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Soft Robotics Podcast

Marwa ElDiwiny

This podcast is dedicated to the soft robotics community and audience who are interested in soft robotics technology. We interview guests from both academia and industry where we discuss their latest research besides highlighting the challenges that face soft robotics in the academic and industrial worlds. Since technology should interact with not only scientists, we are also interviewing philosophers, kids and laypeople how they feel and think about robotics.

                                        

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Soft Robotics With Sam Kriegman

9 APRIL 2020 · 1 hr 9 min

Intriguing discussion with Sam Kriegman “computer-designed organisms” Ph.D. graduate student at the university of Vermont “. How do the machines design the body shape and predict the global behavior of the complex structure? Besides highlighting the challenges, limitations, and potential of using merging AI with soft robotics morphological design.

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Robotics & AGI With Ben Goertzel

4 APRIL 2020 · 1 hr 6 min

In this episode, we thrilled to have Dr.Ben Goertzel the founder and CEO of SingularityNET, a blockchain-based AI marketplace. Dr.Ben spoke Robotics, AGI, decentralized AI blockchain services. 

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Generative Soft Robotics Design Inspired By Artbreeder

22 MARCH 2020 · 4 min

Inspired by artbreeder project where images combined using machine learning GAN (Generative Adversarial Network), Generative soft robotics design can be inspired by Art and GAN since it shares the high dimensional spaces.

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Joel Simon" Art, Machine Intelligence, and Soft Robotics Design"

20 MARCH 2020 · 57 min

Compelling discourse with Joel Simon about Art, Machine Intelligence and soft robotics, Joel is a multidisciplinary artist who does work on a generative design (GAN) and collaborative creative tool and network. We discuss interesting points about what's happening in the artbreeder. How will AI systems enhance and augment human creativity, how generative design could be a solution for the future of soft robotics design.

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Robotics With Wolf Vollprecht

18 MARCH 2020 · 54 min

Wolf is an experienced full-stack software developer at Quantstack, the developer of scikit-geometry. His current work focuses on making xtensor faster, and more useful in the context of robotics and machine learning. He finished his Master in Robotics, Systems and Controls at ETH Zurich in 2017 with a specialization in AI and Deep Learning.

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Soft Robotics With Xinyu Liu

12 MARCH 2020 · 52 min

“Skin-like sensors can stretch up to 400 percent of its length without breaking compared to human skin can only stretch about 50 percent ” Interesting discussion with Prof.Xinyu Liu, the head of Microfluidics and BioMEMS Lab at the University of Toronto, Prof.Xinyu shares their research about Skin-like sensors, challenges: durability, bio-compatibility, and fabrication. I hope you find it useful.

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Soft Robotics With Eric Diller

10 MARCH 2020 · 1 hr 1 min

Interesting discussion with Eric Diller " Micro-Soft Robotics" In this episode, Prof.Eric Diller, a professor at the University of Toronto What are the challenges in terms of actuation/ sensing/ control/ design when the soft robotics systems are reduced to micro-scale? What we have to consider in the designing/Fabrication process? could AI contribute to selecting the best structures for such microsystems? and more discourse points in the episode. I hope you enjoy it.

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Soft Robotics With Twinery MAS

 3 MARCH 2020 · 59 min

In this episode, we had a discussion with Sarah Dole and Pasindu from Twinery MAS is a part of MAS Holdings and the largest manufacturers in South Asia. Twinery MAS has open-challenges for students, researchers from academia where you can fruitful cooperation with Twinery MAS, for more details please check their website:https://www.twinery.co

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George Whitesides "Do we have a deep understanding of soft smart material complexity?"

27 FEB 2020 - 1 min

George Whitesides " Do we have a deep understanding of soft smart materials complexity"?

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Christoph Bartneck "Academia Funding and Politics"

27 FEB 2020 - 8 min

Interesting discourse by Christoph Bartneck on Academia Funding and Politics.

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Robotics With Christoph Bartneck

26 FEB 2020 - 1 hr 9 min

It was fun and interesting discussion with prof. Christoph Bartneck, associate Professor (Reader) and Director of Postgraduate Studies at University of Canterbury, and the host of Human-Robot Interaction podcast. In this episode, we discussed aspects of human robotics interaction, funding robotics research, and many interesting points in the episode.

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"Xenobot" Soft Robotics With Michael Levin

20 FEB 2020 - 1 hr 1 min

 “What is the Living robots” Which level of understanding is required for AI algorithms to predict the best structure of these robots, how they communicate with each other to make emergent behavior “swarm” #Xenobot. Very thoughtful and intriguing discussion with Michael Levin, a professor in the Biology department at Tufts, director of the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology. Prof.Levin spoke about living robots, modeling aspects, morphological computation, limitations, challenges, and more interesting points.

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Artash and Arushi " What Do Kids Think About Soft(Robotics)?"

13 FEB 2020 - 51 min

What do kids think about Soft(Robotics)? Artash and Arushi, the winners of NASA SpaceApps 2019/2018/2017/2014 speak about their projects, ideas, how the education system is supposed to be, their goals, advices.

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Soft Robotics With Rahim Mutlu

11 FEB 2020 - 57 min

Very interesting and thoughtful discourse with Dr.Rahim Mutlu, Lecturer at Wollongong University, associate investigator at ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials. Dr.Rahim stressed the importance of design and modeling of understanding smart soft materials behavior and more interesting points highlighted in the episode. 

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Soft Robotics With Mark Rentschler

10 FEB 2020 - 48 min

In this episode, we are pleased to have to prof. Mark Rentschler, the head of, advanced Medical Technologies Laboratory at the University of Colorado, and Co-founder & CTO at Aspero Medical. Prof.Mark speaks about the role of soft robotics in surgical robotics and how AI could contribute to soft robotics morphological computation. 

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Soft Robotics With Guang-Zhong Yang

7 FEB 2020 - 1 hr 10 min

Discussion with Prof.Guang-Zhong Yang, the co-founder and former director of Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery and former chairman of the UK-RAS Network. Prof.Guang shares with us his profound vision and thoughts about the field.

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Soft Robotics With Alin Albu-Schäffer

26 JAN 2020 - 1 hr 6 min

Alin Albu-Schäffer, the head of the mechatronics and robotics at German Aerospace Centre DLR speaks about their research and challenges to solve.

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Foldaway Haptics With Stefano Mintchev

25 JAN 2020 - 1 hr 6 min

Very interesting episode with Stefano Mintchev, the co-Founder and CTO at Foldaway haptics a spin-off-EPFL, Foldaway-haptics developed origami-inspired robots to Mercedes-Benz for their VISION AVTR concept car. We spoke about the challenges they face to bring the product to markets, the on-going upgrades for fold way-haptics and robotics.

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Soft Robotics With George Whitesides

23 JAN 2020 - 1 hr 36 min

It such an honor to have prof. George Whitesides, Founding Core Faculty Wyss Institute at Harvard University, bright minds came out from him like “Robert Sheperd, AdamStokes, Conor Walsh”. He also co-founder of SoftRoboticsInc. Prof.Whitesides shared with us his very rich experience in soft robotics, I was amazed at how wisdom, intelligence, and simplicity he has. 

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Rolls-Royce Swarm Soft Robotics With James Kell

20 JAN 2020 - 47 min

Dr. James KellTechnologist - In-Situ Repair at Rolls-Royce speaks about Rolls Royce Nano Robot Bugs and Snakes to Repair Jet Engine. In this episode, he highlighted the challenges and the expectations behind this project.

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Soft Robotics With Tommaso Ranzani

20 JAN 2020 - 51 min

Thoughtful and interesting discussion with Prof.Tommaso Ranzani, the head of Morphable Biorobotics, Boston University. His work on fabricating novel reconfigurable soft-bodied across different scales is highlighted (more in the episode). His research focuses on exploring different technologies and developing manufacturing paradigms to design and fabricate innovative robotic systems. His main research area is soft robotics. He has explored soft robotic technologies to develop novel manipulators, which integrate design principles from biological systems to perform advanced procedures in minimally invasive surgery (MIS).

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Soft Robotics With Ali Sadeghi

20 JAN 2020 - 58 min

Prof.Ali, an assistant professor at the Department of Biomechanical Engineering at the University of Twente and one of the tenure trackers of the 4TU Dutch Soft Robotics Program. After several years of working in the industry, he began his academic career as a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Tehran (2004-2010), where he developed several service robots (e.g. power line pole climbing and domestic robots), as well as polymer micromachining facilities. His passion for soft robotics was born and grown at the Center for Micro-Bio Robotics of Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) where I worked from January 2010 to July 2019. During this period, he mainly focused on the design and unconventional manufacturing of soft-bodied robots, particularly inspired by biological models such as plants, sea urchin, and octopus. Inspired by plant movements, I pioneered the new concept of Growing Robots (robots moving and adapting by creating their own structure) and succeeded in inventing the world’s first examples of these robots by incorporating additive manufacturing technology as part of the robot structure.

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Trailer: What Do Kids Think About Robotics?

10 JAN 2020 - 3 min

Trailer: What Do Kids Think About Robotics?

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Peter-Paul Verbeek: "The Philosophy of Technology: Robotics"

6 JAN 2020 - 1 hr 21 min

What is the philosophy of robotics technology? Can capitalism and socialism integrate for making sure the robots are not going to lead to social inequality? Very intriguing and thoughtful discussion with Prof.Peter-Paul Verbeek, The chairman of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, The philosopher of technology, chair of the philosophy department at the University of Twente. Prof. Peter-Paul was one of the 18 members of this worldwide network of experts studying ethical issues related to science and technology. In this episode, we discussed the philosophy of robotics technology and ethical considerations for shaping the technology and how we can decrease social inequality while enhancing technology and more. 

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Helge A Wurdemann " How soft robotics can be integrated into Autonomous Vehicle?"

4 JAN 2020 - 6 min

Helge A Wurdemann " How soft robotics can be integrated into Autonomous Vehicle?". Helge and his collaborator are working on integrating soft robotics in the autonomous vehicles through designing a soft shape-changing driver's seat to inform the driver when it's necessary to change between different levels of autonomy.

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Ian Buck: What Does High School Teacher Think about Robotics?

31 DEC 2019 - 1 hr 8 min

Ian Buck: What Does High School Teacher Think about Robotics? A very informative and enjoyable discussion featuring how podcasting could be integrated into robotics education. Ian Buck is a podcaster and high school teacher focused on computer technology. He hosts the podcast The Extra Dimension, which explores the ethical and social implications of technology. He also narrated the audiobook Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK.

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Chris Berrow: What does Television presenter Think about Robotics?

30 DEC 2019 - 1 hr 11 min

What does Television presenter Think about Robotics? Very interesting and enjoyable discussion with Chris Berrow, Chris is a Presenter @BBCWorldService, @BBCRadio3 @BBCRadioLincsBBC Radio Lincolnshire. He also hosts the New gaming podcast! @nakedgamingpod. In this theme, we discussed many interesting broad points.

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Mark van Rijmenam: How do organisations think about Robotics and AI?

24 DEC 2019 - 58 min

Mark van Rijmenam: How do organizations think about Robotics and AI. In this episode, we are thrilled to have Dr.Mark Rijmenam, the founder of Datafloq. In this episode, Dr.Marc explains how do organizations think about Robotics and AI? Technology & Capitalism and its societal consequences and diverse related topics. Datafloq is the one-stop source for emerging tech, offering C-level Executives information, insights, knowledge and opportunities to drive innovation with data.

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"New morphological soft bodies allow us to take a completely new approach to the controller design"

22 DEC 2019 - 7 min

Helmut Hauser" New morphological soft bodies allow us to take a completely new approach to controller design. How you can change the morphology growing through interaction with the environment? you don't want to control every single degree of freedom and how this would affect the computation."

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Soft Robotics With Luuk van Laake

19 DEC 2019 -  1 hr 15 min

In this episode, we have an interesting discussion with Luuk van Laake, a research graduate at Soft Robotic Matter at ALMOF. We discussed intriguing projects about soft robotics, metamaterials running at Bas Overvelde's lab. 

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Evan Ackerman "What Do Tech Journalist Think About Robotics?"

16 DEC 2019 -  1 hr 3 min

What do tech journalists think about robots? In this theme, we are delighted to have Evan Ackerman, the senior writer for IEEE Spectrum’s award-winning robotics blog, Automaton. Since 2007, he has written over 6,000 articles on robotics and emerging technology, In this episode, Evan interestingly illustrates how tech journalists report about robotics and make sure there is no hype.

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Part 2: Noel Sharkey" How We Can Make Robotics Beneficial for Humanity As A Whole?"

13 DEC 2019 -  58 min

"How We Can Make Robotics Beneficial for Humanity As A Whole?" Very intriguing discussion with Noel Sharkey. Noel is best known to the British public for his appearances on television as an expert on robotics; including the BBC Two television series Robot Wars and Techno Games, and co-hosting Bright Sparks for BBC Northern Ireland. He is chair ICRAC and responsible robotics. In part1, we discussed diverse and broad topics of robotics and AI.

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Robert Shepherd: "Embodied Energy: How Could soft Robot Perform Operations For Longer Periods?"

9 DEC 2019 -  2 min

Robert Shepherd: “Embodied energy: How could soft robots perform operations for longer periods in a reliable and untethered way? How to reduce the complexity required for the control system that's operating the robot?”.

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Part 1: Noel Sharkey" How We Can Make Robotics Beneficial for Humanity As A Whole?"

5 DEC 2019 -  1 hr 9 min

"How We Can Make Robotics Beneficial for Humanity As A Whole?" Very intriguing discussion with Noel Sharkey. Noel is best known to the British public for his appearances on television as an expert on robotics; including the BBC Two television series Robot Wars and Techno Games, and co-hosting Bright Sparks for BBC Northern Ireland. He is chair ICRAC and responsible robotics. In part1, we discussed diverse and broad topics of robotics and AI. 

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Antonio Bicchi: "Never get anything for granted! Check out everything that being said to you."

2 DEC 2019 -  1 min

Antonio Bicchi's advice for researchers and students "Never get anything for granted! Check out everything that is said. It's not because something has been always said that it is through."

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Soft Robotics With Gursel Alici

27 NOV 2019 -  1 hr 11 min

In this episode, we are delighted to have prof. Gursel Alici, the Soft Robotics Theme Leader and a Senior Professor at the University of Wollongong. Prof.Gursel shares with us his profound and rich expertise over twenty years besides reflecting his thoughts about the field. 

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"Soft Robotics maybe an unfortunate name! Damaged-robots would grow, using pre-damaged controller”

25 NOV 2019 -  3 min

Josh Bongard "Soft robotics is maybe an unfortunate name for this type of robotics because soft robots are sort of traditional robotics as non-linear dynamics to linear dynamics. Linear dynamics are sort of in a specific case of non-linear dynamics where the non-linearity is its intrinsic identity.

One of the interesting work done by Josh's lab: "deeply- damaged robots to try and recover, they weren't able to recover so much by adapting their control policy and keeping their damaged shape constant. Instead, evolution was better able to find a compensating shape for the robot. In some cases, the damaged robot would grow back the lost limbs and it could carry on moving with its pre-damaged control policy".

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Soft Robotics With Helmut Hauser

20 NOV 2019 -  54 min

A well-thought and an intriguing episode with Dr. Helmut Hauser, a Senior Lecturer in Robotics at Bristol Robotics Laboratory. In this episode, Helmut highlights the latest research and challenges they face besides exposing his thoughts about the field.

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Understanding When should you use a controller or an embodied Intelligence for Soft Robotics?

18 NOV 2019 -  3 min

Allison Okamura" It is challenging to have a precise controller, part of the challenge is understanding when you should use controller or sort of embodied intelligence".

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Soft Robotics With Helge Wurdemann

12 NOV 2019 -  53 min

An intriguing and insightful discussion with Dr. Helge Wurdemann, Head of the Soft Haptics and Robotics Lab at UCL. In this episode, Dr.Helge highlights interesting applications of soft robotics and the challenges they face, besides reflecting his musing about the field.

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Soft Robotics With Fumiya Iida

6 NOV 2019 -  1 hr 1 min

An insightful and outspoken episode with Dr. Fumiya Iida, the leader of the bio-inspired robotics lab at Cambridge University, and co-chair of IEEE RAS Soft Robotics TC. In this episode, we discussed different topics besides exposing Fumiya's thoughts about the field. Special thanks to Dr.Fumiya for his sincere support for the podcast.

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"You always have a choice" Advice by Jamie Paik

4 NOV 2019 -  3 min

"You always have a choice" Advice by Jamie Paik

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How controllers get the task is done without destroying the natural dynamics of soft robots

3 NOV 2019 -  4 min

"How controllers get the task is done without destroying the natural dynamics of soft robots. These controllers don't explore the elasticity" prof. Antonio explains what are the solutions to counter this problem.

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Clip: Sim2real in Soft Robotics

30 OCT 2019 -  6 min

"Is this replicable by anyone in the world? What we can learn or extract from it"

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Soft Robotics With Oliver Brock

29 OCT 2019 -  1 hr 15 min

Profound and outspoken discussion with Prof.Oliver Brock, the director of the Robotics and Biology Laboratory at Berlin Institute of Technology. In this episode, a different spectrum of topics is discussed: the hype of using AI in robotics research to reproducibility problems and what could be the solution. 

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Soft Robotics with Julian Martijn

25 OCT 2019 -  54 min

Everyone has a story that could give them an impetus to come up with new solutions. Intriguing discussion with Julian Martijn, the founder of the first soft sleeping robot, we discussed different topics about how someone is human-friendly designed, regulations, and the next-generations features.

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Soft Robotics with Adam Stokes

21 OCT 2019 -  59 min

An inspiring and intriguing episode with Dr.Adam A. Stokes, the Director of The Soft Systems Group at The University of Edinburgh. In this episode, Dr.Adam shares his broad experience with soft robotics and related interdisciplinary research fields besides highlighting his thoughts about challenges that could soft robotics.

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Soft Robotics with Josh Bongard

16 OCT 2019 -  49 min

A fascinating and in-depth discussion with Josh Bongard, a professor at the University of Vermont about soft robotics and AI. We discussed different topics about sim2real and shape-changing morphology in soft robotics, it was a very informative discussion.

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Swarm Robotics With Sabine Hauert

16 OCT 2019 -  50 min

Interesting episode with Sabine Hauert, an Assistant Professor in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. I hope you would enjoy this discussion about her work in Swarm Robotics and how it would go hand in hand at some point with Soft Robotics. 

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Soft Robotics with Guy Hoffman

11 OCT 2019 -  46 min

In this episode, we were delighted to have Prof.Guy Hoffman, an Assistant Professor at Cornell University. I really enjoyed this discussion, we discussed a variety of topics and issues in the field of Soft Robotics and human-robot interaction.

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Soft Robotics With Jamie Paik

4 OCT 2019 -  43 min

In this episode, We have Prof. Jamie Paik, the founder of the Reconfigurable Robotics Lab at EPFL. I really enjoyed this interesting and thoughtful discussion by Prof.Jamie. 

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Soft Robotics with Gina Olson

1 OCT 2019 -  38 min

In this episode, we interviewed Gina Olson who is a PhD Candidate in Robotics and Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University. Her current work focuses on understanding and improving single- and multiple-actuator soft robotic systems for underwater applications. She is specifically interested in models formulated for design and novel fabrication techniques. Gina earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2010, and her Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from California Institute of Technology in 2011. Prior to attending Oregon State University, Gina worked as a Technical Lead Engineer at Meggitt Polymers and Composites, designing and certifying engine seals for commercial passenger aircraft.

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Soft Robotics with Cecilia Laschi

30 SEP 2019 -  51 min

In this episode, we have interviewed Prof.Cecilia Laschi, a professor at the BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa.

I really enjoyed this talk, we spoke about different topics starting from her research, and philosophical related to the field.

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Soft Robotics with Antonio Bicchi

3 SEP 2019 -  1 hr 4 min

In this episode, we interviewed Antonio Bicchi who is a Professor of Robotics at the University of Pisa, and Senior Scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa. He graduated from the University of Bologna in 1988 and was a postdoc scholar at M.I.T. Artificial Intelligence lab in 1988–1990. He teaches Robotics and Control Systems in the Department of Information Engineering (DII) of the University of Pisa. He leads the Robotics Group at the Research Center "E. Piaggio'' of the University of Pisa since 1990, where he was Director from 2003 to 2012. He is the head of the SoftRobotics Lab for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation at IIT in Genoa. Since 2013 he serves ad Adjunct Professor at the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering of Arizona State University.

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Soft Robotics with Yasmin Ansari

7 AUG 2019 -  24 min

In this episode, we interviewed Yasmin Ansari who received her B.Sc. and M.Sc in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan in 2008 and 2011, respectively. From 2011 – 2014, she served as a full-time lecturer for undergraduate courses in computer engineering at Prince Muhammad bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia. She then pursued her doctoral degree in Biorobotics as a Marie-curie research fellow from The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy, graduating in 2018. Currently, she is a post-doctoral research fellow at The BioRobotics Institute. Her research interests lie in the control of soft robotic systems and artificial intelligence. She has previously worked in SMART-E and I-Support projects and is currently involved with the Grow-Bot project.

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Soft Robotics with Geoffrey Spinks

7 AUG 2019 -  41 min

In this podcast, we interviewed Geoffrey Spinks, a senior Professor at the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials. Geoffry is currently the Challenge Leader for Making Future Industries at the University of Wollongong's Global Challenges Program. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in 1990 for his work on the mechanical behavior of polymers and he has maintained a research interest in this area specializing in mechanical actuator materials (artificial muscles). Geoff has published over 200 journal articles, including 5 co-authored articles in Science magazine. He is the co-recipient of more than $35m in grant funding. He had more than 10,000 citations and an "h-index" of 49. Geoff has worked closely with industry including sabbatical leave with BHP Research and Allied Signal Inc. (USA) and collaborative projects funded by industry and through the ARC Linkage and CRC schemes. Geoff has had a strong engagement with teaching across all levels of engineering materials and was the co-founder of UoW’s bachelor's degrees in Nanotechnology.

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Soft Robotics with Robert Shepherd

7 AUG 2019 -  17 min

In this episode, we interviewed Robert Sheperd, associate professor at Cornell University, Rob Shepherd received his B.S. (2002) and Ph.D. (2010) in Material Science at the University of Illinois where his research focused on developing polymeric and colloidal suspensions as 'inks' for 3D printers. He also fabricated microfluidic devices to synthesize single micron to millimeter -scale parts (e.g., glass and silicon microgears). Concurrently to performing this research, he received his M.B.A. (2009) at U of I and started a company, worked with several other startups, and gained significant experience with the details of market research, financials, accounting issues, and legal aspects of entrepreneurship. In 2010, he continued his education as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University in George Whitesides's research group in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. In this group, he developed pneumatic actuators in soft elastomers that took the form of a machine capable of moving in multiple gaits: walking and undulating. These actuators have also been used for low-cost manipulators, and in concert with a microfluidic system for biomimetic camouflage & display.

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Soft Robotics with Ian Walker

7 AUG 2019 - 18 min

In this episode, we interviewed Ian Walker, a professor at Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clemson University. Walker's research centers on robotics, particularly novel manipulators and manipulation. His group is conducting basic research in the construction, modeling, and application of biologically-inspired "trunk, tentacle, and worm" robots. Their work is strongly motivated by the dexterous appendages found in cephalopods, particularly the arms and suckers of octopus, and the arms and tentacles of a squid. The ongoing investigation of these animals reveals interesting functional aspects of their structure and behavior.

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Soft Robotics with Carmel Majidi

7 AUG 2019 - 53 min 

In this episode, we interviewed Carmel Majidi, who is an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Carmel's mission is to discover materials, hardware architectures, and fabrication methods that allow robots and machines to behave like soft biological organisms and be safe for contact with humans. The aim is to replace the bulky and rigid hardware in existing robots with soft, lightweight, and deformable technologies that match the functionality of natural biological tissue. Currently, his group is focused on filled-elastomer composites and soft microfluidic systems that exhibit unique combinations of mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties and can function as “artificial” skin, nervous tissue, and muscle for soft robotics and wearables. I’m particularly interested in approaches that are practical from a rapid prototyping and robotics implementation perspective. This includes efforts to enable robust mechanical and electrical interfacing between soft-matter systems and conventional microelectronics and hardware.

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Soft Robotics with Bram Vanderborght

7 AUG 2019 -  50 min 

In this episode, we interviewed Bram Vanderborght is professor robotics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. he is a member of the interdisciplinary Brussels Human Robotics Research Center (BruBotics). His research interests include cognitive and physical human-robot interaction, robot-assisted therapy, humanoids and rehabilitation robotics with the core technology of using variable impedance actuators.

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Soft Robotics with Allison Okamura

7 AUG 2019 -  51 min 

In this episode, we interviewed Allison Okamura, a professor at the Mechanical Engineering Dept, Stanford University, and the leader of the CHARM LAB. Allison Okamura received the BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and the MS and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. She is Professor in the mechanical engineering department at Stanford University, with a courtesy appointment in computer science. She is an IEEE Fellow and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the journal IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Her awards include the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics Early Career Award, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award, and the NSF CAREER Award. Her academic interests include haptics, teleoperation, virtual reality, medical robotics, soft robotics, rehabilitation, and education.

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