Flexible AI-enabled Mechatronic Systems Lab (FAMS)

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Soft and bio-inspired mechatronic systems could effectively deal with uncertain or constrained environments while maximizing the users’ safety. For example, the development of soft robotic structures faces a number of scientific challenges, including material selection, fabrication techniques, and kinematic simulation. There are currently big knowledge gaps in the fabrication, control, and application of versatile soft robotic platforms. (Reference: www.ieee-ras.org/soft-robotics)

The primary goal is to develop interactive robotic systems for industrial and educational applications. The main focuses are surgical, after-surgical rehabilitation, and wearable devices for enhancing accessibility. We also look into the educational aspect of robotic systems for college and K-12 students.


  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Quality Control and Documentation

Majors and Areas of Interest

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering/Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • All majors are welcome!

Methods and Technologies

  • Finite Element Analysis (Abaqus, etc.)
  • Arduino and Raspberry Pi
  • Stereolithography 3D Printing
  • CNC machinery
  • Injection molding
  • Pneumatic actuation
  • Computer vision
  • Soft or Shape memory materials
  • Wireless communication


  • NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • NYU Tandon Makerspace
  • National Institute of Health Clinical Center
  • NSF VentureWell

Primary Instructors