Professor Liu WANG


Professor in Department of Modern Mechanics
University of Science and Technology of China

Dr. Liu Wang is a Professor in Department of Modern Mechanics at University of Science and Technology of China. His research is foucsed on soft machines and flexible structures for healthcare applications, including soft robots, soft materials, flexbile devices, human-machine interface, and 3D printing. He has published more than 40 SCI papers (22 are published as first/corresponding author) such as Nature Biomedical Engineering, Science Advances, Nature Communications (4), Advanced Materials, PNAS, etc. His works have been widely cited more than 3300 times. For more info, please check “Research Focus”, Representative publicationsGoogle scholar and ResearchGate

Restoring Hand Functions: From Soft Rehabilitation Gloves To Prosthetic Hands

The restoration of hand functions following injuries or amputations has been a long-standing challenge in the field of rehabilitation and prosthetics. In this presentation, I will discuss two recent works on recovering hand functions. The first is a soft-packaged and portable rehabilitation glove capable of closed-loop fine motor skills. We develop a soft rehabilitation glove that can accomplish diverse FMSs by integrating 15 bending sensors and 10 shape-memory-alloy (SMA) actuators. The second is a lightweight prosthetic hand with 19-DOF dexterity and human-level functions. We develop a lightweight prosthetic hand that possesses 19-DOF dexterity by integrating 38 SMA actuators to precisely control five fingers and the wrist.