- Albert Einstein -

[1] Xuguang Dong, Yixin Wang, Xin-jun Liu, Huichan Zhao*Development of Modular Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Hybrid Joints and Robotic Flexible Legs via Fluidic Elastomer ActuatorsSmart Materials and Structures (accepted).

[1] Li-Juan Yin, Yu Zhao, Jing Zhu, Minhao Yang, Huichan Zhao*, Jia-Yao Pei, Shao-Long Zhong, Zhi-Min Dang*, Soft, tough, and fast polyacrylate dielectric elastomer for non-magnetic motorNature Communications 12.4517 (2021). [PDF]

[2] Yafeng Cui, Xin-jun Liu, Xuguang Dong, Jingyi Zhou, Huichan Zhao*Enhancing the universality of a pneumatic gripper via continuously adjustable initial grasp posturesIEEE Transactions on Robotics (2021). [video]

[3] Xuguang Dong, Chao Tang, Songwen Jiang, Qi Shao, Huichan Zhao*Increasing the payload and terrain adaptivity of an untethered crawling robot via soft-rigid coupled linear actuators.   IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (2021). [video]

[4] Songwen Jiang, Chao Tang, Xin-jun Liu*, Huichan Zhao*Long-Life-Cycle and Damage-Recovery Artificial Muscles via Controllable and Observable Self-Clearing Process.   Advanced Engineering Materials (2021). [PDF] [video]

[5] Amin Lotfiani, Xili Yi, Zhufeng Shao*, Huichan Zhao, A Nouri Parkestani, Analytical modeling and optimization of a corrugated soft pneumatic finger considering the performance of pinch and power graspsExtreme Mechanics Letters 4 (2021). 

[6] Junshi Zhang, Lei Liu, Yuyu Chen, Mingliang Zhu, Liling Tang, Chao Tang, Jun Shintake, Junjie Zhao, Jiankang He, Xiaoyong Ren, Pengfei Li, Qiang Huang,
Huichan Zhao, Jian Lu, Dichen Li, 
Fiber-reinforced soft polymeric manipulator with smart motion scaling and stiffness tunability. Cell Reports Physical Science (2021).
[1] Huichan Zhao, Aftab Hussain, Ali Israr, Daniel Vogt, Mihai Duduta, David Clarke*, Robert Wood*, A wearable soft haptic communicator based on dielectric elastomer actuatorsSoft Robotics 7.4 (2020): 451-461.​ [PDF]

[2] Amin Lotfiani, Huichan Zhao, Zhufeng Shao*, Xili Yi, Torsional stiffness improvement of a soft pneumatic finger using embedded skeleton.   Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics 12.1 (2020): 011016.

[3] Zheyu Liu, Erxiang Ren, Fei Qiao*, Qi Wei, Xin-jun Liu, Li Luo,
Huichan Zhao, Huazhong Yang, 
NS-CIM: A current-mode computation-in-memory architecture enabling near-sensor processing for intelligent IoT vision nodesIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers (2020), 10.1109/TCSI.2020.2984161. 

[4] Zhao Gong, Songwen Jiang, Qizhi Meng, Yanlei Ye, Peng Li, Fugui Xie,
Huichan Zhao, Chunzhe Lv, Xiaojie Wang, Xin-jun Liu*, 
SHUYU robot: An automatic rapid temperature screening systemChinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering 33.38 (2020).

[5] Jin Yang, Zheyu Liu, Xinzhi Sheng, Fei Qiao*, Qi Wei, Huichan Zhao, Xin-jun Liu, Gesture recognition system with aging awareness based on tactile perception. 2020 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics-Taiwan (ICCE-Taiwan).
[1] Yufeng Chen*, Huichan Zhao, Jie Mao, Pakpong Chirarattananon, E Farrell Helbling, Nak-seung Patrick Hyun, David Clarke, Robert Wood*, Controlled flight of a microrobot powered by soft artificial musclesNature 575 (2019): 324-329. [video1] [video2]

[2] Shuo Li, Hedan Bai, Robert F Shepherd*, Huichan Zhao*Bioinspired design and additive manufacturing of soft materials, machines, robots, and haptic interfaces.  Angewandte Chemie International Edition 58.33 (2019): 11183-11204. [PDF]

[3] Mihai Duduta*, Ehsan Hajiesmaili, Huichan Zhao, Robert J Wood, David R Clarke, Realizing the potential of dielectric elastomer artificial musclesProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116.7 (2019): 2476-2481. 

[4] Jingyi Zhou, Xiaosong Li, Jing Xu*, Yu Tian,
Huichan Zhao*, Xin-Jun Liu*, A soft crawling robot inspired by inchworms2019 IEEE 9th Annual International Conference on CYBER Technology in Automation, Control, and Intelligent System (CYBER), Suzhou, China, 2019: 209-214.

[5] Tianrui Ma, Kaige Jia, Xin Zhu, Fei Qiao*
, Qi Wei, Huichan Zhao, Xin-jun Liu, Huazhong Yang, An Analog-Memoryless Near Sensor Computing Architecture for Always-On Intelligent Perception Applications2019 IEEE International Conference on Integrated Circuits, Technologies and Applications (ICTA), Chengdu, China.
[1] Huichan Zhao, Aftab Hussain, Mihai Duduta, Daniel Vogt, Robert Wood*, David Clarke*, Compact dielectric elastomer linear actuatorAdvanced Functional Materials 28.42 (2018): 1804328.
​[1] Shuo Li, Huichan Zhao, Robert Shepherd*, Flexible and stretchable sensors for fluidic elastomer actuated soft robotsMRS Bulletin 42.2 (2017): 138-142.

[2] Lihong Lao, Sanlin Robinson, Bryan Peele,
Huichan Zhao, Benjamin Murray, James Min, Bobak Mosadegh, Simon Dunham, Robert Shepherd*, Selective mineralization of tough hydrogel lumens for simulating arterial plaqueAdvanced Engineering Materials 19.1 (2017): 1600591.

[3] Cindy Harnett,
Huichan Zhao, Robert Shepherd*, Stretchable optical fibers: Threads for strain‐sensitive textilesAdvanced Materials Technologies 2.9 (2017): 1700087.
​[1] Huichan Zhao, Kevin O’Brien, Shuo Li, Robert Shepherd*, Optoelectronically innervated soft prosthetic hand via stretchable optical waveguidesScience Robotics 1.1 (2016): eaai7529. [PPT] [video] 
       ※ Premiere Issue of 《Science Robotics》

[2] Huichan Zhao, Jonathan Jalving, Rukang Huang, Ross Knepper, Andy Ruina, Robert Shepherd*, Soft orthosis with integrated optical strain sensors and electromyographic controlIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine 23.3 (2016): 55-64. [video]

[3] Shuo Li, Bryan Peele, Chris Larson, Huichan Zhao, Robert Shepherd*, A stretchable multicolor display and touch interface using photo-patterning and transfer printingAdvanced Materials 28.44 (2016): 9770-9775.

Huichan Zhao, Rukang Huang, Robert Shepherd*, Curvature control of soft orthotics via low cost solid-state optics. International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Stockholm, Sweden, May 16-21, 2016: 4008-4013. [video]
​[1] Huichan Zhao, Yan Li, Ahmed Elsamadisi, Robert Shepherd*, Scalable manufacturing of soft actuators that apply high forcesExtreme Mechanics Letters 3 (2015): 89-104. [video] 

[2] Sanlin Robinson, Kevin O’Brien,
Huichan Zhao, Bryan Peele, Chris Larson, Benjamin Murray, Ilse M Van Meerbeek, Simon Dunham, Robert Shepherd*, Integrated soft sensors and elastomeric actuators for tactile machines with kinesthetic senseExtreme Mechanics Letters 5 (2015): 47-53.

Benjamin Murray, Xintong An, Sanlin Robinson, Ilse M van Meerbeek, Kevin O'Brien, Huichan Zhao, Robert Shepherd*, Poroelastic foams for simple fabrication of complex soft robotsAdvanced Materials, 27.41 (2015): 6334-6340.

[4] Bryan Peele, Thomas Wallin,
Huichan Zhao, Robert Shepherd*, 3D printing antagonistic systems of artificial muscle using projection stereolithographyBioinspiration & Biomimetics, 10 (2015): 055003.

Huichan Zhao, Robert Shepherd*, Scalable manufacturing of high force wearable soft actuators. 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) Workshop.
​[1] Zheng Cai, Huichan Zhao, Jing-shan Zhao*, Fulei Chu, Stiffness of a foldable tower for wind turbineThe Open Mechanical Engineering Journal, 6 (2012): 50-64.
[1] Robert Shepherd, Huichan Zhao, Ahmed Elsamadisi, "Soft robot devices and related fabrication methods",                              PCT/US2014/061762.
[2] Robert Shepherd, Benjamin Murray,
Huichan Zhao, "Soft actuator and methods of fabrication", PCT/US2015/025183.
​[3] Robert Shepherd
, Huichan Zhao, Rukang Huang, "Light guides for embedded curvature sensors in soft actuators", filed as U.S. Provisional No.   62/299,582, 2016.
​[4] Robert Shepherd,
Huichan Zhao, "Stretchable waveguide fabrication", filed as US Provisional No. 62/382,484. 
[5] Robert Shepherd,
Huichan Zhao, Nicolai Heinze, Tim Pfeiffer, "Fluidic actuators for sensorimotor feedback in brain-driven scenarios with magnetoencephalography recordings", filed as US Provisional No. 62/414,439.
[6] Robert Shepherd,
Huichan Zhao, Rukang Huang, Hedan Bai, Shuo Li, "Waveguides for use in sensors or displays", US Patent App. 16/079,798.

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