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Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar: Kris Dorsey

February 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC), Room 136  (+ Google Map)


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Title: It’s a bit of a stretch: selective, flexible mechanical sensors towards VR, healthcare, and robotics applications


In this talk, Kris Dorsey will discuss work related to mechanically “programming” soft sensors to respond to a particular mechanical deformation. Advances in 3D-printing, soft polymer fabrication, and other rapid fabrication processes have made the vision of conformal and stretchable mechanical sensors for wearable devices and soft robotics possible. One limitation of these sensors is their low selectivity between different modes of mechanical deformation, such as strain, torsion, and bending.
She will present recent work in enhancing the selectivity of stretchable sensors. By using non-planar sensor morphology to bias the sensor towards a particular deformation mode, the selectivity of the sensor can be enhanced. She will discuss projects including designing a sensor with electrically-tunable sensitivity and the fabrication origami-patterned, deformation-selective flexible sensors.