When the Lab Goes Loco

EECS Colloquium

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Zoom Webinar: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/97204983399

Mark Yim

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the GRASP Lab
University of Pennsylvania

Mark Yim speaks on "When the Lab Goes Loco," 03/10/21


While modular reconfigurable robots hold many promises for being adaptable for planetary exploration, they tend to be expensive.  A theme has emerged in my lab - that of aiming for low-cost (loco) systems.  This talk will present some general principles towards designing low cost systems while also presenting specific examples of novel devices ranging from mechatronic components (sensors and actuators), robotic components (grippers) to flying systems. In each case we will present some practical examples of methods that can be applied today. We'll end with an ambitious modular reconfigurable robot system based on truss reconfiguration.


Mark Yim received his PhD from Stanford. He is the Asa Whitney Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania where he is the Director of the GRASP Lab.  Prof. Yim's research group designs and builds a variety of robots ranging from tiny fliers to self-assembling modular robots. Recently, his work has followed a theme of simplicity and low cost.  Prior to Penn, he was Principal Scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center.  Honors include the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (UPenn's highest teaching honor); induction to MIT's TR100 in 1999; induction to the National Academy of Inventors in 2018.  He has over 200 publications and patents issued (perhaps the most prominent patents are related to the video game vibration control which resulted in over US$100 million in litigation and settlements). He has started two companies, one in robotics and one medical device company now in Santa Clara.