Luis Urrutia

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Department M.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering, 2019
Biography

Education

M.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2019

B.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2016

Biography

Luis grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. During his undergrad, he pursued his passion in the areas of robotics and controls. Previous research experiences include control of servo systems in hard disk drives at UC-Berkeley, object avoidance in autonomous cars at MIT, and development of an interface for robotic algorithm testing at UIUC. In 2017, Luis joined University of Illinois’s BAM lab as a graduate student to continue pursuing his research interests and to explore and enhance his knowledge of biomimetic solutions to engineering problems in robotics.

Research

Luis’s research is focused in the field of soft robotics. Inspired by how certain animals exploit their soft structure to move effectively in complex environments has led to the development of bioinspired robots that incorporate soft materials for applications such as gripping and locomotion. One of the biggest challenges in soft robotics is the design of actuation systems capable of producing high forces and controlling/sensing the high degree of freedom of the deformable soft material. Luis’s research is currently focused on studying actuation and sensing methods for soft structures and determining the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

Email urrutia2@nospam5d80a10bc09bf.illinois.edu