Yufeng (Kevin) Chen
Ass. Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA

Manipulating interfacial physics for novel multimodal and multiphase insect-scale robots

In this talk I will present two insect-scale robots capable of multimodal and multiphase locomotion. These works demonstrate microrobots can achieve novel functions that are absent in larger, traditional robots, thereby showing the unique potential of microrobots in applications such as inspection and environmental exploration in cluttered spaces. Towards developing a swarm of robust and multifunctional insect-scale robots, I will further present a new class of aerial microrobots – ones that are powered by high bandwidth soft actuators and equipped with rigid appendages for interactions with environments.