[robotics-worldwide] 2nd CFP: Invitation to the ICRA workshop "Biologically Inspired Actuation"

Ueda, Jun jun.ueda at me.gatech.edu
Mon Feb 28 10:26:01 PST 2011

ICRA 2011 Workshop on Biologically-inspired Actuation- Shanghai, May 13, 2011 

Dear Colleague,

we are pleased to invite you as speaker to a full day workshop 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 inertia, 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 at the email addresses specified below.  

Please refer to the ICRA 2011 website and to the workshop link for further information and updates. (http://www.me.gatech.edu/biorobo/icra2011workshop) 

Jun Ueda and Cesare Stefanini


Workshop Organizers:

Jun Ueda, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
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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