This webinar will provide information about the residency and feature three speakers whose work exemplifies the creative applications of robotics: Dr. Laia Mogas-Soldevila, Dr. Cynthia Sung and PhD student Wei-Hsi Chen.
The Robotics Art Residency organized by the GRASP Lab and the Weitzman School of Design is a four week residency program that will bring together faculty and students to explore the use of robotic technologies in addressing contemporary social, cultural, and environmental challenges. For more information about the residency, please see: artresidency.seas.upenn.edu
Dr. Laia Mogas-Soldevila is a Licensed Architect and new Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Weitzman School of Design, focusing on material-driven design through novel biological materials and advanced technologies across disciplines. She is trained in fine arts and architecture in Europe and in digital design and fabrication in the USA. She holds a PhD from Tufts Biomedical Engineering and two Master degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Cynthia Sung is the Gabel Family Term Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) and a member of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception (GRASP) lab at the University of Pennsylvania. She received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2016. Her research interests are computational methods for design automation of robotic systems, with a particular focus on origami-inspired and compliant robots. She is the recipient of a 2019 NSF CAREER award, 2020 Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D Scholars Award, and a 2017 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award.
Wei-Hsi Chen is a PhD student in Electrical and System Engineering and a member of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception (GRASP) Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interest is the embodied intelligence of robots, with a focus on how the morphological shape affects the behavior of robots. He is currently working on building origami robots that can move with agility.
5:00 – Welcome & Residency Introduction
5:15 – Laia Mogas-Soldevila
5:30 – Cynthia Sung & Wei-Hsi Chen
6:00 – Q&A