ICIRA2021 Invited Speech Given by Prof. Guoying Gu

2021-04-13 09:12:25

Soft Robotics Technology for Merging Mechanism and Intelligence

Prof. Guoying Gu

August 7,2021,Yantai

- Presentation Abstract

Conventional robots using rigid structural elements and high-output motors have enabled great progress in automated assembly and manufacturing. An increasing number of robots need to interact safely with humans, manipulate soft and delicate objects, or need to move in confined environments. Soft robotics allowing safe interaction with people and the environment is a rapidly growing field as the robotic function can be directly created by using the concept of machine intelligence in soft materials. However, due to nonlinear large deformation and infinite degree-of-freedom of soft materials and structures, there are grand challenges in the design, modeling, control, and applications of soft robots. In this talk, I will give an overview of the soft robotics technology, and various soft robotic systems merging mechanism and intelligence that are being developed at SJTU. These examples also demonstrate that the concept of mechanical intelligence simplifies the design of bioinspired robots and enables new opportunities to bridge the gap between robots and organisms.

- Bio Sketch

Prof. Guoying Gu received the B.E. degree in electronic science and technology, and the Ph.D. degree in mechatronics engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), Shanghai, China, in 2006 and 2012, respectively.

Since October 2012, he has worked at SJTU, where he is currently appointed as a Professor of the School of Mechanical Engineering. He was a Humboldt Fellow with the University of Oldenburg, Germany. He was a Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National University of Singapore, and Concordia University. His research interests include soft robotics, bioinspired and wearable robots, smart materials sensing, actuation, and motion control. He is the author or co-author of over 100 publications, which have appeared in Science Robotics, National Science Review, IEEE Trans., etc., as book chapters and in conference proceedings.

Prof. Gu received the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. Now he serves as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics and IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters . He has also served for several journals as Editorial Board Member , Topic Editor , or Guest Editor , and several international conferences/symposiums as Chair , Co-Chair , Associate Editor , or Program Committee Member.