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

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

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

Taekyung 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.