Yong-Lae Park-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Yong-Lae Park

Assistant Professor, Robotics Institute, Courtesy Appointment, Mechanical Engineering

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: NSH 4111
Phone: 412-268-6820


Yong-Lae Park is an Assistant Professor in the Robotics Institute and the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University starting September 2013.  Prof. Park completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.  His research focuses on bio-inspired design and manufacturing of soft robots and microrobots for healthcare.

He is the winner of the Best Paper Award, from the IEEE Sensors Journal, in 2013, a NASA Tech Brief Award from the NASA Johnson Space Center, in 2012, and a Technology Development Fellowship from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, in 2010.  His recent paper on soft artificial skin was selected as a cover article of the IEEE Sensors Journal.


M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2005
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2010


Professor Park’s research goal is to analyze the design and dynamics of biological systems and transform them into robotic/mechatronic systems for healthcare.  He is 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, active soft prosthetics and orthotics, soft surgical/interventional tools, and haptic interface devices.

He envisions his research being a foundation to establish a design and manufacturing methodology for developing soft robots by implementing biological sensing and actuation mechanisms.

Selected Publications

  • D. Vogt, Y.-L. Park (co-1st author), and R. J. Wood, "Design and Characterization of A Soft Multi-Axis Force Sensor Using Embedded Microfluidic Channels," IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 13, No. 10, pp. 4056-4064, 2013.
  • J.-B. Chossat, Y.-L. Park, R. J. Wood, and V. Duchaine, "A Soft Strain Sensor Based on Ionic and Metal Liquids," IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 13, No. 9, pp. 3405-3414, 2013.
  • D. Tepayotl-Ramirez, T. Lu, Y.-L. Park, and C. Majidi, "Collapse of Triangular Channels in a Soft Elastomer," Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 102, No. 4, 2013.
  • Y.-L. Park, D. Tepayotl- Ramirez, R. J. Wood, and C. Majidi, “Influence of Cross-Sectional Geometry on the Sensitivity of Liquid-Phase Electronic Pressure Sensors,” Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 101, No. 19, 2012.
  • Y.-L. Park, B. Chen, and R. J. Wood, “Design and Fabrication of Soft Artificial Skin Using Embedded Microchannels and Liquid Conductors,” IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 12, No. 8, pp. 2711-2718, 2012 (Cover Article, Winner: Best Paper Award).
  • E. C. Goldfield, Y.-L. Park, B. Chen, W.-H. Hsu, A. Wessendorf, D. Young, M. Wehner, D. Stephen, L. Stirling, D. Newman, R. Nagpal, E. Saltzman, K. G. Holt, C. Walsh, and R. J. Wood, “Bio-Inspired Design of Soft Robotic Assistive Devices: The Interface of Physics, Biology, and Behavior,” Ecological Psychology, Vol. 24,  No. 4, pp. 300-327, 2012.
  • Y.-L. Park, C. Majidi (co-1st author), R. Kramer, P. Bérard, and R. J. Wood, “Hyperelastic Pressure Sensing with a Liquid-Embedded Elastomer,” Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 20, No. 12, 2010.
  • Y.-L. Park, S. Elayaperumal, B. Daniel, S. C. Ryu, M. Shin, R. J. Black, B. Moslehi, and M. R. Cutkosky, “Real-Time Estimation of 3-D Needle Shape and Deflection for MRI-Guided Interventions,” IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 15, No. 6, pp. 906‒915, 2010.
    D. Shin, I. Sardellitti, Y.-L. Park, O. Khatib, and M. R. Cutkosky, “Design and Control of a Bio-Inspired Human-Friendly Robot,” International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 29, No. 5, pp. 571-584, 2010.
  • Y.-L. Park, S. C. Ryu, R. J. Black, K. Chau, B. Moslehi and M. R. Cutkosky, “Exoskeletal Force-Sensing End-Effectors with Embedded Optical Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol. 25, No. 6, pp. 1319–1331, 2009.