[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] RSS 2015 Workshop on Miniature Legged Robots

Kostas Karydis kkaryd at udel.edu
Fri Jun 19 09:46:45 PDT 2015

*RSS 2015 Workshop on Miniature Legged Robots: From Biological Inspiration to
Design Concepts, Modeling, and Control*

*Workshop Date and Place:*
Friday July 17, 8:30am - 6:00pm, ITIS Galilei, Via Conte Verde 51, Rome,

*Workshop Website:*

*Short Description:*
Research in biological sciences and advances in fabrication processes have
enabled the development of miniature legged robots with new motion
capabilities. Legs allow for all-terrain mobility, while low production cost
and rapid manufacturing enable deployment in large numbers. As robot
capabilities continue to grow, the potential of these small robots to
manipulate, explore, and act as remote sensor networks in a range of useful
applications, including search-and-rescue, surveillance, and wildlife
monitoring, is expected to increase.

Recent research findings bring us closer to this future; yet several
challenges remain. How to better understand the principles of animal motion,
enhancing Biological Inspiration and endowing our robots with novel design
paradigms? How should fabrication techniques evolve to realize these
paradigms? Which mathematical models are needed to capture the underlying
biological principles and the observed robot behaviors? How can navigation
and control be applied to the domain of miniature legged robots? The goal of
this workshop is to bring together researchers from different fields and
enable fruitful interactions that will serve as a stepping stone in
identifying effective ways to answer these challenges, and thus shaping the
future of miniature legged robots.

*Workshop Organizers:*
Kostas Karydis (University of Delaware)
Dana Vogtmann (University of Maryland)
Gavin Kenneally (University of Pennsylvania)
Ioannis Poulakakis (University of Delaware)
Sarah Bergbreiter (University of Maryland)
Herbert G. Tanner (University of Delaware)

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