Trends in Soft Wearable Sensors and Soft Robotics for Healthcare


Trends in Soft Wearable Sensors and Soft Robotics for Healthcare

Wed, 26/01/2022 - 14:30 to 15:30


Dr Morteza Amjadi
Heriot-Watt University

Soft machines have many applications, ranging from multifunctional wearable medical devices for feedback therapy to prosthetics, non-invasive surgical tools, and soft robots for safe human-robot interaction. High-performance flexible sensors and actuators are the key components of soft machines. In this seminar, I will cover our latest research activities on the development of functional nanocomposites based wearable strain sensors for human motion detection and soft robotics. I will demonstrate how bioinspired structures can help to improve the sensing and skin-adhesion performance of wearable sensors. The next part of my talk will focus on the development of programmable soft actuators based on composite materials. Finally, I will address challenges associated with the design of integrated soft machines capable of multimodal sensing and controlled stimulation.


Dr Morteza Amjadi is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, UK. He received his Dr Sc. in Mechanical Engineering jointly from Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and ETH Zurich in 2018 with distinction (Sum Com Laude). He obtained his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2014. Prior to joining Heriot-Watt, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Physical Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.

Dr Amjadi leads the Integrated Soft Machines Lab where he aims to design multifunctional soft machines utilizing novel mechanical designs, advanced materials, bioinspired structures, and digital manufacturing processes. He has published over a dozen papers in high-impact journals including Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, and Advanced Science. Some of his publications are among top 1% highly cited papers in the field according to Web of Science. In 2018, he has been nominated for the prestigious Otto Hahn Medal, awarded by the Max Planck Society to young scientists for their outstanding scientific achievements.