UROP in Soft Robotics, Summer 2017

We are investigating how to model highly elastic surfaces so we can make use of them for challenging dynamic manipulation tasks such as juggling through a robotic arm. This summer, we plan to validate our models and controller design by building a juggling experiment using a soft paddle attached to a robotic arm and a motion capture system. For this project, we make heavy use and further expand the tool set found in the Drake software (http://drake.mit.edu/)

If you are interested in a fun hands-on project and you had some exposure in the past to controls, mechanics, optimization, and  C++, please send your resume to Robert Katzschmann: rkk@csail.mit.edu

Advisors on this project: Daniela Rus (Distributed Robotics Laboratory) and Russ Tedrake (Robot Locomotion Group)

Some previous projects with soft robots can be found here: http://groups.csail.mit.edu/drl/wiki/index.php?title=Soft_Robotics