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Specials Topics: Morphing Materials: From Programmable To Learning Matter

Course Information

Course Number

HCI Undergraduate: 05-499
HCI Graduate: 05-899

Course Description

Morphing matter is responsive and adaptive material system. It combines interdisciplinary knowledge in material science, advanced fabrication, computational design, design thinking and communication. This course teaches the designing, printing and engineering of morphing matter- the creation of new materials that can change their shapes. The course consists of both design and technical lectures, light weight hands-on lab sessions, and two interdisciplinary team projects. In class, use cases from soft robotics, AR gears, self-assembly food to smart fabrics will be discussed. We will also cover a range of morphing material systems including pneumatic actuation, shape memory thermoplastics, hydrogels and tendon-driven morphing materials.

Semester Offered and Units

Semester: Intermittent
Graduate: 12 units



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