Research on Contextual Design of Adaptive Robotic Manipulators
Welcome to the academic research webpage of Frank L. Hammond III. My research focuses on a variety of topics in robotic manipulation, including underactuated robotic grasping, kinematically redundant manipulation, teleoperative robotic surgery surgical training, sensors and instrumentation for embedded sensing and haptic feedback. The goal of this research is to leverage our knowledge of human and animal motion (locomotion, grasp synergies, robustness to uncertainty and variation), novel embedded sensing and actuation methods (soft sensors, compliant flexures, underactuation), and computational design methods (machine learning, evolutionary optimization) to create robotic devices that boast the versatility and adaptability of biological organisms/manipulators while possessing the precision, strength and speed of man-made machines.
August 20, 2014
Accepted joint faculty position in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
April 7, 2014
Paper on the Estimation of Surgical Needle Shape using Printed Strain Gauge accepted for IEEE/EMBS Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference.
February 6, 2014
Paper on Soft Modular Data Glove for Human Motion and Force Measurement accepted for 2014 IEEE Intl. Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.
Upcoming Events and Research Milestones
March 1, 2015
Submission deadline for the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Hambrug, Germany (one paper planned)
January 22, 2015
Presentation of Printing Strain Gauges on Surgical Instruments for Force Measurement poster at Design of Medical Devices Conference 2014 and DMD Three-in-Five Competition.
December 23, 2014
Submission target for Soft Robotics Journal, focused on soft sensor embedded pneumatic actuators for control of multi-axis robotic manipulators.
September 15, 2014
Submission deadline for the 2015 International Conference and Robotics and Automation (Two papers planned).