Our research aims to understand and exploit the chemistry, physics, and mechanics of responsive soft materials and hybrid systems; and to develop novel manufacturing methods for programming their responsiveness and shape deformation at sub-mm length scales. By addressing the main fundamental challenges of controlling mechanical properties, deformation kinetics, and multi-dimensional actuation, our research can be applied to a wide range of applications including soft robotics, actuators, sensors, micro-origami, and biomedical devices.