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Speeding Research with Autonomous Experimentation

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Thursday, March 3, 2022, 4 pm

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ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

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Benji Maruyama, PhD

Air Force Research Laboratory


The current materials research process is slow and expensive; taking decades from invention to commercialization. The Air Force Research Laboratory pioneered ARESTM, the first autonomous research systems for materials development. Researchers are now exploiting advances in artificial intelligence (AI), autonomy & robotics, along with modeling and simulation to create research robots capable of doing iterative experimentation orders of magnitude faster than today. We will discuss concepts and advances in autonomous experimentation in general, and associated hardware, software and autonomous methods.

We expect autonomous research to revolutionize the research process, and propose a “Moore’s Law for the Speed of Research,” where the rate of advancement increases exponentially, and the cost of research drops exponentially. We also consider a renaissance in “Citizen Science” where access to online research robots makes science widely available. This presentation will highlight advances in autonomous research and consider the implications of AI-driven experimentation on the materials landscape.


Dr. Benji Maruyama is a Principal Materials Research Engineer in the Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, RX Liaison to ACT3 and Autonomous Materials Lead for RX. Dr. Maruyama pioneered ARESTM Autonomous Research Systems for materials development, with the aim of speeding the research process by orders of magnitude. His group has built ARESTM Robots to study the synthesis and processing science of carbon nanotubes, and worked with others for chemistry and additive manufacturing ARESTM Robots. Dr. Maruyama is the primary point of contact for carbon materials for the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. His interests include carbon nanomaterials, energy storage, field emission, and carbon, polymer and metal matrix composites. He is currently involved in the study of the origins of chiral growth for carbon nanotubes, catalyst development, and larger issues in the rate of scientific advancement.

Invited by: Susanta Ghosh

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