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 paper “Model-Based Control Can Improve the Performance of Artificial Cilia” . This paper is the result of a collaboration between our Soft Robotics Group at KU Leuven and the group of Cosimo Della Santina at TU Delft / DLR.
The semester is over and so it is the Soft robotics project 2018/19 for bachelor students of Engineering Sciences here at KU Leuven! The goal was to design and fabricate a Soft robot, which has at least two different locomotive modes. The final prototypes were shown during the demoday at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Congratulations everybody!
Tethering pneumatic soft robots with multiple degrees of freedom is bulky and unpractical. Our work just published in Advanced Materials describes a new approach to embed hardware intelligence in soft robots where multiple actuators are attached to the same pressure supply, and their actuation sequence is programmed by the interaction between nonlinear actuators and passive ﬂow restrictions.
We welcome Andrea, who will be a visiting student for this semester. Her work focuses on multi-segmented flexible bending actuators having an hardware-encoded inflation sequencing.