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Yong-Lae Park

Assistant Professor
Email: ylpark@andrew.cmu.edu
Office: NSH 4124
Phone: (412) 268-6820
Personal Homepage
Administrative Assistant: Peggy A. Martin

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.

Publications

Design and control of a bio-inspired soft wearable robotic device for ankle-foot rehabilitation
Yong-Lae Park, Bor-rong Chen, Nestor O. Perez-Arancibia, Diana Young, Leia Stirling, Robert J Wood, Eugene C. Goldfield and Radhika Nagpal

Biomimetics & Bioinspiration, Vol. 9, No. 1 January, 2014

Design and Characterization of A Soft Multi-Axis Force Sensor Using Embedded Microfluidic Channels
Daniel Vogt, Yong-Lae Park and Robert J. Wood

IEEE Sensors Journal October, 2013

A Soft Strain Sensor Based on Ionic and Metal Liquids
Jean-Baptiste Chossat, Yong-Lae Park, Robert J. Wood and Vincent Duchaine

IEEE Sensors Journal September, 2013

Soft Wearable Motion Sensing Suit for Lower Limb Biomechanics Measurements
Yigit Menguc, Yong-Lae Park, Ernesto Martinez-Villalpando, Patrick Aubin, Miriam Zisook, Leia Stirling, Robert J. Wood and Conor J. Walsh

Proceeding of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'13) May, 2013

Networked Bio-Inspired Modules For Sensorimotor Control of Wearable Cyberphysical Devices
Yong-Lae Park, Diana Young, Bor-rong Chen, Robert J. Wood, Radhika Nagpal and Eugene C. Goldfield

Proceedings of the International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC'13) January, 2013

Collapse of triangular channels in a soft elastomer
Daniel Tepayotl-Ramirez, Tong Lu, Yong-Lae Park and Carmel Majidi

Applied Physics Letters January, 2013

Influence of cross-sectional geometry on the sensitivity and hysteresis of liquid-phase electronic pressure sensors
Yong-Lae Park, Daniel Tepayotl-Ramirez, Robert J. Wood and Carmel Majidi

Applied Physics Letters November, 2012

Bio-Inspired Design of Soft Robotic Assistive Devices: The Interface of Physics, Biology, and Behavior
Eugene C. Goldfield, Yong-Lae Park, Bor-Rong Chen, Wen-Hao Hsu, Diana Young, Michael Wehner, Damian G. Kelty-Stephen, Leia Stirling, Marc Weinberg, Dava Newman, Radhika Nagpal, Elliot Saltzman, Kenneth G. Holt, Conor Walsh and Robert J. Wood

Ecological Psychology November, 2012

A Soft Multi-Axis Force Sensor
Daniel Vogt, Yong-Lae Park and Robert J. Wood

Proceedings of the IEEE Sensors 2012 Conference October, 2012

Active Modular Elastomer Sleeve for Soft Wearable Assistance Robots
Yong-Lae Park, Bor-rong Chen, Carmel Majidi, Robert J. Wood, Radhika Nagpal and Eugene C. Goldfield

Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems October, 2012

Design and Fabrication of Soft Artificial Skin Using Embedded Microchannels and Liquid Conductors
Yong-Lae Park, Bor-rong Chen and Robert J. Wood

IEEE Sensors Journal August, 2012

Experimental characterization of components for active soft orthotics
Michael Wehner, Yong-Lae Park, Conor Walsh, Radhika Nagpal, Robert J. Wood, Talia Moore and Eugene Goldfield

Proceedings of the IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob'12) June, 2012

Soft Artificial Skin with Multi-Modal Sensing Capability Using Embedded Liquid Conductors
Yong-Lae Park, Bor-rong Chen and Robert J. Wood

Proceedings of the IEEE Sensors 2011 Conference October, 2011

Bio-Inspired Active Soft Orthotic Device for Ankle Foot Pathologies
Yong-Lae Park, Bor-rong Chen, Diana Young, Leia Stirling, Robert J. Wood, Eugene Goldfield and Radhika Nagpal

Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems September, 2011

Design of centimeter-scale inchworm robots with bidirectional claws
Dongwoo Lee, Sinbae Kim, Yong-Lae Park and Robert J. Wood

May, 2011

Real-Time Estimation of 3-D Needle Shape and Deflection for MRI-Guided Interventions
Yong-Lae Park , Santhi Elayaperumal, Bruce Daniel, Seok Chang Ryu, Mihye Shin, Joan Savall, Richard J. Black, Bezhad Moslehi and Mark R. Cutkosky

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics December, 2010

Hyperelastic Pressure Sensing with a Liquid Embedded Elastomer
Yong-Lae Park , Carmel Majidi , Rebecca Kramer, Phillipe Berard and Robert J. Wood

Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering November, 2010

Design and Control of a Bio-inspired Human-friendly Robot
Dongjun Shin, Irene Sardellitti, Yong-Lae Park , Oussama Khatib and Mark R. Cutkosky

International Journal of Robotics Research April, 2010

Exoskeletal Force-Sensing End-Effectors With Embedded Optical Fiber-Bragg-Grating Sensors
Yong-Lae Park , Seok Chang Ryu, Richard J Black, Kelvin K Chau, Bezhad Moslehi and Mark R. Cutkosky

IEEE Transactions on Robotics December, 2009

Fingertip force control with embedded fiber Bragg grating sensors
Yong-Lae Park , Seok Chang Ryu, Richard J Black, Bezhad Moslehi and Mark R. Cutkosky

Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'08) May, 2008

Force Sensing Robot Fingers using Embedded Fiber Grating Sensors and Shape Deposition Manufacturing
Yong-Lae Park , Kelvin Chau, Richard J. Black and Mark R. Cutkosky

Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'07) April, 2007

Mailing Address:

Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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