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Prof. Shanshan Yao Wins NSF Career Award

Professor Shanshan Yao of the Mechanical Engineering department has been awarded $500k from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) for her proposal “CAREER: Closing the Loop of Human-Machine Interactions via Skin-Like Multimodal Haptic Interfaces” to conduct research aimed to develop haptic interfaces that can produce cues that skin would be capable of sensing. This exploration of the design of haptic interfaces will aid in discovering what feedback sensations are most efficiently experienced through the skin.

The information gleaned from this project will create a foundation for closed-loop human-machine interfaces and interactive user-and-machine applications. In addition, this project possesses the potential to enhance robotics, prosthetics, teleoperation, smart manufacturing, entertainment, medical/military training, and virtual reality (VR)/augmented reality (AR) machinery. When enough research has been conducted about this subject, students will be able to enter more diverse fields of haptic devices and nanotechnology. 

SnappyXO Showcasing at CES 2023

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invited Mechanismic Inc, a Stony Brook University startup, to showcase SnappyXO Design at the CES 2023 in Las Vegas, NV. Mechanismic Inc. was part of the U.S. Government Startup showcase as one of only ten companies and the only NSF-funded company invited to present their work. The CES, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association, is the largest tech event of the world, which drew close to 115,000 attendees this year and has a rigorous process for accepting the latest technologies being unveiled at the show.

SnappyXO CES2023The SnappyXO Design ( is a STEM Robotics education product for K-12, colleges and universities, and makers and hobbyists being developed by Mechanismic Inc. in collaboration with Stony Brook University through a $1M NSF STTR Phase 2 award. Mechanismic Inc. was represented by Dr. Anurag Purwar of Mechanical Engineering (Co-PI) and Wei Liao, who leads Systems Division at Mechanismic. Mr. Liao is a Mechanical Engineering graduate (B.S. and M.S.) from SBU who has developed the latest version of the groundbreaking MotionGen Pro software. MotionGen Pro is the world's first AI-driven robot motion design software, which is being used by students, researchers, and industry professionals and derives lineage from an earlier NSF funded research grant titled "A Computational Framework for Data-Driven Mechanism Design Innovation" to Dr. Anurag Purwar (PI) and Dr. Jeff Ge (Co-PI). Prior to receiving NSF STTR phase I and II funding, Dr. Purwar's team received a national NSF I-Corps award of $50,000 to determine the product-market fit for SnappyXO Design.