sanan at seas.harvard.edu
I am currently a Postdoctoral fellow at the Wyss Institute, Harvard University. I work in the Biodesign lab with Prof. Conor Walsh on wearable soft robots.
Prior to my arrival at Harvard, I was working on estimation in soft environments for surgical applications with Prof. Howie Choset at the Biorobotics lab, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.
I completed my PhD at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University where I worked with Prof. Chris Atkeson on developing soft inflatable robots for safe physical interaction with humans.
Inflatable robots, like the ones pictured below developed during my thesis research at CMU, are extremely lightweight and compliant making them remarkably safe for physical interaction with people. These robots can also be manufactured at a cost that is orders of magnitude lower than traditional robots.
It's exciting to learn that our research in soft and inflatable robots is also influencing the way robots are depicted in pop-culture. The Disney movie Big Hero 6 features Baymax – a friendly, helpful and very huggable inflatable robot.
Read the interview with the director here. Watch the trailer below:
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