Soft Robotics and Biodesign Lab

Soft pneu-net actuators design

Programmable design of soft pneu-net actuators can generate coupled bending and twisting motions";

Welcome to Gu Research Group

he SJTU Soft robotics and biodesign (SRB) lab focuses on design, manufacturing, modeling and control of new bioinspired, soft robots for safe, compatible and adaptive interactions with humans and environments. SRB Lab is part of Robotics Institute, School of Mechanical Engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Our current research interests include soft robotics, bioinspired robot design and motion control, smart materials actuators and sensors, and additive manufacturing with soft materials. Example applications include soft wearable rehabilitation robots for assisting and restoring the ability of the humans with the upper extremity weakness in activities of daily living, bioinspired robotic systems for grasping and manipulation, and soft sensing systems for human-robot interaction.

Recent Publication

“Design, modeling and evaluation of fabric-based pneumatic actuators for soft wearable assistive gloves,” Soft Robotics, Accepted, December 24, 2019.

"Stretchable elastic synaptic transistors for neurologically integrated soft engineering systems", Science Advances, Accepted, July 6, 2019.

"Soft wall-climbing robots," Science Robotics, vol. 3, no.25, eaat2874, 2018.

"Fast-Response, Stiffness-Tunable Soft Actuator by Hybrid Multimaterial 3D Printing," Advanced Function Materials, vol. 29, no. 15, p. 1806698, 2019.

“Integrated soft ionotronic skin with stretchable and transparent hydrogel-elastomer ionic sensors for hand-motion monitoring,” Soft Robotics, Accepted, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 368-376, 2019.

"High-precision tracking control of a soft dielectric elastomer actuator with inverse viscoelastic hysteresis compensation," IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, vol 24, no. 1, pp. 36 – 44, 2019.

“Modeling of viscoelastic electromechanical behavior in a soft dielectric elastomer actuator,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 1263-1271, 2017.

“A survey on dielectric elastomer actuators for soft robots,” Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, vol. 12, no.1, p. 011003, 2017.

“Modeling and control of piezo-actuated nanopositioning stages: A survey,” IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, vol.13, no. 1, pp. 313-332, 2016.

“Programmable design of soft pneu-net actuators with oblique chambers can generate coupled bending and twisting motion,” Sensors & Actuators: A. Physical, vol. 271, pp. 131-138, 2018.

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Group Announcements

Our work on modeling and design of generalized pneu-net soft actuators with 3D deformations is accepted by Soft Robotics.

Our work on 3D printed programmable horseshoe lattice structures is accepted by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Plos One call for papers! The submission deadline has been extended to February 28, 2020. For more details, please click on the web link below:

Congratulations to Lisen! Our paper on Design, modeling and evaluation of fabric-based pneumatic actuators for soft wearable assistive gloves is accepted in Soft Robotics.

Congratulations to Jiang Zou for being supported by Shanghai Post-doctoral Excellence Program.

Congratulations of Advanced Robotics Best Paper Award of our paper "SkinGest: artificial skin for gesture recognition via filmy stretchable strain sensors" in Advanced Robotics.

Lei Tang defended his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations!

Welcome Professor Nicholas X. Fang from MIT visits our lab and gives a talk on Advancing Acoustic Application with Architectured Metamaterials.

Welcome Professor Kyujin Cho from Seoul National University visits our lab and gives a talk on Soft Robots with Physically Embodied Intelligence.

Welcome Dr. Babak Mostaghaci (Editor of Advanced Materials| Small| Advanced Materials Interfaces| Advanced Intelligent Systems| Advanced Theory & Simulations) from Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA visits our lab.

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Soft wall-climbing robot

A multimodal soft crawling-climbing robot

Fast-response, stiffness-tunable soft actuator

Hyper-redundant snake robot

DLP-based 3D Printing

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