Audrey A. Sedal

Assistant Professor
Audrey A. Sedal
Contact Information

Macdonald Engineering Building

Room 363

Email address: 
audrey.sedal [at]

Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

M.S. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

S.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research areas: 
Design and Manufacturing
Dynamics and Control
Materials and Structures
Current research: 

Robotics, soft robotics, mechanics of materials, design optimization, robot control

  • Co-optimizing soft robot design, control and sensing
  • Damping effects in soft robot control
  • 3D shape measurement and perception for soft and compliant robots
  • Design of shape-changing mechanisms
Areas of interest: 

Primary Research Theme: Dynamics and Control

Secondary Research Themes: Materials and Structure; Design and Manufacturing

Soft robots, whose bodies are made from stretchable and compliant materials, have the potential to be safe and effective collaborators with humans. Despite societal needs for safe, collaborative robotic devices and a proliferation of promising concepts, soft robots are not yet present in the applications where they might be most useful. My research bridges robotics, solid mechanics, optimization, and machine learning to discover the fundamentals of soft robotics. Our group uses concurrent experimental and theoretical approaches to understand and develop compliant and continuous robotic systems.

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