[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Material Robotics (MaRo) Workshop July 15th at RSS 2017
yigit.menguc at oregonstate.edu
Tue May 2 09:05:22 PDT 2017
RSS 2017 Workshop on
Material Robotics (MaRo) – Bridging Materials Science and Robotics
Boston, MA, USA - Saturday, July 15
Extended abstract submission: May 31, 2017
Notification of acceptance: June 7, 2017
Distribution-ready papers due: July 5, 2017
The original vision of a ''robot'' introduced by Karel Capek in 1920 was
that of an autonomous machine molded in the image of humans. Interestingly,
the play begins with a discussion of the materials that make up the robots
and introduces the techniques used to spin and extrude such materials into
synthetic body parts. Apparently, it was intuitive to imagine robots not
just in our image but also from the same kind of active squishy materials.
Considering robots as closely influenced by and contributing to the study
of materials can make this vision a reality. The goal of this workshop is
bring together researchers in robotics and materials science to learn from
each other, and identify the research challenges and applications of
The workshop combines extremely focused spotlight talks (less than 5
minutes) with interactive breakout sessions to facilitate discussion and
communication between the domains of materials science and robotics.
Keynote talks by Harvard Prof. George Whitesides (confirmed) and Office of
Naval Research (ONR) Program Officer Tom McKenna (tentative) will provide
context to the history and future of the converging research efforts.
Call for Contributions:
We are soliciting extended abstracts in the RSS format (about 2 pages plus
references). Accepted contributions may be presented either in extremely
focused short spotlight talks or in poster sessions. Live hands-on demos
are strongly encouraged for both contribution formats and will be
prioritized in our selection process.
Topics broadly include (but are not limited to):
• Multifunctional composites that tightly integrate sensing, actuation,
computation, and communication.
• Autonomous machines that exploit material properties to extend and expand
normal robotic operations, such as changing appearance, stiffness or shape
in response to the environment.
• Process control capabilities of materials to facilitate making of robots,
e.g. additive manufacturing, 4D printing, self-assembly, etc.
• Large-scale distributed computation where the signals are generated and
control is needed.
• Applications in underwater robots for manipulation, soft adaptive
fabrics, structures that self-monitor and morph, and multifunctional
everyday objects that change shape or color for the occasion.
Please e-mail submissions (which we hope will include a description of your
Yigit.Menguc at oregonstate.edu
Use the subject line (without quotes): "MaRo2017 Submission"
Yigit Mengüç (Oregon State University)
Nikolaus Correll (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Rebecca Kramer (Yale University)
Jamie Paik (Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne)
Assistant Professor of Robotics & Mechanical Engineering
School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Oregon State University
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