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  • Feb
    4

    CRB Seminar Series: Soft Machines, Hard at Work

    Center for Robotics and Biosystems

    3:00 PM LR3/151, Technological Institute

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    Prof. Herb Shea at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, where he leads the Soft Transducers Lab (EPFL-LMTS) for wearable haptics.

    Speaker: Dr. Herb Shea, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Soft Transducers Lab (EPFL-LMTS) at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

    Date and Time: Friday, February 4 at 3:00 p.m. CT

    Location: Hybrid Seminar in Tech LR3 and Zoom

    Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/CRBSeminar

    • NU-authenticated attendees will be automatically admitted. Others, please email Amy Nedoss at amy.nedoss@northwestern.edu to be admitted from the waiting room.

    Abstract:

    Soft robots require efficient, fast, and strong actuators. Pneumatic actuation is effective, but needs a compressor or pump, which is a major impediment to untethered, quiet and portable operation. Dr. Herb Shea will present his lab’s work on wearable haptics and soft robots driven by electrostatic actuators, which offer system-level advantages for a wide range of applications, especially when dozens of actuators are needed, for instance to convincingly create a sense of touch in VR.

    The lab works at the mm to cm scale, combining soft elastomers with high permittivity and high electrical breakdown strength films, to create compliant transducers with high energy density. He will discuss the design and materials challenges in making soft machines generate high forces, showing examples such as sub-20 µm thick on-skin arrays of actuators for cutaneous haptics, sub-mm thick high force textile-based clutches for kinesthetic haptics, and compliant grippers able to hold 1000x their weight.

    Bio:

    Herbert Shea is a professor of mechanical engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, where he leads the Soft Transducers Lab (EPFL-LMTS). Herb holds a PhD in physics from Harvard University (1997). He was as a postdoctoral fellow at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights for two years, and then worked for four years at Bell Labs (then part of Lucent Technologies) on the reliability of MEMS. Since 2004, Herb is a faculty member at EPFL, where his research is centered on electrically driven elastomer-based actuators for wearables, haptics and soft robotics. Herb and his team address the fabrication, design and materials challenges that must be solved to develop high force density and high energy density soft actuators on the mm to cm scale. They then apply their research to ultra-thin wearable haptics and to the dexterous manipulations of delicate objects.

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    TIME Friday, February 4, 2022 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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  • Mar
    12

    Winter Classes End

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    TIME Saturday, March 12, 2022

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  • Mar
    19

    Spring Break Begins

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    TIME Saturday, March 19, 2022

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  • Mar
    28

    Spring Break Ends

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    TIME Monday, March 28, 2022

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  • Mar
    29

    Spring Classes Begin 8 a.m.

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    TIME Tuesday, March 29, 2022

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  • May
    30

    Memorial Day (no classes)

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    TIME Monday, May 30, 2022

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