At “SiliconSynapse Lab”, we design bio-inspired robots, i.e., we are inspired by biology. Our works reside at the intersection of control theory and robotics, the intersection of theory and experiment. That said, the names ‘’Silicon’’ and ‘’Synapse’’ carried by the lab’s name are the fundamental components of the sensory feedback chains in robots and biological systems.

We are inspired by how our society has evolved in recent years. In many ways, smart cities are not science fiction to date, they are science fact. Today’s smart city technologies (e.g., Internet of Things, clouds and servers, data analytics and Cyber security) are advanced.

These large-scale Cyber physical systems must closely interact with their residents. These close interactions demand robots different than archetypical mobile robots witnessed before. For instance, our mobile robots must be able to safely operate at the proximity of humans and current robots cannot. Many biological examples can offer the desired characteristics for these interactions but is challenging to replicate them.

At SiliconSynapse Lab, our goal is to combat this challenge through design paradigm shifts towards multi-modal and soft morpho-functional systems. To achieve these goals, other than a wide range of analytical skills that encompass control theory subjects such as robust, adaptive, nonlinear & linear, optimal and embedded control, to name a few, we will combine our inspirations from nature with cutting-edge technological advancements such as composite-inlay fabrication, soft electronics and deployable mechanisms to design state-of-the-art solutions for our future smart cities.

Autonomous, robotic bat

This robotic bat could be the new delivery drone.

Posted by The Verge on Sunday, December 25, 2016