Matthew Aaron Robertson
Matthew A. Robertson is a PhD candidate in the Reconfigurable Robotics Laboratory (RRL) at EPFL, currently active in the fields of Soft Robotics and Wearable Devices. His research involves the design, development, and characterization of new soft-material-based actuators, along with their unique application in versatile robotic systems. Beyond this current focus, Matthew is also generally interested in dynamic robotic legged locomotion, and mechanically-informed hueristic control strategies. Prior to entering his PhD program, he worked as a research engineer with a startup company designing, fabricating, and testing advanced robotic prosthetic devices. Matthew received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Fields of expertise
M. A. Robertson; M. Murakami; W. M. Felt; J. Paik : A Compact Modular Soft Surface with Reconfigurable Shape and Stiffness; Transactions on Mechatronics. 2018. DOI : 10.1109/TMECH.2018.2878621.
G. Agarwal; M. A. Robertson; H. A. Sonar; J. Paik : Design and Computational Modeling of a Modular, Compliant Robotic Assembly for Human Lumbar Unit and Spinal Cord Assistance; Scientific reports. 2017. DOI : 10.1038/s41598-017-14220-3.
S. L. Hauser; M. A. Robertson; A. Ijspeert; J. Paik : JammJoint: A Variable Stiffness Device Based on Granular Jamming for Wearable Joint Support; IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. 2017. DOI : 10.1109/LRA.2017.2655109.
M. A. Robertson; J. Paik : New soft robots really suck: Vacuum-powered systems empower diverse capabilities; Science Robotics. 2017. DOI : 10.1126/scirobotics.aan6357.
M. A. Robertson; H. Sadeghi; J. M. Florez; J. Paik : Soft Pneumatic Actuator Fascicles for High Force and Reliability; Soft Robotics. 2017. DOI : 10.1089/soro.2016.0029.
W. M. Felt; M. A. Robertson; J. Paik : Modeling Vacuum Bellows Soft Pneumatic Actuators with Optimal Mechanical Performance. 2018. Soft Robotics (RoboSoft 2018), 2018 IEEE-RAS International Conference on, Livorno, Italy, April 24-28, 2018.
M. A. Robertson; J. Paik : Low-inertia vacuum-powered soft pneumatic actuator coil characterization and design methodology. 2018. RoboSoft, Livorno, Italy, April 24-28, 2018.
M. A. Robertson; J. Paik : Practical control methods for vacuum driven soft actuator modules. 2017. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Vancouver, Canada, September 24-28.
H. A. Sonar; S. D. Joshi; M. A. Robertson; J. Paik : Interactive soft pneumatic actuator skin ; IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Vancouver, BC, Canada, September 24–28, 2017.
M. A. Robertson; J. Paik; A. Ijspeert; A. Wu : A low-cost, actuated passive dynamic walker kit for accessible research and education ; Dynamic Walking Conference, Mariehamn, Finland, June 4-9, 2017.
M. A. Robertson; J. Paik : Trunk postural tracking of assistive soft pneumatic actuator belt ; Dynamic Walking Conference, Holly, MI, June 4-7, 2016.