Throughout the series so far, soft robotics has come up over and over in different areas, from medicine to agriculture.
In this episode, Claire chatted to three roboticists working on different applications of this fascinating and fast-developing area of robotics: Dr Thomas Thuruthel (University of Cambridge), Angus Clark (Imperial College London) and Dr Jelizaveta Konstantinova (Ocado Technology).
Dr Thomas George Thuruthel is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge. He has a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India and a Master’s in Biorobotics from Waseda University, Japan. He received a PhD in Biorobotics from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy in 2019. His research focuses on the modelling and control of soft-bodied robotics systems using machine learning techniques.
Angus Clark is a researcher in the Robotic manipulation: Engineering, Design, and Science Lab, focussing on the development of Malleable Robotics – a new type of reconfigurable serial robot arms. He received the M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton in 2017 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Design Engineering Research at Imperial College London. His research interests include manipulation and grasping, soft robotics, extreme environment robotics, and exoskeletons and prosthetics.
Dr Jelizaveta Konstantinova is a research coordinator at Ocado Technology. She holds a PhD in Robotics from King’s College London, and her previous academic research was focused on medical robotics, force and tactile sensing for grasping, sensor fusion and intelligent grasping. Jelizaveta is currently working on developing external and internal collaborative research projects and connections with the focus on robotics and cutting-edge innovation.