Applications of soft matter physics to design, fabrication, and characterization of soft robots and actuators.
Soft matter physicists have pioneered many exciting phenomena and novel methods from self assembly to microfluidics and understood these through the application of fundamental physical principles. Physicists have suggested many interesting potential technological applications that these newly observed phenomena and methods enable. I am interested in applying my background in soft matter physics to transferring new developments in the field to realizing new technological applications. In the process of developing new materials and methods, new questions arise regarding the fundamental physics and often leads to further potential applications. Using materials and methods such as liquid crystals and colloidal self assembly I hope to create new actuation mechanisms and soft robots while developing new physics to better understand these systems.
Ph.D. Physics, University of Pennsylvania, USA, 2017
Our goal is to understand the principles of Perception, Action and Learning in autonomous systems that successfully interact with complex environments and to use this understanding to design future systems