[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Soft Robotics and VSA Winter School in Rome

Antonio Bicchi 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

http://www.naturalmachinemotioninitiative.com/#!vsa-winter-school/c1hve
<http://www.naturalmachinemotioninitiative.com/#%21vsa-winter-school/c1hve>
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
http://www.naturalmachinemotioninitiative.com/#!winter-school/c6wk

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

Speakers:

  *
    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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