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SCALABLY MANUFACTURED SKIN-INTERFACED TRIBOELECTRIC SENSORS FOR HUMAN-ROBOTICS TEAMING

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posted on 2024-04-21, 05:13 authored by Shujia XuShujia Xu

Human-robotics teaming (HRT) has many highly impactful applications in industry, medical, rehabilitation, military, mixed reality, etc. High quality sensing technologies and communications are inevitable for the HRT development. Many commercial sensors, such as vision-based, audio-based and proximity sensors, are usually rigid and difficult for conformable and large-scale integration. Imperceptible soft sensing devices feasible for human/robot integration with high compliance are attractive for the HRT applications. In addition, ubiquitous sensing with good robustness, self-powered capability, high fidelity, and high SNR are desirable for future HRT.

This dissertation presents a comprehensive study of SITS theory, ink-based materials, scalable manufacturing methods to develop SITS devices for various applications, including spray coated SITS for human pulse analysis and robotic control, fabric smart glove for objects recognition, and plant triboelectric skin powered IoT sensing system. We develop the SITS theory and propose design strategies for high-performance SITS devices. We study the ink-based materials and scalable manufacturing methods for SITS. We also conduct materials modifications, device configuration and system integration to fabricate versatile SITS for different applications. The presented concepts and applications vast from human skin to plant skin, which shows great potentials to implement SITS technology for future HRT system.

History

Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy

Department

  • Industrial Engineering

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

WENZHUO WU

Additional Committee Member 2

DENNY YU

Additional Committee Member 3

GARY CHENG

Additional Committee Member 4

YAN GU

Additional Committee Member 5

YU SHE

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