Yantao Shen

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—We present a novel hysteresis compensation method for piezoelectric actuators. We consider the hysteresis nonlinearity of the actuator as a disturbance over a linear system. A disturbance observer (DOB) is then utilized to estimate and compensate for the hysteresis nonlinearity. In contrast to the existing inverse-model-based approach, the DOB-based(More)
Conjugated polymers are promising actuation materials for bio/micromanipulation systems, biomimetic robots, and biomedical devices. For these applications, it is highly desirable to have predictive models available for feasibility study and design optimization. In this paper a scalable model is presented for trilayer conjugated polymer actuators based on J.(More)
— A robotic device with haptic, tactile, and ultrasound capabilities, which can acquire and render information of breast pathology was developed. A physician interface that can examine the human breast remotely and accurately, using such a robotic device was also developed. Such a robotic device can be used to do screening or focused breast exams for(More)
Compact sensing methods are desirable for ionic polymer–metal composite (IPMC) actuators in microrobotic and biomedical applications. In this paper a novel sensing scheme for IPMC actuators is proposed by bonding an IPMC and a PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) thin film with an insulating layer in between. The insulating layer thickness is properly designed to(More)