[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Abstracts: Minisymposium on "Computational Approaches to Designing and Fabricating Robots"

Cynthia Sung crsung at seas.upenn.edu
Fri Oct 27 15:51:26 PDT 2017

Minisymposium on Computational Approaches to Designing and Fabricating
13th World Congress in Computational Mechanics
July 22, 2018 - July 27, 2018
New York City, NY, USA

Conference Website: www.wccm2018.org

*Call for Abstracts*

As part of the 13th World Congress in Computational Mechanics (WCCM), the
minisymposium on "Computational Approaches to Designing and Fabricating
Robots" is calling for abstract submissions. WCCM is one of the largest
Computational Mechanics gatherings in the United States, with an expected
participation from all parts of the globe, representing multiple sectors,
including academia, government and industry.

Digital fabrication is unmatched in its ability to create complex geometric
structures, offers an ever-expanding range of materials (rigid, compliant,
conductive, etc.), can make one-off parts at virtually no extra cost, and
is increasingly accessible to non-experts. These exciting capabilities
promise to give rise to entirely new types of robots that approach the
complexity of biological systems in both form and function. Furthermore,
thanks to digital fabrication, tomorrow's robots may be created on demand,
according to individual needs and preferences.

To leverage the benefits that 3D printing is bringing to the field of
robotics, there is a need for new computational methods that aid in
navigating the vast design spaces enabled by digital fabrication. To this
end, the "Computational Approaches to Designing and Fabricating Robots"
minisymposium seeks to bring together researchers studying the following

• Rapid design and fabrication methods for robotics
• Personalized mechanisms and robotics
• Hardware/software co-design and optimization
• Characterization, modeling and design of bio-inspired 3D printable
• Soft materials, actuators and sensors
• Engineered materials that enable robots to change appearance, stiffness,
shape, etc

We welcome abstracts to be presented as short talks. The abstracts will be
selected by the organizers based on their originality and relevance to the
workshop topics.

*Submission Information*
Instructions for preparing and submitting abstracts are available on the
WCCM 2018 website (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.wccm2018.org_abstract-2Dsubmission&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Im_9YfLH919JLZqTlu6kiVEuf3TBGex6rZ7NiOrHaBA&s=i9vOySncyFg1_RhfxGl-J53pPsDIV5-3JgGQ1iNzgXQ&e=). On the
submission form, please select minisymposium "1116 - Computational
Approaches to Designing and Fabricating Robots". Abstracts should be up to
400 words and should contain a summary of the presentation and principal
contributions to the field of computational robot design and fabrication.
Authors of accepted abstracts must register for and present at the

*Important Dates*
Abstract submission deadline: December 31, 2017
Abstract notification: February 28, 2018
Extended abstracts due (optional): May 16, 2018

Stelian Coros, ETH Zurich
Cynthia Sung, University of Pennsylvania

*Additional Information*
Other minisymposia: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.wccm2018.org_minisymposia&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Im_9YfLH919JLZqTlu6kiVEuf3TBGex6rZ7NiOrHaBA&s=_QoPBDVlGDHkjWq4ths7G9vTVdWaMqsib-0QQmHO-yU&e=
Congress registration: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.wccm2018.org_registration-5Finformation&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Im_9YfLH919JLZqTlu6kiVEuf3TBGex6rZ7NiOrHaBA&s=rufviztlF4Z5z6NarCUNupqY7QyBFIvXf-1uRCzIhqk&e=

A small number of merit-based fellowships for students and postdoctoral
fellows will be available for congress participants.  More information will
be provided on the website soon.

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