[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Posters: AIM 2017 workshop "Promoting Elastic Actuators for Robotics (PEAR): novel approaches and biomedical applications"

Tom VERSTRATEN Tom.Verstraten at vub.be
Fri May 19 14:02:40 PDT 2017


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 Call For Posters
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AIM 2017, Workshop on:
"Promoting Elastic Actuators for Robotics (PEAR): novel approaches and biomedical applications"

July 3, 2017 – Munich, Germany

pearres.wordpress.com

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Important Dates
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Submission deadline: 08 June 2017
Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2017
Workshop: 3 July 2017

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Call for Posters
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The workshop will feature a poster session where researchers present their ongoing research on elastic actuators in robotics. Their work will be introduced to the attendees in one-minute lightning talks during the workshop. We especially encourage young researchers to participate, since the poster session is a great opportunity to promote their research and receive feedback from the scientific community.

Prospective participants are required to submit a 300-word abstract (pdf) to Tom Verstraten (tom.verstraten at vub.be). Deadline: June 8, 2017. Abstracts will be reviewed for relevance by the workshop organizers. Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 15, 2017.

Accepted abstracts will be published on the workshop website (pearres.wordpress.com).

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Workshop outline
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Elastic Actuators have numerous potential advantages such as increased safety in human-robot interaction, improved energy efficiency, and performance augmentation in dynamic tasks. Even though elastic actuators have been around for over two decades now, interest in them has not faded, quite on the contrary. Since a few years, elastic actuators are being applied in cutting-edge technologies such as actuated prosthetics and exoskeletons. More recently, several companies have started experimenting with co-bots, robots which use elasticity to guarantee safe interaction with their human co-workers. One thing is clear: elastic actuation is slowly entering our everyday life, and interest in this field will continue to grow in the coming years. Still, there are many challenges to be overcome, such as limited power-to-weight ratio, lifetime issues and fault sensitivity. The objective of the workshop is to give an overview of state-of-the-art in elastic actuation, discuss the practical implementation of such actuators, and brainstorm new potential applications. More specifically, we will discuss novel elastic actuator designs and their control methods, system integration (both hardware and software) and applications in biomechanics and human-robot interaction.

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Objective
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The objective of the workshop is to give an overview of state-of-the-art in elastic actuation, discuss the practical implementation of such actuators, and brainstorm over new potential applications.
Main topics of the workshop are
1. Novel actuator designs and their control methods
2. System integration (both hardware and software)
3. Applications in biomechanics (e.g., humanoid or wearable robots) and human-robot interaction (e.g., collaborative robots).
The workshop targets people who develop elastic actuators and/or their control algorithms, as well as people who work in any of the fields where the benefits of elastic actuators can be exploited: powered prostheses and exoskeletons, humanoid robots, collaborative robots, robots for explosive motion,…

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Invited speakers
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Bram Vanderborght
André Seyfarth
Michiel Plooij
Christian Ott
Andrea Calanca
Randolf Mock

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Organizers
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Tom Verstraten, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Peter Pott, Leica Microsystems, Germany
Beckerle Philipp, TU Darmstadt, Germany


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