[robotics-worldwide] 2nd CFP: ETH Robotics Summer School on Soft Robotics 2012

Fumiya Iida iidaf at ethz.ch
Thu Mar 1 23:43:51 PST 2012

ETH Robotics Summer School on Soft Robotics 2012
June 18-22, 2012
Zurich, Switzerland
Reminder: Application Deadline March 10, 2012
It is our great pleasure to invite you to the summer school on soft robotics that we are organizing this coming summer at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. This will be an exceptional opportunity to learn the broad and interdisciplinary field of soft robotics from leading scientists.
The school is designed for graduate students of all levels. A solid background in engineering will enable you to profit most from the lectures and exercises, while the course might still serve as a good introduction to people of different background who want to learn more about this inspiring field. For detailed information on the summer school, speakers or application procedure, please see the brief introduction below.
During this summer school, we will give an introduction into current issues and techniques in soft robotics research. Classes will cover a wide range of relevant topics from biology, neuroscience, material science via modeling to controls, robotics and artificial intelligence. Additional hands-on exercises provide a deeper understanding of the methods taught and illustrate their implementation. More specifically, there will be lectures on
* Mechanical fundamentals for soft robotics
* Modeling and simulation of soft bodies
* Soft actuators and deformable sensors
* Physical human robot interaction
* Soft design and control in biological systems
Finally, in a number of selected case studies presented by internationally recognized experts in the field, we will point to areas of stimulating research and allow you to see beyond the current state of the art.
* Alin Albu-Schäffer, DLR
* Fumihito Arai, Nagoya University
* Dario Floreano, EPFL
* Roger Gassert, ETHZ
* Fumiya Iida, ETHZ
* Maarja Kruusmaa, Tallinn University of Technology
* Stéphanie Lacour, EPFL
* Cecilia Laschi, SSSUP
* Carmel Majidi, CMU
* Barry A. Trimmer, Tufts University
* Fritz Vollrath, University of Oxford
* Amir Jafari, ETHZ
* Olivier Lambercy, ETHZ
* Ramon Pericet-Camara, EPFL
* Alexander Sproewitz, EPFL
* AI Lab (Univ. Zurich)
* Autonomous Systems Lab (ETH Zurich)
* Bio-Inspired Robotics Lab (ETH Zurich)
* Disney Research Zurich	
* Multi-Scale Robotics Lab (ETH Zurich)
* Rehabilitation Engineering Lab (ETH Zurich)
* Sensory-Motor Systems Lab (ETH Zurich)
- Application deadline: March 10, 2012
- Notification of acceptance: March 17, 2012
- Summer school: June 18-22, 2012
Applications should be sent via email to sssr2012 at birl.mavt.ethz.ch. Please state on a single page (11pt font):
* Your scientific background and degree
* Your motivation to come to this school
* The topic of your thesis
* Any prior knowledge in the field
Optional: CV with list of publications
The summer school is jointly organized by the Bio-Inspired Robotics Lab (www.birl.ethz.ch)and the Rehabilitation Engineering Lab (www.relab.ethz.ch) which are part of the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems of ETH Zurich. It will take place in the week before BioRob 2012 (www.biorob2012.org) which allows people who also participate at the conference to conveniently connect these events. The summer school is sponsored by the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics (www.nccr-robotics.ch).
For further information please visit our homepage: www.birl.ethz.ch/sssr2012
Liyu Wang, Luzius Brodbeck, Fumiya Iida
SSSR 2012 Main Organizers

Fumiya IIDA Dr. sc. nat. 
SNF Professor 
Bio-Inspired Robotics Lab 
Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems ETH Zurich 
LEO-D 9.2, Leonhardstrasse 27, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland 
Phone: +41 44 632 07 08 
Fax : +41 44 632 14 68 
Email: iidaf at ethz.ch 
URL : www.birl.ethz.ch 

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