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

Nikolaos Tsagarakis nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it
Sat Sep 6 13:08:57 PDT 2014

IROS 2014 Full-day Workshop: From Active Impedance to Intrinsically Compliant and Variable Impedance Actuators: Pros, Cons and Trade-offs
Date:                     September 14, 2014
Place:      Chicago, Palmer House, Hilton Hotel<http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/palmer-house-a-hilton-hotel-CHIPHHH/index.html>,  Third Floor, (Salon 7)
Time:       08:30  - 17:30

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<http://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 Invited 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)

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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