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Bertoldi Group is a research group at Harvard University, led by professor Katia Bertoldi. The group focuses on problems in solid mechanics and on the development of tools to unravel the micromechanics of materials. The group aims to establish relationships between the internal structure of a material and its mechanical properties. The results of the research group find direct use in many technological applications, including acoustics, optics and electronics, that continuously require the development of new materials with improved and possibly even tunable properties.

Complex Media Group is a research group at Leiden University led by professor Martin van Hecke. The group investigates the mechanical and geometric properties of soft materials, ranging from disordered granulates and foams to structured elastica. Their focus is on the interplay between mesoscopic organization and macroscopic features, in which they combine video imaging with rheological and mechanical measurements.

Applied Math Lab is a research group at Harvard University, led by professor Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan. The group is interested in understanding the organization of matter in space and time, particularly at the scale observable by our unaided senses. The group uses a combination of techniques to pursue this, ranging from simple observations of phenomena to quantitative experiments and theory. Many of the topics that the group works on starts with our everyday experiences of the mundane, which by its very nature is robust. The challenge is to abstract out some principle from a phenomenon that is of relevance far beyond the particular manifestation of it. The group has a small but growing laboratory for tinkering around while characterizing macroscopic living and nonliving systems.

Whitesides Group is a research group at Harvard University, led by professor George Whitesides. The group conducts research in many fields, among which research in the field of materials and programmable matter, self-assembly and soft robotics. In the latter, the group focuses on the development of new types of soft robotic structures, and especially materials and methods for the fabrication of such robots, which requires and offers rich new opportunities for collaborations involving organic chemistry, soft materials science, and robotics.

Harvard Microrobotics Lab is a research group at Harvard University, led by professor Robert Wood. The group focuses on mechanics, materials, design, and manufacturing for novel robots. This includes robotics at unique size scales -microrobotics- and robots that depart from conventional rigid morphologies such as soft robotics.

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Harvard Biodesign Lab led by professor Conor Walsh brings together researchers from the engineering, industrial design, medical, and business communities to develop technologies for smart medical devices. These technologies are inspired by the results of experiments in human biomechanics and their development is influenced by time spent in the operating room to understand the unmet needs from clinicians.

Mediated Matter Group led by professor Neri Oxman at MIT focuses on biologically inspired design fabrication tools and technologies aiming to enhance the relation between natural and man-made environments. Their research field entitled Material Ecology integrates computational form-finding strategies with biologically inspired fabrication. The group seeks to establish new forms of design and novel processes of material practice at the intersection of computer science, material engineering, design and ecology, with broad applications across multiple scales.

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering uses nature’s design principles to develop bioinspired materials and devices that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world. By emulating nature’s principles for self-organizing and self-regulating, Wyss researchers are developing innovative new engineering solutions for healthcare, energy, architecture, robotics, and manufacturing. These technologies are translated into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators, corporate alliances, and new start-ups.

Kang Group is a research group at Johns Hopkins University, and is led by professor Sung Hoon Kang. The group is interested in developing new ways of making materials and mechanical systems that can provide unique functions and transform how people design engineering systems. To achieve this goal, the group uses principles and methods learned from various disciplines including mechanics, materials science and physics for designing and realizing such systems. Their efforts are aimed at finding new phenomena happening at the interface among disciplines, which open new fundamental questions and deepen our understanding of underlying principles.

Soft Robotics Toolkit is a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices. The toolkit was developed as part of educational research being undertaken in the Harvard Biodesign Lab. The ultimate aim of the toolkit is to advance the field of soft robotics by allowing designers and researchers to build upon each other’s work. The toolkit enables soft robotic components to be produced easily and affordably.

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Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab is a research group at UC San Diego led by professor Michael T. Tolley. It focuses on borrowing ideas from nature to inspire engineered systems with new capabilities. The group is particularly interested in soft robotics, fabrication by folding, and self-assembly.

mLab is a research group at Oregon State University, led by professor Yiğit Mengüç. It is a robotics lab inventing soft active materials, bioinspired mechanisms, and rapid digital manufacturing. Using biological inspiration, they design mechanisms that are as soft as skin and muscle, manufacture them with techniques in 3D printing, laser machining, and soft lithography.

AMOLF has initiated a program in Designer Matter, focusing on creating, investigating and dreaming of wholly new types of matter. In this emerging field, scientists from different disciplines, including physicists, chemists, materials scientists, and engineers, come together to to develop new techniques to create such smart materials, to explore and to invent novel functionalities, and to address the design – or inverse – problem, going from function to form. At the center of the research efforts of the program are professor Martin van Hecke with research on mechanical metamaterials, dr. Wim Noorduin with a focus on self-organizing matter and my Soft Robotic Matter group.

Structural Optimization and Computational Engineering Group is a research group at the Technical University of Delft. Its main research focus is on modelling and optimization of precision, micro and smartsystems. This includes both fundamental and numerical research and experimental work.

iMechanica is a Harvard portal with 20.000 users in general mechanics. iMechanica aims to use the internet to enhance communication among mechanicians and to pave a way to evolve online all knowledge of mechanics.

Hoberman Associates is a multidisciplinary practice that specializes in transformable design and the development of products, structures, and environments that change their size and shape.

Femto Engineering is an engineering agency specialized in applied mechanics for product development. Femto offers both consultancy and software for structural analysis purposes. Products and processes are improved and optimized by using sophisticated simulation software.

Slagman Mechatronica is an engineering agency specialized in complex engineering problems that are situated at the crossroads of several engineering disciplines among which electrical engineering, systems and control engineering and automation. Slagman Mechatronica delivers innovative and custom-made solutions for its clients.

Friends: Jorge Duró & Laia Mogas, Corentin CoulaisAhmed Hosny, Panagiotis PolygerinosJames Weaver, Wim Noorduin.