24Feb2021: Congratulations: to SamFrishman on his PhD defense.
11Jan2021: Welcome to start of winter quarter! Still mostly online... See BdmlCalendar for the main lab meeting schedule. Additional small-group meetings also being set up.
6Jan2021: Congratulations: to AlexGruebele on his PhD defense.
1Oct2020: Nice to see design sessions on the whiteboard again!
25Sept2020: Congratulations: to Capella Kerst on her PhD defense.
18Aug2020: Congratulations: to Amy Han on her PhD defense.
3Jun2020: We're back! (sort of, and in a careful Phase-2 Covid protocol way). Stay tuned!
- 21May2020: Congratulations: Although we are all sheltering in place, we congratulate Sam, Ali, and Ileana on winning the best presentation award at the (online) ASME Design of Medical Devices Conference for their paper on a variable compliance annuloplasty ring.
- 10Jan2020: Welcome to visiting professor Mark Yim!
19-21Sept -- Fire and Ice: BDML does Mt Lassen Volcanic National Park
24July: A brief clearing over Cape Canaveral and we have liftoff! The gecko-gripper for Astrobee is on its way to the ISS.
- 29Sept: The stuff is aboard the ISS. Looks like it will be tested in January 2020
- 27July: CRS-18 Dragon capsule arrives at ISS
20June: Welcome to the summer students and visitors: SURIs Joel Herrera, Andrew Zerbe, Simone Wilcox. Also SURF student MelaCoffey, K12 teacher Rob Alexander and visiting PhD student and ROS expert Jean-Philippe Roberge.
22May: Congratulations to Amy Han (and alumni Elliot Hawkes, Dave Christensen and Hao Jiang) for receiving the 2019 IEEE Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award for Grasping Without Squeezing: Design and Modeling of Shear-Activated Grippers
May2019: The Gecko Gripper for Astrobee has completed its approval processes and been released to NASA for launching to the International Space Station (ISS). Tony Chen and Arul Suresh invite you to stay tuned for updates!
24Jan2019: We have new rotation students in the lab and a bunch of new papers out (see Publications). Meanwhile, NASA has proposed space-related projects for FIRST Lego League STEM teams, which has resulted in some fun Skype calls to teams interested in grasping objects in space with gecko grippers.
- Stanford News, IEEE Spectrum
- Science Magazine, AAAS Eureka alert
- MIT Technology Review
- Wired, Discover
14 Aug: Glad to welcome back the DaVinci Camp students back for a tour of the lab. Thank you to Wilson explaining the finer points of spiny hands.
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27 June: Start the summer with new students and projects: sensor-based perching, perching Astrobees inside the ISS with gecko adhesives, soft hands for large climbing robots, high-performance passive master-slave manipulators and new sensor skins.
2 April: ME21 Renaissance Machine Design is being offered again for Spring 2018. It is NOT limited to freshmen. It is a WAY-CE course open to anybody who wants to build cool machines and learn about the artist/engineers that conceived them. Details: http://me21.stanford.edu
31 Oct: Happy Halloween! - Space Junk is a serious problem, even on Stanford Campus :-) Fortunately, we have plenty of gecko-grippers to round it up.
>>bgcolor=#D7F7FE<< >><< 1 August: BDML and Stanford hosted Living Machines 2017 July 25-28. Lots of great talks, workshops, events
- from the dinner cruise, etc.
- published by Springer Lecture Notes in AI
- Stanford News article and nice video with Elliot and Hao
- Short video from AAAS Science
- Wired: space gripper
- The Verge
- Science News
- New Scientist
- PBS NOVA
14June: Shiquan Wang's PhD defense on "Traversing Highly-varied Terrain: Enhanced Contacts for Human-scale Robot Locomotion," will be presented and streamed live at 2pm, June 14. Details: ShiquanDefenseStreaming
13June: Hannah Stuart's PhD defense on "Robotic Hand Design for Remote Ocean Exploration: Active Selection of Compliance and Contact Conditions," at 12:00 in Thornton Annex.
26May: Hao Jiang's defense on "Surface Grasping with Bio-inspired, Opposed Adhesion," in Bldg. 520/131
13Oct: Congratulations to Shiquan Wang and Hao Jiang for their IROS paper which won the award for Best Paper: safety, security and rescue robotics, in memory of Motohiro Kisoi. There is also a nice writeup in IEEE Spectrum on the work, which is part of the MultiLimbedClimbing project.
6Sept: UR5 Arrives!
Just what every lab needs.
|5 Aug 2016: Congratulations to Morgan Pope (and Mark) for the |
Best Presentation award at Living Machines 2016
29 July 2016: MERL Summer BBQ hosted by BDML with our official BBQ branding logo.
7 July: Lab meeting moved to 10:30 for summer to avoid conflicts with MERL BBQ
25 June 2016: Offsite retreat at Portola Redwoods State Park.
- Summer2016PlanningPosters (what we planned to do by end of summer and by end of 1st week of August)
10 June 2016: Gecko stuff at Bio-X open house
6 June 2016: Nice mention of Stickybot as part of NSF Special Report on Robotics Foundations
27 April 2016: Congratulations to Hannah Stuart and Shiquan Wang and all the participants from Oussama Khatib's robotics lab in CS on their maiden voyage for Ocean One. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1HmgP9l4VY
8 April 2016: Congratulations to Will and Arul on their respective NSF and NASA fellowships.
29 March 2016: NASA sent a gecko gripper to the International Space Station - from BDML alumnus and collaborator Aaron Parness, at JPL.
14 March 2016: Congratulations to Elliot, Eric and Dave for winning the ASME Smart Materials Best Bio-inspired Paper award for a paper published in any journal in the previous 12 months. The award is for "Human climbing with efficiently scaled gecko-inspired dry adhesives" (the same RS Interface paper that got involved in No Spiderman? news below).
13 March 2016: David's Ant-Inspired Microtugs in the New York Times
11Feb2016: Mike North (former collaborator) paid a visit and made a video of what he found: Grippy, Not Sticky
No Spiderman? - A recent article in PNAS on the scaling of adhesives for insects and geckos suggests that if we extrapolate to humans, climbing is not feasible. This idea was picked up in the press, with articles like Science: No, you can't be Spider-Man (Engadget). Stephen Colbert built on it for a splendid riff on his show: Science Has Ruined Spider-Man. But wait... didn't we show that it is entirely possible to climb walls with gecko-inspired adhesives if you distribute the forces very carefully (RS Interface Nov2014)? So Elliot Hawkes has prepared a rebuttal, (28Jan2016), which Colbert picked up for the kickoff to his 5 Feb. show: S-s-spi-i-i-i-der-ma-a-a-an.
28 Oct 2015: Mark, Elliot, and Dave present work on grasping without squeezing, human climbing, and microrobots at Swissnex Biorobots: Dissected'
12 Oct 2015: Come to Dave Christensen's defense tomorrow morning!
1 Oct 2015: Congratulations to Alice Wu, Arul, Hao, John, Elliot & Dave for the IROS 2015 Best Paper Award for their paper on "Tactile Sensing for Gecko-Inspired Adhesion." BDML attendees reported a lively conference, with 969 papers (of 2134 submitted) and many good workshops, etc.
30 Sept: Lab Meeting time will move to 12:30 starting this Friday.
05August2015: Always glad to have the DaVinci Camp stop by!
26June2015: BDML kick-off-the-summer retreat
18June2015: Nice story in IEEE Spectrum on the evolution of spiny grippers: Spinybot -->RiSE-->JPL-->NASA (nothing about the branch of the family tree that went to Zman however ;-)
27May2015: BDML and Bioinspiration at the Royal Society celebration of 350 years of scientific publishing
- paper: Climbing with Adhesion, from Bio-Inspiration to Bio-Understanding, Royal Society Interface Focus, May 2015
15May2015: NYT -- controllable adhesion applications: perching, tugging, gripping.
27April2015: MicroTugs get some press as ICRA2015 approaches:
- "Tiny robots climb walls carrying..." (New Scientist)
- "Tiny robots carry up to 2,000..." (BBC News)
- "Tiny robots...", NBC News
- More links on the MicroTugs page
13March2015: Getting ready for TED in Vancouver: 1500 geckos with directional, controllable adhesive
- BDML Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/bdmlstanford?p=i
21Nov2014: Popular press has picked up on the paper led by Elliot on Human climbing with efficiently scaled gecko-inspired dry adhesives
26Sept2014: Schedules for the Stanford Robotics Seminar, BDML lab meetings, etc. are taking shape: LabMeetingSchedule
22Sept2014: Back from Crown Lake expedition and ready to start the new year!
25July2014: The DaVinci Camp Summer Institute stopped by this morning to learn about bio-inspired robots and play with some gecko-inspired adhesives.
27June2014: Lab meeting at Sam McDonald Park to kick off the summer among the flora and fauna.
19 Sept:''' Welcome to new and returning students