This special issue of the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics is a compendium of 15 of the best papers submitted and presented at the 43rd ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference during the 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2019).

The ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference provides researchers an international platform to present their latest work in the theory, design, and applications of mechanical and robotic systems. In recent years, the conference has also seen an unprecedented number of papers in contemporary topics, such as soft and human-safe robots, origami mechanisms, rehabilitation and medical robots, exoskeleton/prosthesis, and mechanism-based metamaterials. This special issue represents exciting topics including series–parallel hybrid robots, unmanned aerial vehicle, programmable multistable mechanisms, compliant and origami mechanisms, cable-driven robot, and bio-inspired robotic mechanisms.

Three of the papers explore topics in theory and applications of compliant mechanisms. As the research community...

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