Robotic Systems and Autonomous Platforms

Robotic Systems and Autonomous Platforms

Advances in Materials and Manufacturing

1st Edition - October 11, 2018

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  • Editors: Shawn M. Walsh, Michael S. Strano
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081022603
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081020487

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Robotic Systems and Autonomous Platforms: Advances in Materials and Manufacturing showcases new materials and manufacturing methodologies for the enhancement of robotic and autonomous systems. Initial chapters explore how autonomous systems can enable new uses for materials, including innovations on different length scales, from nano, to macro and large systems. The means by which autonomous systems can enable new uses for manufacturing are also addressed, highlighting innovations in 3D additive manufacturing, printing of materials, novel synthesis of multifunctional materials, and robotic cooperation. Concluding themes deliver highly novel applications from the international academic, industrial and government sectors. This book will provide readers with a complete review of the cutting-edge advances in materials and manufacturing methodologies that could enhance the capabilities of robotic and autonomous systems.

Key Features

  • Presents comprehensive coverage of materials and manufacturing technologies, as well as sections on related technology, such as sensing, communications, autonomy/control and actuation
  • Explores potential applications demonstrated by a selection of case-studies
  • Contains contributions from leading experts in the field


Researchers and engineers working in the fields of robotics, autonomous systems, and processing science and manufacturing technologies

Table of Contents

  • Section A Actuation
    1. Manipulation, assembling, and actuation of nanomotors by electric tweezers
    Donglei (Emma) Fan
    2. Artificial muscle logic devices for autonomous local control
    E.-F. Markus Henke, Katherine E. Wilson, Geoffrey A. Slipher, Randy A. Mrozek, Iain A. Anderson
    3. Hygromorphic living materials for shape changing
    Lining Yao

    Section B Mobility
    4. Fluid-driven intrinsically soft robots
    Robert Shepherd, Kirstin Petersen
    5. Designing Proteus: Engineering form and function for microrobotics
    Remmi Baker, Allan M. Brooks, Ayusman Sen
    6. Physics approaches to natural locomotion: Every robot is an experiment
    Yasemin Ozkan Aydin, Jennifer M. Rieser, Christian M. Hubicki, William Savoie, Daniel I. Goldman
    7. Robotic colloids: Engineered self-propulsion at the microscale (and smaller)
    Jeffrey L. Moran

    Section C Control Theory and Algorithms – Logic and Proxy Electronic Functions – Algorithmic Materials
    8. Soft timer: Dynamic clock embedded in soft body
    Kohei Nakajima, Tao Li, Nozomi Akashi
    9. Algorithmic materials: Embedding computation within material properties for autonomy
    Ana Pervan, Todd Murphey
    10. Achieving self-sustained motion of particles in solution with chemical pumps
    Oleg E. Shklyaev, Henry Shum, Anna C. Balazs
    11. Topology optimization for robotics applications
    Raymond Wildman, Andrew Gaynor

    Section D Integration
    12. Robotic materials for robot autonomy
    Nikolaus Correl
    13. 3D printed electronic materials and devices
    Ruitao Su, Sung Hyun Park, Zhaohan Li, Michael C. McAlpine
    14. Additive manufacturing of soft robots
    S. Walker, O.D. Yirmibesoglu, U. Daalkhaijav, Y. Menguc
    15. Synthetic cells, or colloidal state machines, with two-dimensional materials
    Jingfan Yang, Volodymyr B. Koman, Pingwei Liu, Tianxian Liu, Michael S. Strano

    Section E Energy
    16. Energy harvesting techniques mediated by molecular interactions with nanostructured carbon materials
    Albert Tianxiang Liu, Ge Zhang, Michael S. Strano
    17. Mechanics of fluid-elastomer systems in soft robotics
    Carmel Majidi
    18. Structural power, energy, actuation, and mobility in intelligently directed systems enabled from nanocrystalline metals
    Anit K. Giri, Kristopher A. Darling, Shawn M. Walsh

    Section F Novel Robotics as Material Platforms
    19.  Materials design for robotic platforms enabling unique mechanisms of projectile protection
    Pingwei Liu, Michael S. Strano
    20. The confluence of intelligent agents and materials to enable protection of humans in extreme and dangerous environments
    Shawn M. Walsh, Daniel M. Baechle
    21 Super materials and robots making robots: Challenges and opportunities in robotic building at the microstructural level
    Ron Pelrine

Product details

  • No. of pages: 603
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2018
  • Published: October 11, 2018
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081022603
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081020487

About the Editors

Shawn M. Walsh

Dr. Shawn M. Walsh is currently the Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Fellow serving on the Army Future Studies Group. As an active researcher at the Army Research Laboratory, he has been widely recognized for his early and continued work in intelligent materials and processes, and the development of new application space by reaching across academic, industrial, and military sectors. He is an alumni of the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers in Engineering, and the recipient of several awards including the U.S. Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award for breakthrough performance of next generation head protection

Affiliations and Expertise

U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA

Michael S. Strano

Professor Michael S. Strano is currently the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on micro- and nano-meter scale robotics, biomolecule/nanoparticle interactions and the surface chemistry of low dimensional systems, nano-electronics, nanoparticle separations, and applications of vibrational spectroscopy to nanotechnology. Michael is the recipient of numerous awards for his work from 2005 to the present, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2017

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

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