Flexible skin with microactuators



Tactile feedback in robotics, prosthetics and rehabilitation is needed to transfer the information acquired by biomimetic skin. Currently this is achieved through vibrotactile feedback. However, the current actuators for vibrotactile feedback are bulky and the feedback is very limited. This has led researchers to explore invasive methods using neural probes. However, invasive methods are painful and current technology is far from practical use. We will overcome this challenge and develop flexible e-skin with ultra-thin microactuators with a combination of inductive coils and magnetic materials (to enhance the expansion of skin during vibration). The high-density microactuators and flexibility of substrate on which they are realized, will lead to enriched tactile feedback. The new skin patch will be validated by connecting with sensing components. Secondments will provide an opportunity to verify the effectiveness of proposed approach for tactile feedback in prosthetics and rehabilitation applications.

Expected Results

Ultra-flexible skin with microactuator array for vibrotactile feedback.


Host institution: University of Glasgow

Enrolments (in Doctoral degree): University of Glasgow


Ravinder Dahiya, Asgeir Alexandersson

Presentation of ESR8

My name is Mahdieh Shojaei Baghini. My Ph.D. research at the University of Glasgow is focused on the development of new and translational technologies for the next generation of synthetic skin devices. By bringing together biology and engineering I would like to lead and contribute towards the fabrication of devices inspired from electronics and mechanics such as transistors and actuators, which exhibit biological integration capabilities. I received my masters with Honours in Biomedical Engineering from TU Delft, Netherlands, specializing in Bioelectronics. I completed my Bachelors in Electronics and Communications Engineering from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India. Through my past research endeavors in the domains of micro/nano- fabrication, bioelectronics and multi physics modeling, I realized that my passion lies at the intersection of science and engineering.