The Faboratory

Research Lab at Yale University
What We Do

About us

The natural world is filled with soft, adaptive systems capable of stably and safely interacting with their environment. However, the machines that we build today are most often constructed from rigid components. In the Yale Faboratory, we are developing intelligent materials that will allow soft robots to adapt their properties, morphology, and control policy to changing tasks and environments.

Materials

We are developing new multifunctional materials that blur component boundaries to reduce the complexity of robotic systems.

Manufacturing

We are discovering new techniques to synthesize responsive composites and harness their function to achieve new capabilities in synthetic systems.

Robotics

We leverage our material and manufacturing discoveries to push forward the capabilities of soft matter electronics and soft robots.

The Yale Faboratory researches new and innovative ways to make things

Lab News

Congratulations to Faboratory graduate student Stephanie Woodman for winning a Yale Advanced Graduate Leadership Program fellowship!

September 2021

The Faboratory is awarded a collaborative NSF DMREF grant to design granular metamaterials with artificial evolution

September 2021

Congratulations to Faboratory graduate student Luis Ramirez for winning an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

August 2021

Professor Kramer-Bottiglio is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure

July 2021

Congratulations to Faboratory graduate student Dylan Shah for winning The Henry Prentiss Becton Graduate Prize for exceptional achievement in research!

April 2021

Congratulations to Faboratory graduate student Sophia Eristoff for winning a NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Fellowship!

April 2021

Congratulations to Faboratory postdoc Elze Porte and co-authors, "Capacitive sensor measurement rate improves by pre-stretching" is a best poster finalist at RoboSoft 2021

April 2021

Our Nature Materials paper on stretchable electronics is featured by Yale News

February 2021

Our People

Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio

  • Principal Investigator
  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

  • Yale Faculty Profile
  • Google Scholar
  • Ph.D., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, 2012
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley, 2008
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2007

Dr. Joran Booth

Dr. Joran Booth


Research Scientist

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Dr. Xiaonan Huang

Dr. Xiaonan Huang


Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Amir Mohammadi Nasab

Dr. Amir Mohammadi Nasab


Postdoctoral Researcher

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Dr. Nidhi Pashine

Dr. Nidhi Pashine


Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Sreekalyan Patiballa

Dr. Sreekalyan Patiballa


Postdoctoral Researcher

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Dr. Elze Porte

Dr. Elze Porte


Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Lina Sanchez Botero

Dr. Lina Sanchez Botero


Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Osman Dogan Yirmibesoglu

Dr. Osman Dogan Yirmibesoglu


Postdoctoral Researcher

Anjali Agrawala

Anjali Agrawala


2nd-year PhD Student

Robert Baines

Robert Baines


5th-year PhD Student

Trevor Buckner

Trevor Buckner


6th-year PhD Student

Sophia Eristoff

Sophia Eristoff


3rd-year PhD Student

Medha Goyal

Medha Goyal


1st-year PhD Student

Will Johnson

Will Johnson


2nd-year PhD Student

Arthur MacKeith

Arthur MacKeith


1st-year PhD Student

Dylan Shah

Dylan Shah


6th-year PhD Student

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Luis Ramirez

Luis Ramirez


1st-year PhD Student

Sven Witthaus

Sven Witthaus


1st-year PhD Student

joint with C. O'Hern

Stephanie Woodman

Stephanie Woodman


2nd-year PhD Student

Bilige Yang

Bilige "Billy" Yang


3rd-year PhD Student

Undergraduate Researchers


Andonny Garcia

Melanie Landesberg

Neera Raychaudhuri

Eugene Thomas

Liana Tilton




Postdocs


Dr. Sang Yup Kim
current position: Assistant Professor, Sogang University
Dr. Andrew Jackson
current position: Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
Dr. Steph Walker
current position: Postdoctoral Associate at Oregon State University
Dr. Olivier Cyr-Choiniere
current position: NSER CREATE scholar in Financial Engineering at Fin-ML
Prof. Mohammed Mohammed
current position: Assistant Professor, Cairo University
Prof. J. William Boley
current position: Assistant Professor, Boston University

PhD


Dr. Shanliangzi Liu, 2020
current position: Postdoc at Rogers Research Group (Northwestern University)
Dr. R Adam Bilodeau, 2020

Dr. Jennifer Case, 2019
current position: Postdoc at NIST
Dr. Michelle Yuen, 2018
current position: Postdoc at the Harvard Microrobotics Lab
Dr. Edward White, 2017
current position: Adjunct Faculty at JHU

MS


Jiawei Zhang, 2017
current position: Process Engineer at Tesla
Trevor Lear, 2016
current position: Advanced Quality Engineer at Stryker
Thomas Chenal, 2014
current position: Continuous Improvement Engineer - Medtronic. Was an MS exchange student from EPFL

Postgrads


Thomas Sipple, 2019-2020
current position: Engineer at Organic Robotics

Undergraduate Researchers

Hannah Steele

Andrew Reardon

Kristen Henry

Ellen Yang

Jane Jacobs

John Kim

Sinem Sinmaz

Gabrielle Branin

Evelyn Huang

Nguyen Pham

John McCaw

Hannah Brown

Jarvis Du

Current Projects

Design and Optimization of Granular Metamaterials using Artificial Evolution

Sponsor: NSF DMREF

Collaborators: Corey O'Hern (Yale ), Josh Bongard (UVM)

Autonomous Environmental Transitions of an Amphibious Turtle-Inspired Robot

Sponsor: Office of Naval Research

Collaborators: Frank Fish (West Chester University), Simon Freeman (NUWC)

Robust Assembly of Compliant Modular Robots

Sponsor: NSF Robust Intelligence program

Collaborators: Kostas Bekris (Rutgers, project lead), Devin Balkcom (Dartmouth), Joran Booth (Yale), Weifu Wang (University at Albany)

Fabric-Embedded Dynamic Sensing for Adaptive Exoskeleton Assistance

Sponsor: NSF Cyber-Human Systems program

Collaborators: Holly Yanco (UML, project lead), Yan Gu (UML), Pei-Chun Kao (UML)

Granular Metamaterial Design for Extreme Pressure Differentials

Sponsor: Office of Naval Research

Collaborators: Corey O’Hern (Yale), Mark Shattuck (CCNY)

Resource Ingesting Soft Robotic Skins for in situ Regolith Sampling

Sponsor: NASA Ames

Collaborator: Darlene Lim (NASA Ames)

Programmable Skins for Moldable and Morphogenetic Soft Robots

Sponsor: NSF Emerging Frontiers & Multidisciplinary Activities

Collaborators: Madhu Venkadesan (Yale), Josh Bongard (UVM), Michael Levin (Tufts)

Soft Robotic Manipulators with Enhanced Perception using Multimodal Sensory Skins

Sponsor: NASA STTR

Collaborator: Jim McBride (Otherlab, project lead)

Active Elastic Skins for Soft Robotics (OmniSkins)

Sponsor: NASA Early Career Faculty Program

Understanding the Printability of Liquid Metal Dispersions for Additive Manufacturing
  • Sponsor: NSF CAREER

  • Morphing Limbs with Distributed Actuation, Sensing and Variable Stiffness for Turtle- and Tortoise-Inspired Amphibious Locomotion
  • Sponsor: Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program
  • Collaborator: Frank Fish (West Chester University)

  • Soft Robotics to Broaden the STEM Pipeline
  • Sponsor: NSF ITEST
  • Collaborator: Nathan Mentzer (Purdue, project lead)

  • Robotic Fabrics: Multifunctional Fabrics for Reconfigurable and Wearable Soft Systems
  • Sponsor: Air Force Young Investigator Program

  • Bagbots: Using Robotic Skins for Deployable Self-Constructing Soft Robots
  • Sponsor: NASA CT Space Grant Consortium

  • Intelligent Activewear: Computer-Aided Proprioception for Posture and Performance Enhancement
  • Sponsor: Intel Corp.
  • Collaborator: Kathleen Sienko (UMich)

  • Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing of Wearable Human Monitoring Systems
  • Sponsor: Printing SMART Films Industry Consortium
  • Collaborator: George Chiu (Purdue)

  • SENSE: Soft Elastomer Networks for State Estimation
  • Sponsor: DARPA Robotics Fast Track (RFT)
  • Collaborator: Kevin Albert (Otherlab, project lead)


  • Publications

    Shape changing robots: Bioinspiration, simulation, and physical realization Stretching coalesces the liquid metal in a multiphase silicone composite, to enable uniform electrical conductivity Rupture-induced conductivity in liquid metal nanoparticles by laser and thermal sintering, to create stretchable circuits
    Hybrid self-assembly of gallium-indium alloy onto PDMS. Cover of ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
    A stretchable gallium-indium nanoparticle circuit, printed on a nitrile glove. Cover of Advanced Materials
    Printed gallium-indium alloy stretchable circuits. Cover of Advanced Functional Materials
    Positioning of quantum dots on metallic nanostructures, as featured on the cover of Nanotechnology

    Opportunties

    Undergraduate students

    The Faboratory is always seeking highly motivated undergraduate students to assist with research projects. Students should contact Professor Kramer-Bottiglio for more information. Please note that we strongly prefer long-term projects (one year or more) due to the significant amount of training required for our projects.


    Graduate students

    Prospective graduate students should apply to the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Please specify interest in working with Professor Kramer-Bottiglio in your application. The Faboratory typically adds 1-2 graduate students each year.


    Postdocs

    The Faboratory does not currently have postdoc openings. To discuss future opportunities, please email your CV to Professor Kramer-Bottiglio.

    Contact

    General inquiries should be directed to Professor Kramer-Bottiglio
    (rebecca.krameryale.edu)


    The Faboratory at Yale University
    9 Hillhouse Ave, ML 118
    New Haven, CT 06511
    203-432-5592