RoboHub collaborator has 2020 paper chosen as Cozzarelli Prize finalist

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Professor Hamad Shahsavan, a RoboHub collaborator in the field of soft robots who recently joined Waterloo as a faculty member, is the lead author of a paper chosen as a finalist for a 2020 Cozzarelli Prize recognizing the top work published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The paper, titled "Bioinspired underwater locomotion of light-driven liquid crystal gels", was written with colleagues in Finland while he was at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany and focused on the development of a gel-like robot, inspired by sea slugs and snails, that is steerable by light.

Shahsavan's current research interests revolve around the development of a variety of soft, stimuli-responsive, and programmable materials, as well as emerging fabrication strategies for manufacturing small-scale mobile robots and devices.

For more details on this research, watch the video below or see the Waterloo Engineering News article.

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