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Department of Biology
Tufts University
200 Boston Ave.
Suite 2600
Medford, MA 02155
Tel: 857.204.9495

Takuya Umedachi
Post-Doctoral Scholar
Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/takuyaumedachi/

Research Interests
Biologically-inspired soft robotics. Animals, by exploiting soft, deformable and continuum mechanical properties of their bodies, are able to produce astoundingly adaptive, supple, and versatile locomotion under real world constraints. In order to endow robots with similar capabilities, we need to incorporate soft, deformable and continuum materials (having enormous degrees of freedom) into the mechanical design. However, this causes controllability and scalability problems because of intrinsic non-linear and viscoelastic responses associated with deformation. The goal of our research is to find design principles that allow us to build truly soft-bodied robots. We are currently building caterpillar-like soft-bodied robots with intrinsic capacities to deform, twist and crawl.

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