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Yong-Lae Park
Assistant Professor, RI
Office: NSH 4109
Phone: (412) 268-6820
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Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Assistant: Peggy A. Martin
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My research goal is to analyze the design and dynamics of biological systems and transform them into robotic/mechatronic systems for healthcare. For my Ph.D. research, I developed bio-inspired robots for surgical/interventional applications. During my postdoctoral years, I focused on designing artificial skin sensors and muscle actuators for soft wearable robots for rehabilitation and assistance.

I am currently interested in bio-inspired design of soft robots and development of novel manufacturing methods for multi-material smart structures. Soft systems are a promising direction for future biomedical systems in which human-machine interactions are highly critical. The use of soft sensing and actuation materials and flexible electronics are imperative to build systems that both interact with and assist humans, as our bodies are covered with soft tissues. The target example systems include soft wearable rehabilitation/assistive devices, motion-sensing suits for whole body biomechanics, soft prosthetics and orthotics, soft surgical/interventional tools, and novel haptic interface devices.

I envision my research being a foundation to establish a design and manufacturing methodology for developing soft robots by implementing biological sensing and actuation mechanisms.

Research Interest Keywords
actuatorsbioengineeringCAD/CAMdesignhapticsmanufacturingmechatronicsmedical roboticsmicroroboticsprostheticsrehabilitation roboticssensors