Exploratory Projects

2017 Exploratory Project Awards

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2016 Exploratory Project Awards


This project allows us to better understand how current co-robotic systems change fatigue in a worker population and to design better intervention strategies for co-robots. Construction Robotics is an industrial partner on this project.

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Facilitating safer and more ergonomic integration of UAVs in co-robotic work environments through collaboration with experts in vibration/acoustics, design-optimization/autonomous-systems, audiology, and human-cognition.


This project constructs a high-performance multilayered Si nanocomposite anode by revolutionary incorporating Li-rich ferroelectric material (LiNbO3) to support energy storage systems for human and machine interaction.


ZEAF integrates a photochemical responsive polymer sheet into building façades through an origami inspired folding pattern to efficiently control the heat gain, and thus enhance the building energy efficiency.


This project develops an in-depth scientific understanding, as well as an implementation of an innovative 3D graphene aerogel printing technology based on rapid freezing for supercapacitor application.