Welcome to the soft robotics group of the KU Leuven. Our research focuses on the design, fabrication and application of soft robotic systems, ranging from centimeters to micrometers in size. We are exploring the intersection of soft robotics and mechanical instabilities to create interactive soft robotic matter, embodying functionality throughout the hardware of the soft robot.

The aim of the group is to revolutionize the robotic world by introducing flexible materials in the design, going from hard to soft robots and from software to hardware intelligence.


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Modelling embodied intelligence in soft fluidic networks with FONS

Inflatable soft robots are much more than soft actuators for gripping delicate objects. They are rich dynamic structures capable of memory and computations all on their own. Carefully designed soft robotic systems therefore do not require any electronic control at all to perform complex functions. Instead, their geometry and materials automatically react to stimuli from … Continue reading Modelling embodied intelligence in soft fluidic networks with FONS

Job openings

We are currently looking for two PhD students! Both PhD projects will be part of the ERC starting grant of prof. Benjamin Gorissen, on building interactive fluidic state machines for soft robotics, called project ILUMIS. Both will be transforming the field of soft robotics by harnessing nonlinearities in a fluidic network, one focusing on the … Continue reading Job openings

Best Communication Award at RoboSoft 2021!

Bringing together Artificial Cilia and Model-Based Control has captured the interest of the Soft Robotics community! Congratulations to Edoardo, Benjamin and Dominiek alongside with Francesco Stella and Cosimo Della Santina from TU Delft for winning the Best Communication Award at the 4th edition of the IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft 2021) with the … Continue reading Best Communication Award at RoboSoft 2021!

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