[robotics-worldwide] IROS 2012 workshop on smart materials and alternative technologies for bio-inspired robots and systems

Claudio Rossi claudio.rossi at upm.es
Fri Jun 8 11:47:50 PDT 2012




ATBIO: WORKSHOP ON SMART MATERIALS AND ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR BIO-INSPIRED ROBOTS AND SYSTEMS
(Part of the 2012 IEEE/RSJInternational Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, October 7-12, 2012 Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal)

URL:   http://www.disam.upm.es/ATBio2012

(Also reachable from: http://www.iros2012.org )

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

Bio-inspiration is a fast growing field of research, and new bio-inspired robots are being developed with notable similarity to their biological counterparts. Many of these, however, still adopt "classical" actuation technology.

New concepts demand new technology. Smart -or functional- materials may provide a powerful alternative technology, enabling the design of robots difficult or even impossible to develop with classical servo-motor technology. Artificial muscular hydrostats and not-so-young technologies such as shape memory alloys and piezo-electric actuators can also play an important role in future robots. Such technologies can allow a more faithful reproduction of the muscular architecture of animals and plants, where no rotating parts and gearings can be found. New technologies even allow foreseeing the imitation of the internal structure of natural muscles, pushing bio-inspiration to a lower scale.

The new concepts and technologies being studied and developed in the field of bio-inspired robots have a great potential for the next generation robots, and pose new challenges. Such potential and challenges will be discussed in the proposed workshop.


Contributions are called for in the following topics:
	-Smart materials for sensing and actuation in robotics
	-Control of smart materials
	-Bio-inspired mechatronic design
	-Bio-inspired sensing using smart materials
	-Modeling 
	-Design, engineering and manufacturing of smart materials
	-Simulation and computer models   
	-Architecture of artificial muscles
	-Soft actuators (including for rehabilitation/haptics)
	-Biomedical Engineering
	-Biomedical tools
	-Soft bodied robots
	-Hydrostats
	-Understanding of natural actuation systems (including plants)
	-Applications of bio-inspired systems

and any other topic that shares the objectives of the workshop.


SUBMISSION:

Short paper, 3-5 pages in IEEE papers format (single file in PDF format, size < 2Mb). 
Submissions shall be sent via email at  atbio2012 at etsii.upm.es up to June 30th, 2012.


For any issue but submission:

CONTACT:

Claudio Rossi | CENTRE FOR AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS 
UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID - CSIC
José Gutiérrez Abascal, 2 | 28006 Madrid
TEL: +34 91 336 3061 | FAX: +34 91 336 3010
E-MAIL: claudio.rossi at upm.es
WEB: www.robcib.etsii.upm.es



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