Monday, May 21, 2012
Majidi selected for DARPA Young Faculty Award
Professor Majidi's proposal, entitled "Soft Machines and Electronics for Bio-inspired Robots and Wearable Assistive Technologies" will focus on the development of a soft exoskeleton that monitors body movement and contact, assists in human motor tasks, and prevents injury. This research will incorporate emerging soft-matter technologies for sensing, electronics, and actuation, including those developed over the past year by members of the Soft Machines Lab. Professor Majidi and his team see this project as an exciting opportunity to apply recent scientific advancements in soft robotics and introduce practical defense and medical technologies for injury prevention, rehabilitation, and human motor assistance.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) began the Young Faculty Award program in 2006 to provide funding, mentoring, and industry and Department of Defense contacts to mainly untenured faculty. The program aims to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in key disciplines for DoD and National Security issues.