The Soft Robotics Research Group of the Open University of Sri lanka"Through our Soft Robotics Research Group (SORRG) we are actively engaged in deriving relationships between nature’s creations and biologically inspired robotic systems, to solve pertaining issues with sustainable and creative solutions. We mainly investigate the areas of medical robotics, surveillance robotics and more recently implementing soft robotics solutions for gait disorders in Sri Lanka. We have observed the existence of primary survival instincts and locomotive methods of Arboreal creatures that can enhance the motions of robots, to explore beyond smooth terrains. Applications of our research shows that exploration is truly limitless, from craters of Volcanoes, to the craters of Mars. We have also developed hand gesture controlled soft robotic manipulators with high precision intended for medical procedures in epidemic environments or surveillance purposes. Cutting edge manufacturing/fabricating facilities (additive manufacturing and lithography techniques), software simulations tools (VREP, SOFA, SOLIDWORKS, ANSYS, ABAQUS, COMSOL) and design packages (MATLAB, Mathematica) with modern tool boxes are used in high quality prototyping and validating. All these have been done with the intention of promoting research culture among young students, facilitating them to push beyond self-imposed boundaries and discover their true potential to become skilful engineers."
Eng.(Mrs) Nimali T Medagedara
Senior Lecturer Gr 1
Visit of Foreign delegates to the Research lab
3D printing facilities
The visiting Dean of Technology University of Kelaniya