Necmiye Ozay Wins Hybrid Systems Prize

For her outstanding work in hybrid systems, a theoretical area very important to robotics, Professor Necmiye Ozay has received a major best paper award. The details of her award are here. Necmiye’s work on Correct-by-Design Control Software Synthesis is aimed at breaking down the barriers that have prevented this field from tackling important industrial problems. In the paper, she and her co-author develop finite abstractions that are equipped with robustness margins, allowing sensing and model imperfections to be addressed in a formally correct manner. They apply the results to Adaptive Cruise Control, an important Automated Drive Assist System, and point out other important applications in robotics and autonomous vehicles.

Robots beware: we will detect your anomalies!


Professor Necmiye Ozay has been awarded the NASA Early CAREER Faculty award, which enables Professor Ozay and her team to develop “Run-time anomaly detection and mitigation in information-rich cyber-physical systems.” The crowning application will be an exploration problem involving humans and robots.

More information here.


Invention Award for Holly Braille

Brent Gillespie, Alex Russomanno, Mark Burns, and Sile O’Mohdrain won a Popular Science Invention Award for their demonstration of a refreshable display that will eventually allow a full page of text and graphics to be represented in braille.

The team’s highly innovative device uses microfluidic chips to control the raising and lowering of braille dots, with up to 10,000 of them on a single page. The device has been given the moniker Holly Braille.

Popular Science

You can read more about the project in the May/June 2016 issue of Popular Science, or check out the online version of the article.


Researchers from the U-M Robotics and Motion Laboratory win competition in soft robotics!

Wyatt Felt, Khai Yi Chin, Kevin Green, and Prof. C. David Remy from the Robotics and Motion Laboratory received a $5000 award for their work on Smart Braids (  Smart Braids are conductive reinforcing fibers that provide a way of sensing the deformation and force output of fiber-reinforced actuators without any external transducers. They are able to do this by sensing a change in resistance and inductance which corresponds to movement of the braids. The technology, which was recently patented by the team, was selected as the best Research Contribution out of  82 submissions from over 20 countries around the world.

The 2015 Soft Robotics Competition, was held by the “soft robotics toolkit website”, which was developed as part of educational research being undertaken in the Biodesign Lab at Harvard University. The ultimate aim of the toolkit is to advance the field of soft robotics by allowing designers and researchers to build upon each other’s work. The toolkit includes detailed documentation describing a wide range of soft robotic components (such as controllers, actuators, or sensors), and enables soft robotic systems to be produced easily and affordably (

Ulsoy receives Hanafusa Award

Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award in Flexible Automation was presented to A. Galip Ulsoy at the 2014 International Symposium on Flexible Automation held on Awaji Island in Japan. This prestigious international award is presented once every two years to an investigator who has significantly contributed to the field of flexible automation.  The Symposium was founded in 1986 and the awards were first introduced in 1998. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Systems, Control, and Information Engineers sponsor the event. The term “flexible automation” is synonymous with the automation technologies required to meet the transforming needs of modern manufacturing, and includes industrial robotics.