The smart anthropomorphic contact surface technology (SACST)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Imin Kao, Department of Mechanical Engineering


The smart anthropomorphic contact surface technology (SACST) utilizes the soft contact model, normal force and pressure distribution at the contact interface, friction limit surface, and stiffness of contact to automatically adjust critical parameters of the contact interface, by measuring contact pressure distribution and dynamically reshaping the surface through embedded actuation systems in real time to redistribute or actively control the critical parameters in order to make a surface intelligent. Such design can also implement dynamic functions such as massage or tilting of contact surfaces. Also included in this framework is the use of MEMS microvalves and sensors for the research development of distributed contact surface. The miniaturization of MEMS valves makes it possible for the intelligent surface to become a distributed rather than a discrete one.

Follow the links below for more information.

Robotics and Human Augemented Systems

Intelligent Surface Control and Contour Management

Please direct any questions to:

Imin Kao
Manufacturing and Automation Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY, 11794

Phone: (631)-632-8308
Fax: (631)-632-8544