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Kenneth C. Cheung (Kenny)


Post-Doctoral Associate
MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
personal website


I am currently designing and studying Digital Composites - three dimensional structures made from discrete fiber composite parts. My recent work investigated the mechanics of these materials, and showed that they are a very lightweight, strong, and stiff instantiation of digital materials. We are now working on passive (aerostructures) and active (robots) applications (robotic aerostructures). Past experience includes work on programmable matter and reconfigurable robotics.


Please contact me if you have any difficulty reaching a copy of any of these publications.

Cheung, K. C., Gershenfeld, N. Digital Composite Cellular Materials (forthcoming)

Cheung, K. C., Digital Cellular Solids: Reconfigurable Composite Materials Ph.D. Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012.

Knaian, A. N., Cheung, K. C., Lobovsky, M., Oines, A., Schmidt-Nielsen, P., & Gershenfeld, N. (2012). The Milli-Motein: A Self-Folding Chain of Programmable Matter with a One Centimeter Module Pitch. IEEE/RSJ IROS 2012.

Tibbits, S. and Cheung, K. C. (2012). Programmable Materials for Architectural Assembly and Automation, Assembly Automation, vol. 32, no. 3, pp.216-225.

Cheung, K. C., Demaine, E. D., Bachrach, J. R., and Griffith, S., Programmable Assembly With Universally Foldable Strings (Moteins), IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 718-729 (2011).

Chen, Y., Chang, J., Greenlee, A.S., Cheung, K. C., Slocum, A. H., and Gupta, R. (2010). Multi-turn, Tension-stiffening Catheter Navigation System, IEEE ICRA'10, May 3-8, Anchorage, AK.

For a complete list of my publications, please see my personal site.


If you are a CBA shop user, please feel free to contact me for help with any of the tools. I like difficult process design problems, and have seen a number of them, with solutions that involve the machines below. Note that coming to me for help will not supplant the requirement to obtain general shop safety training from John or Tom - this is organized through Neil.

  • HURCO VM10U 5-axis CNC
  • Shopbot CNC (any)
  • Beam Dynamics Laser Machining Center
  • Epilog/Universal Laser (any)
  • Omax Abrasive Waterjet
  • 3d printers (Dimension Elite, Invision si2, ZCorp, Bits from Bytes)
  • 3d scanning (digitizing arm, Minolta laser scanner, Xtek micro-CT)
  • Structural/Materials Testing (Instron 5985, 4411).

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  • 2012/09 Ph.D., Digital Cellular Solids: Reconfigurable Composite Materials - digital material systems for ultra-light, strong, stiff, functionally programmable structures (MIT, MAS, Center for Bits and Atoms)
  • 2007/06 M.S., Empirical systems for human behavior modeling in designed environments; distributed behavior modeling for energy efficiency and design information (MIT, 4, Design and Computation)
  • 2005/05 B. Arch., Computational human behavior models as architectural and urban planning design tools (Cornell University)
  • last updated 2012/12
    (c) 2012 kenneth c. cheung <kenny-at-cba-dot-mit-dot-edu>