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Besides from communicating my work to the academic community, I am also interested in reaching out to excite the public about robotics and physics. To generate interests in my work and more broadly in robotics, I've explained my work to teams of teenage girls interested in science and engineering, served as a science fair judge for high school students, helped with museum exhibitions, and presented at non-academic conferences. Below are some interesting photos coming out of my work and outreach efforts. If you are interested in discussing more about these works, you can contact me at yufengchen@seas.harvard.edu

HAMR_and_RoboBee

My core research interest is developing multimodal, multifunctional microrobots. On the left, this is a 1.6 g, hybrid terrestrial-aquatic legged robot. In the center, this is a  175 mg, flapping wing aerial robot. They are slightly larger but much lighter than a penny!

swimmingjumpingjumping

Composite images of the robot swimming, emerging from the water surface, and jumping. Since 2012, my colleagues have shown that the RoboBee can hover in air. Now, this redesigned robot can also swim and jump off the water surface!

broken beebroken_bee_view2

Sometimes we learn through failures. Here is a failed experiment in which the explosion pressure completely destroys the robot.

water_sparkersparker_water

This is a 7.5 mg, multifunctional device for the RoboBee water-to-air transition. In water, the device breaks water into oxyhydrogen. In air, it generates a spark to ignite the gas. 

DavosRoboBee Swarm

Together with my colleague Farrell Helbling, we attended the "Summer Davos Meeting" held by the World Economic Forum in 2016. We brought a swarm of 40 RoboBees to the exhibition and introduced our work to world leaders in politics, business, and education.