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The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering Offer a New Interdisciplinary Doctoral ProgramAs a recipient of the National Science
Foundation's prestigious IGERT (Integrative Graduate
Education and Research Traineeship) award, we are charged
with establishing new models for graduate education and
training. Our goal: to create a collaborative environment in
which our research transcends traditional disciplinary
boundaries. The focus: soft material robotics.
We depend on all kinds of computers but robot assistants
don't walk into our kitchens to help us cook. Current robots
work well in factories or on the battlefield but just don't
seem compatible with most human activities. What we need are
safe, nimble, and friendly robots for the home and the
These robots will not look or behave like today's robots.
This vision of soft robots in our homes, hospitals, and
offices highlights an urgent need for new approaches to
building such devices. Ultimately we expect that machines
interacting with living systems will be biocompatible and
Traineeships are currently available.
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