Roy Kornbluh

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Principal Research Engineer, Robotic Systems

Roy Kornbluh, is a Principal Research Engineer in SRI International’s Robotics Laboratory where he leads projects that explore the interface between new materials and phenomenon and mechanics. Roy has contributed to and led a wide variety of projects to as well as for other systems. He has leveraged this experience to lead a wide variety of projects including the development of new electromechanical transducers for walking, crawling, and flying robots, new approaches for harvesting the energy of ocean waves and tidal flow, and wearable devices for augmenting human performance and maintaining thermal comfort.

Roy is one of the principal inventors of the dielectric elastomer type of electroactive polymer artificial muscle transducer. He is also the principal inventor of the electrolaminate type of mechanical metamaterial that is being applied to a variety of applications in aerospace, robotics, and biomechanics.

Roy is the author or coauthor of more than 60 publications in the areas of polymer actuators and robotics, and holds more than 30 patents in these areas. He served on the IPC of the SPIE Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices Conference and is an associate editor for the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.

In the early 90s, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador where he helped improve rural water and sanitation systems.

Roy has an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.

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