Ido is a PhD student in the fields of non-linear and soft-matter Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on the shaping mechanisms and the mechanical properties of growing elastic objects and on the relation between elasticity and geometry. In particular, he is working on actuating slender gel sheets using chemical waves. These gels change their shape periodically in a controlled manner to form autonomous shape-shifting devices. Ido hopes to contribute insights that can lead toward building primitive soft machines and provide deeper understanding of their dynamics and mechanical properties.