- Robotic Implant for Tissue Repair
In this project, we develop a robotic implant that sustains the growth
of esophageal tissues to reconstruct the gastro-intestinal tract. The application has direct impact on long-gap esophageal atresia. The sensorimotor capabilities of the robot allows adaptive control of tissue growth while maintaining patient comfort. The robotic implant enables new approaches to tissue engineering and is a precursor to a clinical device (D.D.Damian et al.,2014).
(courtesy of Boston Globe 2013)
- Dynamical Coupling in Motor-Sensory Function Substitution
a prosthetic hand system, this research is about seeking efficient
methods to send sensory information back to the body. Our endeavors
consist in developing tactile sensing and display systems which exploit
morphology as a mean to encode exteroceptive and proprioceptive stimuli, and relay enriched
information to users of prosthetic hands.
- Soft highly-stretchable sensors
Soft-matter sensors and electronics have the potential to revolutionize medical robotics, wearable computing, and other application domains that require safe human-machine interaction or mechanical compatibility with natural human tissue and motion. An example of this technology is a capacitive liquid-based (eutectic gallium indium) conductive elastomer that senses pressure and shear.
- Elastic Actuators
Elastic and active elements will play a leading role in the development of dexterous and compliant robots. We fabricated and tested elastic functional structures with ferromagnetic properties capable of producing compressive stress and strain in the presence of magnetic fields. The elastic structure consists of a mixture of a soft elastomer and iron powder.
- Cyborg plant
Under biologically environmental stress
conditions, a robotic device contributes to restoring a healthy stable
state of an avocado plant by reading biological and morphological cues
from the plant and subsequently compensating with the missing resource (D. Cadosch et al., 2011).
(courtesy of UniMagazin, issue Nr 3, 19 Jahrgang, September 2010). Youtube