[robotics-worldwide] Call for Papers - ICRA 2013 Workshop on Research Frontiers in Electronic Skin Technology

Philipp Mittendorfer philipp.mittendorfer at tum.de
Tue Feb 5 10:06:18 PST 2013


icra13skin at easychair.org

submission of papers:			03rd March 2013
notification of acceptance:		18th March 2013
.ppt teaser:					01st April 2013

workshop at ICRA 2013:		06th May   2013

please submit an extended abstract with 2 pages in the ICRA 2013 paper format to:

accepted papers will be included to the ICRA 2013 conference proceedings

accepted papers will have to additionally submit a ~2 minutes .ppt teaser
(further information will be provided along with the notification of acceptance)

Accepted papers will have to additionally submit a ~2 minutes .ppt teaser
and can be required to present in a poster/interactive session

Etienne Burdet         		Imperial      	Robot and human contact control
Giorgio Cannata	        	UGenoa        RoboSkin
Franco Cacialli	        	UCL           	Stretchable interconnects
Ravinder Dahiya        		FBK           	e-Skin
Horst Gieser          	 	Fraunhofer    Foil to foil integrations
Christof Landesberger  	"             		"
Yasuo Kuniyoshi	        	UTokyo        	Flexible robotic skin
Paolo Lugli            		TUM           	Organic skin
Philipp Mittendorfer   		TUM           	Multi-modal robotic skin
Vincenzo Vinciguerra   	STM           	Flexible sensors
Rich Walker            		Shadow        Hand control with tactile sensors

This full day workshop will bring together experts in flexible electronics, sensors, system integration and
robotics from academia and industry. It will cover critical aspects of flexible electronics towards an
electronically enhanced smart skin.

The workshop will cover but not be limited to the following topics:

Robot Tactile Sensing/Sensors
Electronic Skin
Flexible Electronics/Chips
Organic Electronics
System Integration
Stretchable Connections

09:00-10:00   presentation session 1
10:00-10:30   (coffee)
10:30-12:50   presentation session 2
12:50-14:00   (lunch)
14:00-15:30   interactive session (*)
15:30-16:00   (coffee)
16:00-17:00   presentation session 3

(*) The interactive session will host the teaser presentations for the posters/interactive session
    and leave room for other discussions.

Robotics has undergone major transformations, from a largely industrial focus to the challenging
dynamics of human world. Many issues need to be overcome to create robots that share the space with
humans and safely interact with them, providing services in manufacturing, entertainment, education,
healthcare and assistance. One major challenge to address is the physical interaction of robots with
objects and humans, for which the sense of touch is critically important. This involves addressing
technological solutions such as electronic skin, as well as determining suitable sensorimotor strategies to
use them.

Bendable and conformable robotic skin will enable gathering “contact information” from large areas
simultaneously, creating opportunities to extend the cognitive capabilities of robots, and in human-environment
interfaces. Early attempts to achieve conformable electronic systems primarily followed the
flexible printed circuit boards (PCB) route, building skin-like patches for robots. In parallel to the limited
degree of bendability of current PCB (due to the thickness, the size and number of off-the-shelf electronic
components), flexible PCB based solutions have been proposed to cover robot body parts like back and
arms. The research community is looking forward to new possibilities offered by advances in flex-chip,
printable electronics, micro-/nano-structures such as micro-/nano-wires based electronics and sensing, in
the fast emerging field of flexible and large areas electronics. The organic as well as inorganic (silicon)
semiconductor based flexible electronics hold a great promise for robotics, as it will enable solutions like
ultra-thin and light weight electronic skin. Wearable and disposable electronics will enable robots to
work close with human in a safe and nature manner. It is foreseeable that such advancements will greatly
advance several fields such as service robots, industrial co-worker robots and domestic robots.

In the workshop silicon and organic materials based solutions will be described, yielding systems with the
advantages of both, and aiming to push research frontiers towards i) multifunctional electronics, ii)
bendable and stretchable electronic systems over large areas, and iii) integration of organic and inorganic
materials based components onto the same substrate. Ways to efficiently organize and process data from a
distributed sensor system like electronic skin will be discussed.

Ravinder Dahiya 		FBK
Etienne Burdet		Imperial
Philipp Mittendorfer	TUM
Gordon Cheng		TUM

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