[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] ICRA 2019 Workshop on Robot Design and Customization: Opportunities at the Intersection of Computation and Digital Fabrication

Cynthia Sung crsung at seas.upenn.edu
Wed Feb 20 19:03:12 PST 2019

Robot Design and Customization: Opportunities at the Intersection of
Computation and Digital Fabrication
ICRA 2019 Workshop

New advances in digital fabrication have increased our ability to create
complex geometric structures with an ever-expanding range of materials
(rigid, compliant, conductive, etc.) and are increasingly accessible to
non-experts. At the same time, computational design tools offer a
tremendous opportunity to facilitate robot design by encoding structural,
control, or fabrication constraints during the design cycle, enabling
roboticists to navigate the vast design spaces enabled by digital
fabrication. The combination of these two promises new robot forms and
capabilities, further expanding the applications and performance of future

The goal of this workshop is to bring together the robotics, rapid
fabrication, and computational design communities to discuss the challenges
and opportunities in custom robot design. The workshop is centered around
two major questions:

1) How can computational approaches enhance workflow and facilitate the
design and rapid prototyping of robots?
2) How can new materials and manufacturing approaches lead to uniform
processes for fabricating robots on-demand?

We invite participants to submit 1-2 page abstracts on visionary ideas or
recent results in robot design and customization. Accepted abstracts will
be featured in spotlight presentations (5-10 min. vignettes) or
demos/posters. We particularly welcome live or hands-on demos.

Topics of interest include:
- Programmable fabrication
- Novel rapid fabrication methods for intelligent machines
- Personalized mechanisms and robotics
- Soft and compliant machines
- Computational design
- Characterization, modeling, and design of printable structures
- Hardware/software co-design and optimization
- Morphological intelligence
- End-to-end systems for robot design and fabrication
- Interactive robot design systems
- Programmable matter
- Fabrication-aware design

*Important Dates*
Abstract submission deadline: April 15, 2019
Abstract notification: April 22, 2019
Final abstract submission: May 6, 2019

Submitted abstracts should use the IEEE two-column conference format
available on their website and be sent as an email attachment to
icra2019compfabwkshop at gmail.com with the subject line "Abstract submission:
2019 Workshop on Robot Design and Customization."

Participants will also have the opportunity to contribute to a special
issue in Robotica related to the topics of this workshop.

- Cynthia Sung, University of Pennsylvania
- Stelian Coros, ETH Zurich
- Robert MacCurdy, University of Colorado, Boulder
- Mark Yim, University of Pennsylvania

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