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Dr Andrew Conn
Dr Andrew Conn
My research revolves around the application of biological inspiration to solve challenging engineering problems. The integration of elasticity and compliance into systems such robots is central to this, driven by the potential for great improvements in human-robot interaction, prosthetic devices and robot mobility in unstructured environments. The primary focus of my research involves the development of soft actuation technologies such as electro-active polymers, which possess actuation characteristics comparable to biological muscle. Recent research highlights have included advancements in elastomeric actuator fabrication techniques, scalable multiple degree of freedom actuators, soft worm-like robots and the development of artificial chromatophores for soft visual displays.
- Biologically-inspired design
Novel actuators and sensors
Micro air vehicles
- Hinitt, A, Rossiter, J & Conn, A 2015, WormTIP: An Invertebrate inspired active Tactile Imaging Pneumostat. in: Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems: Living Machines 2015., pp. 38-49
- Hinitt, A, Conn, A & Rossiter, J 2015, Non-back-drivable binary bistable DEA device. in: Proceedings on Fifth international conference on Electromechanically Active Polymer (EAP) transducers & artificial muscles. EuroEAP
- Follador, M, Conn, A & Rossiter, J 2015, Bistable minimum energy structures (BiMES) for binary robotics. Smart Materials and Structures, vol 24., pp. 065037
- Hinitt, AD & Conn, AT 2014, A novel method of fabricating laminated silicone stack actuators, with pre-strained dielectric layers. in: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. SPIE
- Follador, M, Conn, AT, Mazzolai, B & Rossiter, JM 2014, Active-elastic bistable minimum energy structures. Applied Physics Letters, vol 105.
- Conn, AT, Hinitt, AD & Wang, P 2014, Soft segmented inchworm robot with dielectric elastomer muscles. in: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. SPIE
- Pearson, M, Conn, AT & Herrmann, G 2014, Joint conferences — TAROS 2012 and FIRA 2012. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol 62., pp. 281
- Assaf, T, Conn, AT, Rossiter, JM, Walters, P & Pearson, M 2014, Artificial vibrissae DEA-based module. in: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. SPIE
- Rossiter, JM, Conn, AT, Cerruto, A, Winters, A & Roke, C 2014, Colour gamuts in polychromatic dielectric elastomer artificial chromatophores. in: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. SPIE
- Conn, A, Wang, P & Hinitt, A 2014, Electro-mechanical modelling of a dielectric elastomer driven soft robot. in: Proceedings of Fourth international conference on Electromechanically Active Polymer (EAP) transducers & artificial muscles. EuroEAP
Dr Conn currently teaches 2 courses:
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