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The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering Offer a New Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program

As 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 natural world.

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 biodegradable.

As of 10/4/2016, we are no longer accepting applicants for SMR IGERT Traineeships. However, Tufts University faculty and graduate students continue to do ground-breaking work in the field of Soft Material Robotics. If you are interested in doing graduate research at Tufts University in Soft Material Robotics or in any of its adjunct disciplines, please contact one of the professors on the Faculty Listing page of this website. Faculty contact information can be found by going to the Faculty Bios page on this website.