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About me:

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China). Before joining Tsinghua, I was a Research Associate working with Professor Robert Wood in both the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University (2015-2022). I was also affiliated with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), working with Professor Daniela Rus (2014-2022).

I received my Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Northwestern Polytechnical University (Xi’an, China) in 2013. I also studied in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University as a visiting Ph.D. student (2008-2009) and a Postdoctoral Fellow (2014), both under the supervision of Professor Hod Lipson (now at Columbia University).


  • 03/2023  Multiple postdoc, graduate student, and researcher positions are available in my lab at Tsinghua. Feel free to contact me via email: lisglab AT, if you're interested in joining us to work on the projects in Soft Robotics, Collective Robotics, and Origami Robotics, etc.

  • 07/2022  I recently joined Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) as a tenure-track associate professor.

  • 12/2021  Two images from our research have been selected as the covers for Soft Robotics journal (six covers per year). See the cover images for the 2021 June issue, and the December issue.

  • 08/2020  Our invited review is published in Science Robotics. In this short review article, we discussed power-actuation integration strategies for untethered microrobots. See the article here.

  • 06/2019  Our "Tension Pistons" paper is published in Advanced Functional Materials. We reinvented the 300-year-old pistons by replacing rigid parts with origami-inspired soft muscles. The new "Tension Pistons" are more forceful and energy-efficient. See the news report here.

  • 03/2019  "Robot hand is soft and strong" --We will present our OMG paper (Origami Magic-ball Gripper) in this year's ICRA in Montreal, Canada. This work is done by 4 freshman undergraduates I supervised at MIT and Harvard, see the MIT News report here.

  • 12/2018  I gave an invited presentation and demo on "Soft & Strong Robots" to the NSF program directors, officers, and science writers at the National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters in Alexandria, VA. 

  • 07/2018  I gave an invited talk "Deformable and Reconfigurable Robotics" in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University.

  • 07/2018 Our origami robots and soft robots have been featured in BBC Click "What AI have MIT been creating?",  see our robots' video and the full episode from YouTube.

  • 04/2018  I demonstrated our  "Macro-Soft" robots to Mr. Bill Gates during his visit at Harvard, see the news photos here.

  • 01/2018   CBS This Morning  features our recent study, see the report from CBS News' Tony Dokoupil.

  • 12/2017  The "origami-inspired artificial muscles" research has been covered by hundreds of news outlets, including NPR, BBC, Newsweek, Forbes, Wired, HuffPost, Science Friday, Fortune, Popular Science, etc.

  • 11/2017   Our paper "Fluid-driven origami-inspired artificial muscles" is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), see the paper, and news article/video from Wyss Institute.

  • 10/2017   The "origami exoskeleton" study has been featured in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Fox News, BBC, Scientific American, New Scientist, TechCrunch, Engadget, etc.

  • 10/2017   Our paper "Robotic metamorphosis by origami exoskeletons" appears in Science Robotics, see the paper, and news articles from Science and MIT News.

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