[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Soft Robotics and VSA Winter School in Rome
bicchi at centropiaggio.unipi.it
Wed Dec 31 03:38:54 PST 2014
The first Winter School on Soft and Variable Stiffness Robotics will be
held in Rome on February 20-25, 2014
The school, sponsored by SAPHARI and the Natural Machine Motion
Initiative (NMMI), will feature classes on the basics of Soft Robotics
design and control, and will allow extensive hands-on sessions on
physical variable-stiffness robots.
Registration is free for the whole event. Because of the hands-on nature
of the school, the number of attendees will be limited. A selection will
be made on the basis of the CV and motivations of applicants.
Applications must be received before February 1, 2015 through the web form
The school's climax will be a final competition among student teams on a
challenging task to be performed by a soft robot, demonstrating
performance superior to rigid robots.
The winning team will be awarded with a /qbmate/, the 12 D.o.F variable
stiffness humanoid torso produced by /qbrobotics/ according to the
Natural Machine Motion Initiative open-hardware design.
The school will be held at the Auditorium Antonianum
(http://www.auditoriumantonianum.it/en/) within walking distance from
the Ancient Rome's Forum and Colosseum. At the Antonianum, a cafeteria
is available with convenient prices for warm lunches.
In-class lecture topics will include:
Introduction to Soft Robotics
Elements of Human Motor Control
Variable Stiffness Actuators from the User's Point of View
Control Basics for Soft Robots
Joint-space and Cartesian Impedance Control
Optimal Control of Variable Stiffness Actuators
Stiffness and Impedance Estimation
Bram Vanderborght, VUB
Nikos Tsagarakis, IIT
Giorgio Grioli, IIT and Università di Pisa
Manolo Garabini, IIT and Università di Pisa
Fabrizio Flacco, Università di Roma La Sapienza
Alessandro De Luca, Università di Roma La Sapienza
Manuel Catalano, IIT and Università di Pisa
* Etienne Burdet, Imperial College (tbc)
Antonio Bicchi, IIT and Università di Pisa
Alin Albu Schaeffer, DLR (tbc)
Hands-on experience will be gained on real VSA actuators. Participants
will form teams equipped with a kit of actuators, boards, flanges,
batteries etc. at disposal for the whole week. Teams will have access to
all open-source HW and SW code available on the NMMI platform, and are
expected to share the code/applications/examples they will develop on
the same platform.
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