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.
Junghan Kwon received Best Ph.D. Thesis Award from the Dean of the College of Engineering, Seoul National University. One of only five winners among over 200 Ph.D. graduates in Fall 2021! (Aug. 2021).
Junghan Kwon successfully completed the Ph.D. thesis defense and accepted an offer for a postdoctoral fellow position from Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. Congrats! (Jun. 2021).
Sudong Lee received M.S. Thesis Presentation Award, Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University (Jun. 2021).
"Direct Printing of Sub-30 μm Liquid Metal Patterns on Three-Dimensional Surfaces for Stretchable Electronics" was selected as a ‘Highlight of 2020’ by the Editorial Board of Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering (Mar. 2021).
Minsik Choi and Sohee John Yoon received Silver Award from the Humantech Paper Award Competition organized by Samsung Electronics (Feb. 2021).
Taehwan Kim received M.S. Thesis Presentation Award, Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University (Dec. 2020).
"Soft Miniaturized Actuation and Sensing Units for Dynamic Force Control of Cardiac Ablation Catheters" was selected as a Cover Article of Soft Robotics (Oct. 2020).
Prof. Park received Best Application Paper Award from the IEEE Transactions on Haptics (Mar. 2020).
Prof. Park was selected as an JMM Emerging Leader from the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering (Jan. 2020).
DongWook Kim received M.S. Thesis Presentation Award, Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University (Dec. 2019).
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 Muscles (sFPAM) Embedded with Biomimetic Microfluidic Sensors for Proprioceptive Feedback" 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 (Gyowook 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 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 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)