[robotics-worldwide] Invitation to the ICRA workshop "Biologically Inspired Actuation"

Cesare Stefanini cesare.stefanini at sssup.it
Tue Feb 15 11:02:17 PST 2011

Dear Colleague,

we are pleased to invite you as speaker to a full day workshop 
(http://www.icra2011.org/show.asp?id=30) that will be focused on novel 
actuator technologies and concepts for robotics. We are looking for 
gathering a selected group of researchers that could together give 
useful insights on the emerging area of biologically inspired actuation, 
possibly through new, embryonic solutions having high potential impact 
in future applications.

In recent years robotics achieved relevant results, mainly thanks to 
progress in ICT (information and communication technologies). To date, 
however, performances of robotic systems are still far from those 
characterizing animals and, in general, living systems. Major 
limitations are due to actuation systems, where traditional concepts 
have been improved through the years, without really changing core 
solutions. There are still major limitations, for example, due to large 
inertias, low backdrivability, limited efficiency, lack of adaptability: 
actuators can only deal today with a very small subset of those 
characteristics at a time. New approaches that are welcome for 
presentation include smart materials providing actuation and sensing, 
binary architectures with redundant actuators, modular and miniaturized 
devices (“cellular” like), bio-hybrid approaches, compliant actuators 
exploiting springs, magnetic field and pressurized gas.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: March 10, 2011
Notification of acceptance: March 20, 2011
Workshop date: Friday, May 13, 2011

All submitted abstract should be in PDF format. No specific template is 
required and contribution length should be comprised between one and two 
letter pages. Submissions should be emailed to both workshop organizers.

Jun Ueda and Cesare Stefanini


Jun Ueda, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
801 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332
jun.ueda at me.gatech.edu

Cesare Stefanini, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
The BioRobotics Institute
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Polo Sant'Anna Valdera
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025, Pontedera, Italy
cesare.stefanini at sssup.it

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