[robotics-worldwide] [journals] reminder CALL PAPER SPECIAL ISSUE: "Soft Actuators" deadline 16 Dec

Bram Vanderborght bram.vanderborght at vub.ac.be
Wed Dec 4 01:25:28 PST 2013

Reminder CALL PAPER SPECIAL ISSUE: "Soft Actuators"
Journal: Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825)
Deadline: 16 December 2013
More info and submission:

Dear Colleagues,

The use of soft/compliant elements is one of the oldest ways to store
energy and was one of the few available to our ancestors. In ancient
history they used it for their catapults and clocks and Da Vinci used his
knowledge on springs to design one of the first automata driven by elastic
energy. On the other hand, the start of automation/robotics was
characterized with actuators that had to be as stiff as possible. For the
future generation of robots however the advantages of stiff actuators like
precision trajectory tracking, become less important compared to other
requirements like energy efficiency, safety and force accuracy. Although
recently several platforms using soft actuators like the robotic co-worker
Baxter, BioRob arm, have been introduced on the market, the field of soft
actuators faces still a number of fundamental scientific challenges and
the optimal exploitation of their properties in applications need to be
better understood. Therefore this special issue targets high quality
publications spanning the following topics:
-design of novel soft actuators
-force, motion and stiffness control
-safety issues in physical human-robot interaction
-energy efficiency
-explosive motions like throwing, kicking,..
-applications with strong focus on role on soft actuator
-control and actuation of continuum and/or large DOF bodies

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Bram Vanderborght
Prof. Dr. Fumiya Iida
Prof. Dr. Cecilia Laschi

Special Issue Editors
Prof. Dr. Bram Vanderborght
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Vrije
Universiteit Brussel, Building Z - Room ZW105b, Pleinlaan, 2, B-1050
Brussels, Belgium
Website: http://mech.vub.ac.be/multibody/members/bram.htm
E-Mail: bram.vanderborght at vub.ac.be <mailto:bram.vanderborght at vub.ac.be>

Prof. Dr. Fumiya Iida
Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems ETH Zurich Leonhardstrasse
27 8092 Zürich Switzerland
Website: http://www.birl.ethz.ch/people/iidaf
E-Mail: fumiya.iida at mavt.ethz.ch <mailto:fumiya.iida at mavt.ethz.ch>

Prof. Dr. Cecilia LaschiThe BioRobotics Institute Scuola Superiore
Sant'Anna Piazza Martiri della Libertà, 33 56127 Pisa Italy
Website: http://sssa.bioroboticsinstitute.it/user/57
E-Mail: cecilia.laschi at sssup.it <mailto:cecilia.laschi at sssup.it>

Prof dr ir Bram Vanderborght
Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Research Group
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Skype: bvdborgh
Bram.vanderborght at vub.ac.be

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