RaMS Lab @ UCR


Welcome to the Robotics and Medical Systems (RaMS) Laboratory


Located in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of California Riverside, the RaMS lab focuses on soft and compliant robots to address fundamental challenges in a variety of medical and agricultural applications, such as minimally invasive surgery, cancer detection, drug delivery, rehabilitation, and harvesting. Specifically, our research is targeted towards:

  • Imaging-Guided Surgical Robots
  • Fluidic Soft Robots
  • Tendon-Driven Robots
  • Smart Material Robots
  • Medical Devices



Receiving the NSF CAREER Award for Microfabricated Mesoscale Soft Robots!

by Jun Sheng | May 9, 2024

We're thrilled to announce that we've been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for our groundbreaking work on Microfabricated Mesoscale Soft Robots with Embodied Intelligence for Minimally Invasive Surgery. This grant extends over five years, from 2024 to 2029, empowering us to pioneer new frontiers in medical robotics and intelligent systems.

Jason Winning UCR Undergraduate Research Mini-Grant

by Jun Sheng |  May 9, 2024 

Congratulations to Jason for winning UCR undergraduate research Mini-Grant to support his project on shape memory alloy enabled microdebrider! 

Receiving the NIH NIBIB Trailblazer Award for robotically Steerable Laser Interstitial Thermotherapy (SLIT)!

by Jun Sheng | August 17, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that we have been honored with the Trailblazer Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). This award will fund our collaborative research with City of Hope and Loma Linda University from 2023 to 2026. We are poised to revolutionize technologies and science for minimally invasive neurosurgery!

Welcome Gabriel and Khulan for Summer Research

by Jun Sheng | July 1, 2023

Welcome Gabriel Aguilar and Khulan Bayarsaikhan to join RAMS for summer research. Gabriel is supported by the NSF-funded UCR MacREU program. Khulan is supported by the UCR Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP). They are working on an exciting soft robot project!

USDA NIFA Award for Flexible Agricultural Robots

by Jun Sheng | May 22, 2023

Our collaborative project entitled "Vision-Guided Flexible Robots for Harvesting the Interior of Tree Crops" in collaboration with Prof. Salman Asif (UCR EE) and Prof. Peggy Mauk (UCR AgOps) will be funded by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in 2023-2025. 

Sophia Winning UCR Undergraduate Research Mini-Grant

by Jun Sheng |  May 15, 2022 

Congratulations to Sophia for winning UCR undergraduate research Mini-Grant to support her project on a mesoscale soft surgical robot! 

Boshen's PhD Candidacy

by Jun Sheng |  Apr. 2, 2023

Congratulations on your successful PhD candidacy! This is a significant achievement and a testament to your hard work, dedication, and academic abilities. As you move forward in your studies, remember to stay focused and motivated, and don't hesitate to seek support and guidance from your advisors and colleagues. Your candidacy marks the beginning of a challenging and rewarding journey. Best of luck to you!

Julio Winning UCR Undergraduate Research Mini-Grant

by Jun Sheng |  Oct. 1, 2022 

Congratulations to Julio for winning UCR undergraduate research Mini-Grant to support his project on a robotically steerable ablation probe! 

NSF NRI Award for Adaptive Wearable Robots

by Jun Sheng |  Sept. 13, 2022 

Our collaborative project entitled "Adaptive Wearable Robots for Movement Assistance via Bio-Inspired Sensorimotor Integration" in collaboration with Prof. Jonathan Realmuto (UCR ME) and Prof. Terence Sanger (UCI ECE, CHOC)  will be funded by NSF National Robotics Initiative (NRI) in 2022-2026. 





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