Haihui Yan is fascinated by robotics and believes they will be revolutionary in improving many aspects of life, from sensing of soil quality to guided fertiliser application to harvesting fruit. Haihui previously completed an internship at Bosch Rexroth, where she worked within the Application Engineering Department, experiencing Agricultural and Forestry hydraulic machinery. She completed an MEng whilst with Bosch which focused on hydraulic control systems for a power system and its manipulation. She has recently graduated with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow. Haihui’s main areas of interest lie in mechanism design of robotic systems, vision and perception systems. Haihui will be completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge. She is looking forward to exploring Lincoln, particularly the historic quarter and in her spare time enjoys playing badminton.
Simulation of a Liquid Crystal Elastomer Robotic Gripper
This project will focus upon the simulation of a Liquid Crystal Elastomer (LCE) robotic gripper for soft fruit harvesting. The aim of this project is to investigate a suitable framework for the modelling and simulation of LCE grippers. Robotic gripper designs suitable for soft fruit harvesting will be generated and refined based on results from Finite Element Analysis (FEA). FEA can be used to simulate the traits of LCE and determine which designs are most suitable for soft fruit harvesting.