Robotic skins have been finally published–kmT2dBy2–/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/myq1guwny0nbgdhzzucm.mp4   Several media organizations have covered it. Check out the articles at Science Robotics (full article, possible paywall) Yale University Science Gizmodo Smithsonian Magazine National Geographic Engadget Futurism Science News Eureka News Science Daily Astronomy Magazine ABC News I’ll publish more videos and photos as I have more […]


This fall semester, I was hired by Yale as a lecturer and research scientist. Lecturer positions at Yale are considered non-ladder faculty, unlike most universities where they are considered staff. My appointment as research scientist makes me eligible to pursue my own research program as a principle investigator. I am currently creating a brand new […]

I still have around a month before I can publish any of my results from the last two years, but my robotic skins work has finally be accepted to a Science journal!  Keep an eye out for it.

In my work on robotic skins, one issue we had to tackled was improving the off-board hardware.  A paper describing this advance has been accepted to RoboSoft 2018 and will come out in April.  Until then, we are investigating the possibility of patenting the technology.  Once the IP question is better defined, I will provide […]

So, we submitted our paper to Science Robotics.  The editors sent it back with positive feedback, but we’ve been working on improving the demonstrations in it. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Hi, guys!  It’s been a long time since I’ve updated because I have not been able to share my research yet.  I’m finally wrapping up my big project, though, and soon we will be submitting our research paper on active robotic skins.  I’ll post about it after I hear back on publication.

Thank you for the very positive response at IDETC for this worksheet.  This post is mostly to make it easier for those who attended IDETC to find the Design for Additive Manufacturing Worksheet. Find it here.

Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuators are great in soft robotics for many reasons, but a major drawback is that their response rate is largely limited by the cooling rate.  For many applications, it makes sense to cool (and heat) SMA’s with water.  However, when a wet SMA actuates, it constricts, and the tube it is […]

My wife and I enjoy playing board games together.  We have an excellent game called Mice and Mystics, which comes with unpainted figurines.  I have a few friends who paint miniatures, and I wanted to try my hand at it.  Below are the results.  

This project has been in the works since August 2015, when the boy scouts I work with asked me to build a Pikachu robot for them.  Between having a baby, research, and lack of funds to buy new parts, I finally have made some progress. Here it is using a 5-button toggle switch I was […]