TIAN (TIM) CHEN

News

July 11, 2020

Our paper detailing the design and fabrication of the Canopy pavilion on the EPFL campus has been accepted at the Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG2020) conference.

April 10, 2020

Our paper proposing a novel mechanical meta-material with stable memory and re-programmable properties has been accepted at the 25th ICTAM conference.

November 8, 2019

I was awarded the ETH medal for my doctoral thesis titled 'Materials-​Based Design of Autonomous Machines Using 4D Printing' by the Rectorate of ETH Zurich.

The medal is awarded to outstanding doctoral theses(<8%), and includes a prize of 2,000 CHF.

October 10, 2019

We entered the IASS 2019 Form and Force competition with the 'Elastic Rod Pavilion' and was announced as a prize winner. The accompanying conference proceeding is titled X-Shell Pavilion: A Deployable Elastic Rod Structure.

June 28, 2019

Resulting from a continuing collaboration with Caltech, our paper on a self deploying solar panel was published in Physical Review Applied and selected as an Editors' Suggestion.

Further, this work was featured in a Focus Story in Physics.

June 6, 2019

From a continuing collaboration with MIT, our paper titled Design and Computational Modeling of a 3D Printed Pneumatic Toolkit for Soft Robotics was published in Soft Robotics.

April 18, 2019

Our paper titled Programmable, active lattice structures: Unifying stretch-dominated and bending-dominated topologies was published in Extreme Mechanics Letters.

January 1, 2019

Starting my post-doc at EPFL! I will be working at the Flexible Structures Laboratory and the Geometric Computing Laboratory, straddling both the engineering and the computer science department.

June 11, 2018

My SNSF Postdoc.Mobility application titled Exploring Mechanical Instability for Assistive Exoskeletal Devices was approved.

May 15, 2018

Collaborating with the folks at Caltech, our paper titled Harnessing bistability for directional propulsion of soft, untethered robots was published in PNAS. The paper was featured on both ETH and Caltech front pages, and was on CBS news in August of 2018!