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.


Taekyung Kim received a Best Presentation Award at the M.S. Thesis presentation (June. 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 Best Presentation Awards, respectively, at the Undergraduate Thesis Presentation (Dec. 2017).

Team SOFT (Yeong-gmin Yoon, Dongwook Kim, and Seungbin Baek) received a Merit Award at the X-Corp Challenge (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)

Soft Artificial Skin appears in the IEEE Life Science (2012).