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.
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.
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).
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)