Swarm test

Work with bees could unlock potential strength of natural designs in new materials

Sept. 17, 2018

The natural world has had billions of years of evolution to perfect systems, creating elegant solutions to tricky problems. CU Boulder Assistant Professor Orit Peleg’s work hopes to illuminate and explore those solutions with the long-term goal of applying the answers she finds to the materials we interact with daily.

Picture of the shape shifting material

Shape-shifting material can morph, reverse itself using heat, light

Aug. 28, 2018

A new material developed by CU Boulder engineers can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli, allowing a literal square peg to morph and fit into a round hole before fully reverting to its original form.

Sean Shaheen

Sean Shaheen announced as interim Multi-Functional Materials IRT director

Aug. 9, 2018

Associate Professor Sean Shaheen Associate Professor Sean Shaheen will serve as the interim director of the Multi-Functional Materials Interdisciplinary Research Theme, CU Engineering Dean Bobby Braun announced this week. Shaheen is finishing his term as the Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. He...

Laura Devendorf working with a student

Unlocking smart textiles: Weaving technology and community

June 13, 2018

Computational technology has been integral to the information, communication and entertainment industries for decades, and, increasingly, computers operate our homes and cars. While technology touches almost every aspect of our lives, the clothes we wear stand out as one of the most promising and least explored frontiers for information technology,...

CCC workshop on robotic materials

CCC Workshop on Robotic Materials

May 9, 2018

May 7th, 2018 / in CCC , Research News , robotics , workshop reports / by Helen Wright The following blog post is by Robotic Materials organizer Nikolaus Correll from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a workshop on “ Robotic Materials ”...

Nikolaus Correll, Yang Li and Sarah Aguasvivas

The new robot paradigm

May 6, 2018

Cross-disciplinary effort will make robots small, smart and efficient Published: May 1, 2018 • By Emily Adams, original post Every day, it seems that robots are becoming more realistic-looking and capable, from Sophia, the humanoid robot that was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia, to robots that can assist in surgeries...

Electronic skin

New malleable 'electronic skin' self-healable, recyclable

Feb. 12, 2018

CU Boulder researchers have developed a new type of malleable, self-healing and fully recyclable “electronic skin” that has applications ranging from robotics and prosthetic development to better biomedical devices. Electronic skin, known as e-skin, is a thin, translucent material that can mimic the function and mechanical properties of human skin...

Rentschler team

A robotic small intestine? Researchers are making one

Dec. 6, 2017

The day is coming when doctors-in-training can perfect certain medical practices on a robotic small intestine and test medical treatments on a human-made device vs. animals. Mechanical engineering Associate Professor Mark Rentschler is leading the effort to develop an artificial, robotic small intestine for use in medical laboratories. The research...

Illustration of a robot made from "robotic materials"

With 'material robotics,' intelligent products won't even look like robots

Nov. 29, 2017

Robots as inconspicuous as they are ubiquitous represent the vision of researchers in the new and burgeoning field of material robotics. In an invited perspective paper published today in Science Robotics , Oregon State University researcher Yiğit Mengüç and three co-authors argue against looking at robotics as a "dichotomy of...


CU Boulder hosts Int. Symp. on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems

Oct. 20, 2017

Now in its 14th edition, the International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS) provides a forum for scientific advances in the theory and practice of distributed autonomous robotic systems. It is a highly selective, single-track meeting that is soliciting submissions presenting significant, original, and previously unpublished research. Distributed robotics...