Welcome to the Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab at UC San Diego led by Prof. Michael T. Tolley. Our research focuses on borrowing ideas from nature to inspire engineered systems with new capabilities. In particular, we are interested in soft robotics, fabrication by folding, and self-assembly. Please see the Research section for details.


Lab News

  • Ben Shih et al. chosen Best Poster Award Finalists at the 2017 SoCal Robotics Symposium!
    Congratulations to Ben Shih and coauthors Dylan Drotman, Caleb Christianson, Ruffin White, Zhaoyuan Huo, Henrik Christensen, and Michael Tolley who were selected Best Poster Award Finalists at the 2017 SoCal Robotics Symposium for their poster entitled A Soft Robotic Gripper Capable of In-Hand Manipulation Augmented with Soft Sensor Skin for Tactile Sensing.

    http://socal-robotics.org/cfp.html

    Update: this work also received an honorable mention at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering 2017 Research Expo!
    http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/re/
    Posted by Michael Tolley
  • Caleb Christianson competes in UC San Diego Grad Slam competitive speaking event finals!
    Congratulations to Caleb who made it through two rounds of the UC San Diego Grad Slam public speaking competition to compete in the campus finals yesterday!  This event involves presenting grad student research in a "TED-style" talk for a general audience. Evaluated by a panel of external judges, Caleb finished among the top 8 presenters from across campus!

    http://gradlife.ucsd.edu/?page_id=1020
    Posted Apr 6, 2017, 3:58 PM by Michael Tolley
  • Caleb Christianson wins First Place SPIE Best Student Paper Award at SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2017!
    Congratulations to lab member Caleb Christianson for winning the First Place SPIE Best Student Paper Award at the SPIE Smart Structures/NDE event this week in Portland Oregon! Caleb won for his paper entitled "Fluid electrodes for submersible robotics based on dielectric elastomer actuators". This award comes with a cash prize of $500.
    Posted Apr 4, 2017, 2:44 PM by Michael Tolley
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