Dr. Rob Scharff is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Integrative Systems and Design of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Bioinspired Soft Robotics group at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). Dr. Scharff obtained his Ph.D. degree at the department of Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in 2021 and received his M.Sc. degree in Integrated Product Design from the same institute. His research focuses on soft robotics, with an emphasis on the integrated design and manufacturing of bioinspired soft robots with proprioception and tactile sensing capabilities.