Shuguang Li

Shuguang Li
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | MIT · Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

PhD

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February 2014 - September 2014
Cornell University
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  • PostDoc Position
September 2008 - November 2009
Cornell University
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  • PhD Student
September 2000 - February 2014
Northwestern Polytechnical University
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  • PhD Student

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In article number 1901419, Shuguang Li, Daniela Rus, Robert J. Wood, and co‐workers propose a new concept for a tension‐driven piston. It utilizes a combination of flexible membrane materials and compressible rigid structures. In contrast to conventional pistons, the pressure‐induced tension forces in the membrane play a primary role in the tension...
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Pistons are ubiquitous devices used for fluid‐mechanical energy conversion. However, despite this ubiquity and centuries of development, the forces and motions produced by conventional rigid pistons are limited by their design. The use of flexible materials and structures opens a door to the design of a piston with unconventional features. In this...
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Soft robotics has yielded numerous examples of soft grippers that utilize compliance to achieve impressive grasping performances with great simplicity, adaptability, and robustness. Designing soft grippers with substantial grasping strength while remaining compliant and gentle is one of the most important challenges in this field. In this paper, we...
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Biological organisms achieve robust high-level behaviours by combining and coordinating stochastic low-level components1–3. By contrast, most current robotic systems comprise either monolithic mechanisms4,5 or modular units with coordinated motions6,7. Such robots require explicit control of individual components to perform specific functions, and...
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In this paper, we present a soft-bodied jumping robot called JelloCube, which leverages its body's elasticity to achieve a highly dynamic passive bouncing motion after an active jumping motion. This cube-shaped robot is covered by silicone foam, and each of its six faces has an opening to allow for jumping actuation. By winding up and releasing an...
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Artificial muscles hold promise for safe and powerful actuation for myriad common machines and robots. However, the design, fabrication, and implementation of artificial muscles are often limited by their material costs, operating principle, scalability, and single-degree-of-freedom contractile actuation motions. Here we propose an architecture for...
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Changing the inherent physical capabilities of robots by metamorphosis has been a long-standing goal of engineers. However, this task is challenging because of physical constraints in the robot body, each component of which has a defined functionality. To date, self-reconfiguring robots have limitations in their on-site extensibility because of the...
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Developing miniature robots that can carry out versatile clinical procedures inside the body under the remote instructions of medical professionals has been a long time challenge. In his paper, we present origami-based robots that can be ingested into the stomach, locomote to a desired location, patch a wound, remove a foreign body, deliver drugs,...
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Soft-bodied robots are designed to work in the physical world with a high compliance, while most of them lack in highly dynamic motion. In this paper, we present a soft-bodied jumping robot, which leverages its body’s elasticity to achieve a highly dynamic passive bouncing motion after an active jumping motion. This robot has a cubic shape. It is c...
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Soft-bodied robots are designed to work in the physical world with a high compliance, while most of them lack in highly dynamic motion. In this paper, we present a soft-bodied jumping robot, which leverages its body's elasticity to achieve a highly dynamic passive bouncing motion after an active jumping motion. This robot has a cubic shape. It is c...
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One aspect of the present invention involves investigation of the principles and feasibility of the harvesting energy from the wind in constrained spaces, such as around buildings, as an alternative to conventional rotary wind turbines. Some embodiments involve the idea of harvesting energy from wind induced vibration instead of wind driven rotatio...
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In this article, we present a robot capable of autonomously traversing and manipulating a three-dimensional (3-D) truss structure. The robot can approach and traverse multiple structural joints using a combination of translational and rotational motions. A key factor in allowing reliable motion and engagement is the use of specially designed struct...
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In this paper, we validate whether the network modularity can emerge, and the evolution performance can be improved by varying the environment or evolution process under a more freeform artificial evolution. Previous studies have demonstrated that the modular structure naturally arisen as a response of the variations on environment and selection pr...
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In this experimental study, we propose and test a bioinspired piezo-leaf architecture which converts wind energy into electrical energy by wind-induced fluttering motion. While conventional fluttering devices are arranged in parallel with the flow direction, here we explore a dangling cross-flow stalk arrangement. This architecture amplifies the vi...
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We present a concept for a modular robot with a quasi-regular polyhedron based on a cuboctahedron element. Lattice-type modular robots can adapt their morphology by reconfiguring to various shapes. While regular polyhedrons provide the bases of many promising 3D lattice elements, few modular robots have shapes with more than six regular faces. The...
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We propose a pure topological recurrent networks controller, which has random binary connections in hidden layer, and all hidden neurons are activated by sinusoidal functions. A direct graph encoding method and four genetic operators are implemented for using genetic programming to train this controller. Firstly, its feasibility and efficiency were...
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We study a parallelized flapping piezo-leaf generator for harvesting ambient wind energy and demonstrate an initial design. We fabricated prototypes in various configurations and performed a series of experiments to study performance trends. We propose a novel vertical-stalk L-shape design that exhibits improved output power density over horizontal...
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We propose a motifs seeding method to encourage the emergence of modular structure during network evolution. Previous studies fail to trigger modularity on freeform evolving ANNs either when varying environmental factors or the evolutionary process itself. We extracted statistical profiles of 3-node and 4-node motifs from evolved networks, and then...

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