I am interested in search and rescue research providing novel technologies for the aid of first responders including large-scale, data-driven robot swarms, reconfigurable fully autonomous soft robots, and smart medical devices focusing on emergency medicine.

Large-Scale Data-Driven Robot Swarms

Robot swarms possess ideal characteristics to aid first responders in the search for survivors after large-scale disasters. They are mobile sensor networks, that collaborate with one another and humans, and which are able to cover large areas in short amounts of time.

Related Publications

HoverBots: Precise Locomotion Using Robots That Are Designed for Manufacturability
M. P. Nemitz, Mohammed E. Sayed, John Mamish, Gonzalo Ferrer, Lijun Teng, Ross McKenzie, Alfred O. Hero, Edwin Olson, and A. A. Stokes
Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 2018. PDF

Multi-Functional Sensing for Swarm Robots Using Time Sequence Classification: HoverBot, an Example
M. P. Nemitz, R. Marcotte, M. E. Sayed, G. Ferrer, A. O. Hero, E. Olson, and A. A. Stokes
Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 2018. PDF

HoverBots: Embracing and Detecting Collisions Using Robots Designed for Manufacturability
M. P. Nemitz, E. Olson, and A. A. Stokes
International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Workshop: Swarms: From Biology to Robotics and Back, 2018. PDF

Reconfigurable Fully Autonomous Soft Robots

Soft robots possess material properties that are advantageous for interacting with survivors after large-scale disasters. Robots that are made of soft materials, materials which Young’s modulus is lower than that of human skin, allow for inherently safe interactions with humans. Their mechanical compliance enables entering difficult-to-access terrain such as squeezing through niches.

Related Publications

Linbots: Soft, Modular Robots Utilising Voice Coils
R. M. McKenzie, M. E. Sayed, M. P. Nemitz, B. W. Flynn, and A. A. Stokes
Soft robotics, 2018. PDF

Capability by Stacking: The Current Design Heuristic for Soft Robots
S. T. Mahon, J. Roberts, M. E. Sayed, D. H. Chun, S. Aracri, R. M. McKenzie, M. P. Nemitz, and A. A. Stokes
Biomimetics, 2018. PDF

Using Voice Coils to Actuate Modular Soft Robots: Wormbot, an Example
M. P. Nemitz, P. Mihaylov, T. W. Barraclough, D. Ross, and A. A. Stokes
Soft robotics, 2016. PDF

Controlling and Simulating Soft Robotic Systems: Insights from a Thermodynamic Perspective
D. Ross, M. P. Nemitz, and A. A. Stokes
Soft Robotics, 2016. PDF

Smart Medical Devices

Physicians and medical personnel often work with technologies that are non-ideal for specific use cases. This holds especially true in emergency situations in which medical professionals usually have to improvise in order to save the patient. In rescue operations, first responders are rarely medical professionals, medical equipment is often times not available, and the focus lies on stabilizing the patient and preparing for transport to an adjacent hospital. This work focuses on developing life-saving technologies that aid first responders (medically and non-medically trained) in stabilizing and transporting survivors.

Related Publications

Soft RFID sensors: Wireless Long-range Strain Sensors Using Radio-frequency Identification
L. Teng, K. Pan, M. P. Nemitz, R. Song, Z. Hu, and A. A. Stokes
Soft robotics, 2018. PDF

Integrating Soft Sensor Systems Using Conductive Thread
L. Teng, K. Jeronimo, T. Wei, M. P. Nemitz, G. Lyu, and Adam A. Stokes
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 2018. PDF

SOPHIA: Soft Orthotic Physiotherapy Hand Interactive Aid
A. C. McConnell, M. Vallejo, R. C. Moioli, F. L. Brasil, N. Secciani, M. P. Nemitz, C. P. Riquart, D. W. Corne, P. A. Vargas, and A. A. Stokes
Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, 2017PDF