[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] ICRA 2015 Workshop on Soft Robotics

Bram Vanderborght bram.vanderborght at vub.ac.be
Sun Feb 8 02:32:24 PST 2015


FIRST CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
 
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ICRA 2015 Full-day Workshop: Date: May 30th, 2015
 
Soft Robotics: Actuation, Integration, and Applications
Blending research perspectives for a leap forward in soft robotics
technology
 
Poster abstracts and Live Demos submission deadline: March 2nd, 2015
Notification of acceptance: April 1st, 2015


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Workshop Overview
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Softness promises to be a key differentiator between the robots of yesterday
and the robots of tomorrow. In particular, soft robots and novel actuators
that produce motion in terms of a contraction rather than a rigid body
displacement will be instrumental in producing robots that function well in
unmodeled and unstructured environments and operate safely with human
co-workers. To fully capitalize on these benefits and drive this technology
to key applications, a paradigm shift is required in how these systems are
modeled, manufactured, deployed, and controlled.


An upcoming workshop at ICRA 2015, ³Soft Robotics: Actuation, Integration,
and Applications Blending research perspectives for a leap forward in soft
robotics technology² will examine just this - how we can take the concrete
steps necessary to bring the promise of soft robotics and novel actuators to
fruition. It will bring together leading experts in the field, exhibit
breaking news in the soft robotics community, and show live demonstrations
of this technology in action. Discussion will serve to further shape this
paradigm and point the way forward. We hope that you will be able to attend
and look forward to seeing you in Seattle!




Workshop Topics
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-Novel implementations of active and self-healing materials
-Manufacturing processes for non-traditional actuators
-Organization according to biological principles/ Bio-inspired soft
mechanisms
-Actuators whose stiffness and damping can be reconfigured in situ
-Combining diverse technologies in a single actuation device
-Autonomous soft robots
-Wearable soft robots
-Artificial skin and stretchable electronics
-Physical human-robot interactions
-Modeling of soft-bodied robots
-Simulation of hyper-elastic bodies
-Design of compliant mechanisms
-Soft manipulation
-Soft locomotion
-Control of elastic soft robots
-Robotic fabrics
 
 
Confirmed Speakers
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H.Harry Asada       Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jamie Paik              École Féderale Polytechnique de Lausanne
Fumiya Iida            University of Cambridge
Yong-Lae Park       Carnegie Mellon University
Kyu-Jin Cho           Seoul National University
Choi Hyouk Reol    Sungkyunkwan University
Daniela Rus            Massachusetts Institute of Technology
John Amend           Empire Robotics
Cecilia Laschi         Scuola Superiore Sant¹Anna
Alin Albu-Schaffer DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
Robert Wood         Harvard University
Kaspar Althoefer   King¹s College London
Elizabeth Croft      University of Washington, Seattle
Yigit Menguc          Oregon State University
Michael Tolley       University of California, San Diego
Bram Vanderborght Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Joshua A. Schultz   The University of Tulsa
 
Steering Committee
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Yigit Menguc          Oregon State University
Michael Tolley       University of California, San Diego
Bram Vanderborght Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Joshua A. Schultz   The University of Tulsa


Program Committee
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Choi Hyouk Reol University, Korea
Cecilia Laschi Scuola Superiore Sant¹Anna
Fumiya Iida University of Cambridge
Jamie Paik Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Surya Girinatha ETH Zürich
Laura Margheri Scuola Superiore Sant¹Anna


 
Abstract Submission
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We are pleased to invite contributions in the form of 1 pages IEEE style
abstract in one of the above scientific topics. The selected contributions
will be presented in a form of a poster accompanied by a teaser presentation
during the workshop. We particularly encourage young scientists to
contribute and attend, even research at an early stage.
 
Live demos Submission
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Potential participants are also welcome to submit 1 page proposals for live
demonstrations of new soft robotics principles.
 
Submissions have to be send to bram.vanderborght at vub.ac.be.
Full details about the workshop can be also found at:
http://robotics.oregonstate.edu/icra2015softrobotics
<http://robotics.oregonstate.edu/icra2015softrobotics> , this website will
be regularly updated with the latest available info, including updates on
the program.
 
Thank you very much for your attention. Looking forward to meeting you in
Seattle.
 
 
Yigit Menguc, Joshua Schultz, Michael Tolley and Bram Vanderborght


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