation (NRF), Korea. One of only three winners in the country in mechanical engineering! (Aug. 2019).

"Sensorized Flat Pneumatic Artificial Muscle (sFPAM)" was selected as a cover article of Soft Robotics (Aug. 2019).

Sudong Lee received Kwanjeong Fellowship from Kwanjeong Educational Foundation, Korea (Jul. 2019).

Taekyoung Kim, Sohee John Yoon and Yong-Lae Park received the Best Conference Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (Apr. 2019).

Team LIRO (Junghan Kwon, Sehun Park, Dongwook Kim, Myungsun Park, Jaewoong Jung, Hyunsung Cho, and Yong-Lae Park) received the 1st Place Award for Wearable Challenge at the RoboSoft2019 Competition (Apr. 2019).

Team HMSG (Taekyoung Kim, Subyeong Ku, Hyungwoong Choi, and Yong-Lae Park) received the 2nd Place Award for Manipulation Challenge at the RoboSoft2019 Competition (Apr. 2019).

Team SRBL (Kyowook Shin, Junhyung Kim, Min Sik Choi, Youngjoon Baek, Sudong Lee, and Yong-Lae Park) received the 3rd Place Award for Locomotion Challenge at the RoboSoft2019 Competition (Apr. 2019).

Prof. Park organized the IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft 2019), Seoul, Korea, as the Program Chair (Apr. 2019).

Yeong Hyeon Jeong received an M.S. Thesis Presentation Award, Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University (Dec. 2018).

Junghan Kwon and Taekyoung Kim received Research Achievement Awards, respectively, Soft Robotics Research Center (SRRC) (Aug. 2018).

Taekyoung Kim received an M.S. Thesis Presentation Award, Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University (Jun. 2018).

Team SRBL (Jaein Kim, Kyowook Shin, Sehun Park, and Sohee John Yoon) received the Best Project Award at the Design for Manufacture class and presented their work at SMART (Jan. 2018). Click HERE for more details.

Dongwook Kim and Suhan Kim received Undergraduate Thesis Presentation Awards, respectively, Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University (Dec. 2017).

Team SOFT (Yeong-min Yoon, Dongwook Kim, and Seungbin Baek) received a Merit Award, X-Corp Challenge, Seoul National University (Nov. 2017).

Prof. Park received Okawa Foundation Research Grant Award (Dec. 2014). Click HERE for more details.

Robo-Ankle appears in Discovery News (Jan. 2014), New Scientist (Jan. 2014), Engadget (Jan. 2014), Med Device Online (Feb. 2014), and Pittsburgh Post-Gazatte (Feb. 2014)

Prof. Park received IEEE Sensors Journal Best Paper Award, IEEE Sensors Council (Nov. 2013). Click HERE for more details.

Prof. Park received NASA Tech Briefs Award, NASA Johnson Space Center (Sep. 2012). Click HERE for more details.

Soft Artificial Skin appears in the IEEE Life Science (Aug. 2012). Click HERE for more details.