Could Robots Be Soft Like An Octopus?

With Robert MacCurdy

Prof. Rob MacCurdy from the CU Boulder Matter Assembly Computation Lab talks the future of robotics and what impact they’ll have on our capabilities in Space.


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Speaker Bios:

Dr. Robert MacCurdy is an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder where he leads the Matter Assembly Computation Lab (MACLab). He is developing new algorithms, materials, and fabrication tools to automatically design and manufacture electromechanical systems, with a focus on robotics. Rob did his PhD work with Hod Lipson at Cornell University and his postdoctoral work at MIT with Daniela Rus. He holds a B.A. in Physics from Ithaca College, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an M.S. and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.


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