[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS - IROS WORKSHOP: From Active Impedance to Intrinsically Compliant and Variable Impedance Actuators:Pros, Cons and Trade-offs

Nikolaos Tsagarakis nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it
Wed May 21 15:29:51 PDT 2014

FIRST CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS  (Abstract and Live Demos submission deadline: June 30th, 2014, Notification of acceptance: July 20th)


IROS 2014 Full-day Workshop: Date: September 14, 2014

From Active Impedance to Intrinsically Compliant
and Variable Impedance Actuators: Pros, Cons and Trade-offs

Workshop Organizers
Nikos Tsagarakis        (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)
Bram Vanderborght       (Uni. of Vrije)
Luis Sentis             (Uni. Of Texas)


Workshop Overview
Emerging robots will need to operate within unstructured environments, collaborate and physical interact with humans. To deal with these new application demands,  robots should demonstrate Natural Motion performance which is characterized by enhanced power, strength, velocity, efficiency and ultimately compliant and adaptable physical interaction capabilities.  New actuation technologies are therefore needed to improve the performance and overall body capabilities of existing robotic systems and enable them to demonstrate these Natural Motion  performance characteristics. Recent developments in design and control of active or intrinsically controlled variable Impedance Actuators have demonstrated remarkable advancements in physical robustness, interaction and peak power performance. This workshop attempts to cover the recent advancements in robotic actuation from the foundation principles to the implementation, control and application requirements aiming to answer tomorrow’s needs. It also  aims at fostering collaboration among researchers that are working on soft and variable impedance actuation principles and welcoming them to join  the Natural Motion Initiative (NMI)community(www.naturalmotioninitiative.org) which targets to form the instrument for sharing knowledge, expertise and results on compliant actuation technologies and the design and control of next generation of Natural Motion capable robots.

Workshop Topics
Torque controlled joints and torque sensing techniques
Active and intrinsic impedance regulation
Novel series elastic actuator topologies
Parallel elastic actuation springs
Switchable springs and variable recruitment actuation
High power density joints with active cooling
Efficient compliant actuation principles
Variable stiffness and damping actuators
Dual actuation systems
Variable transmission systems
Electrical motor technology advancements
Direct drive actuation

Confirmed Speakers
Antonio Bicchi                (University of Pisa, IT)
Masayuki Inaba                (Uni. of Tokyo, JP)
Alin Albu-Schäffer            (DLR & TUM, Germany)
Sangbae Kim                   (MIT, US)
Stefano Stramigioli           (Uni. Of Twente, NL)
Jonas Buchli                  (ETH Zurich, CH)
Jonathan Hurst                (Oregon State University, US)
Qbrobotics                    (http://www.qbrobotics.com, IT)
Luis Sentis                   (Uni. Of Texas, US)
Bram Vanderborght             (Uni. of Vrije, Brussel, BE)
Nikos Tsagarakis              (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, IT)

Abstract Submission
We are pleased to invite contributions in the form of 2 pages abstract in one of the above scientific topics. In particular we welcome contributions that demonstrate the design and implementation of new actuation principles which can range from mature active impedance drives to hybrid active, intrinsic compliant units and intrinsically variable impedance principles.  The selected contributions will be presented in a form of a poster accompanied by a 5min teaser presentation during the workshop. We particularly encourage young scientists to contribute and attend.

Live demos Submission
Potential participants are also welcome to submit 1 page proposals for live demonstrations of new actuation principles. The qualified demo proposals will be presented during a dedicated “Hands on” session where the participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to interact with some of the latest developments in Robotics actuation.

Full details about the workshop can be also found at: http://mech.vub.ac.be/IROSWSActuators/Index.htm

Thank you very much for your attention. Looking forward to meeting you in Chicago.

Nikos Tsagarakis on behalf of the organizers

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