Carmel Majidi’s career mission is to discover materials, hardware architectures, and fabrication methods that allow robots and machines to behave like soft biological organisms, and be safe for contact with humans. The aim is to replace the bulky and rigid hardware in existing robots with soft, lightweight, and deformable technologies that match the functionality of natural biological tissue. Currently, his group is focused on filled-elastomer composites and soft microfluidic systems that exhibit unique combinations of mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties and can function as “artificial” skin, nervous tissue, and muscle for soft robotics and wearables. He’s particularly interested in approaches that are practical from a rapid prototyping and robotics implementation perspective. This includes efforts to enable robust mechanical and electrical interfacing between soft-matter systems and conventional microelectronics and hardware.
Soft & Stretchable Computing Materials
Electronic Tattoos for Wearable Computing: Stretchable, Robust, and Inexpensive
Self-Healing Electrical Material
Engineering new materials for wearable computing
Soft Machines: New Classes of Materials for Next-Generation Wearable Devices
2007 Ph.D., EECS, University of California, Berkeley
2001 BS, CEE, Cornell University
Majidi quoted on complex robotic hand manipulation
MechE’s Carmel Majidi was quoted for on robotic hand manipulation from his research at Soft Machines Lab.
Majidi quoted on gallium in bendable electronics
MechE’s Carmel Majidi was quoted in Smithsonian Magazine on gallium’s use in wearable electronics.
Majidi quoted on soft robotics
Carmel Majidi was interviewed for his expertise in wearable electronics in relation to the use of gallium as a flexible and stretchable circuit component.
Bergbreiter, Majidi, and Webster-Wood featured in IEEE Spectrum
MechE’s Carmel Majidi, Sarah Bergbreiter, and Victoria Webster-Wood were featured on IEEE Spectrum, discussing softbotics.
Majidi mentioned on satellite robots
MechE’s Carmel Majidi was mentioned by SpaceRef.com about a CMU-headed consortium selected by the Air Force to pioneer research into robotic inspection, maintenance, and manufacturing of satellites and other structures while in orbit.
New grant to fund cardiac electrophysiology research
BME/MSE’s Tzahi Cohen-Karni was recently awarded a $3.1 NIH/NHLBI grant to further cardiac electrophysiology research. Over the next five years, Cohen-Karni will partner with Pitt’s Aditi Gurkar (co-PI), BME/MSE’s Adam Feinberg, MechE’s Carmel Majidi, and ECE’s Pulkit Grover to study the role of DNA damage in the cardiac unit using induced pluripotent stem cells.
Resetting the standard in orthopedics
Exoform, a customizable, semi-rigid material with self-fusing edges has the potential to eliminate many of the doctors visits that go along with broken bones, not to mention help them heal faster.
Kumar and Majidi’s research on fabric-friendly sensors featured
ECE’s Swarun Kumar and MechE’s Carmel Majidi have had their research on fabric-friendly sensors featured in I-Connect007.
Innovative ink for stretchable circuits
A collaboration with CMU-Portugal introduces a unique printable ink that allowed, for the first time, digital printing of multi-layer stretchable circuits, e-skins, and adhesive medical patches for electrophysiological monitoring.
Carnegie Mellon researchers have developed fabric-friendly near-field communication antennas that can be woven into everyday surfaces for building smart environments.
Majidi’s writing on soft robotics featured
MechE’s Carmel Majidi was an author on a viewpoint on soft robotics reported on by Science Daily.
A touch of silver
Researchers in the Soft Machines Lab have developed a new silver-hydrogel composite for artificial skin that combines high electrical conductivity with soft, stretchable biocompatibility.