Jun Shintake is developing actuators, sensors, and robots that are made of soft materials. Soft actuators are also known as artificial muscles. These type of actuators can be applied to human assistive wearable devices as well as robots. Compliant sensors can be used as strain gauges that detect movement and deformation of objects, and also be exploited as pressure sensors to measure foot pressure of a person walking, for example.
In addition, Shintake would like to study soft robots where the two robotic elements mentioned previously are integrated. The type of robots I would like to develop are bio-inspired systems such as fish-like machines and flying devices. Through these research activities he would like to contribute to society, while expanding my research field and collaborating with industry.
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Intelligent Systems Engineering, The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo.
Research Highlight: Soft robotic gripper based on dielectric elastomer actuators