Robotics with Granular Materials

Heinrich Jaeger  

Wednesdays@NICO Seminar, Noon, April 4 2012, Chambers Hall, Lower Level

Prof. Heinrich Jaeger, University of Chicago


This talk discusses recent work that exploits the jamming transition in granular materials for actuators, universal grippers, and reconfigurable robots. I will also introduce new ideas about how to find particle shapes that optimize jamming behavior.


Heinrich Jaeger is the William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in physics in 1987, working under Allen Goldman at the University of Minnesota on ultrathin superconducting films. He has been on the faculty at Chicago since 1991, directing the Chicago Materials Research Center from 2001 – 2006, and the James Franck Institute from 2007-2010. Jaeger’s current research focuses on investigations of self -assembled nanoparticle structures, the rheology of dense suspensions, and the properties of macroscopic granular matter. More information can be found at