Programming soft robots with flexible mechanical metamaterials

Materials Colloquium 2020 - October, 7th, 16:30


Ahmad Rafsanjani (SDU Biorobotics, University of Southern Denmark)

Soft robotics surged a bioinspired evolution in robot design through their highly deformable structure by enabling robots to interact adaptively with complex environments and cooperate safely with humans. Flexible mechanical metamaterials are compliant structures with exotic mechanical properties and complex deformation behavior associated with their unique architecture rather than their chemical makeup. Integrating the complex behavior of highly deformable metamaterials into the function of soft robots allows us to embody intelligent behavior into their structure and substantially enhance their performance. In this talk, I will present several examples in which flexible metamaterials can enable us to assign primitive forms of intelligent behavior to the body of soft robots and perform simple tasks.

Overview Materials Colloquium 2020