[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Posters and Demos to Workshop on Soft Haptic Interaction: Modeling, Design And Application at the 2019 ICRA Conference

Matteo Bianchi matteo.bianchi at centropiaggio.unipi.it
Tue Mar 5 09:12:57 PST 2019


Workshop on  *Soft Haptic Interaction: Modeling, Design And Application *at
the *2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)*

*Montreal, Canada*
*Date: Friday, May 24th 2019*

*Submission deadline: April 19, 2019*
*Notification of Acceptance: April 26, 2019  *


This workshop aims to consolidate the contributions from a special issue on
RA-L on the same topics, organized by the applicants. Evidenced by the
large amount of interests and submission numbers, we believe that it is
timely to define the emerging soft haptics to be a new science, with
specific and distinct features that deserve a comprehensive
multi-disciplinary approach. This workshop aims to bring together experts
from the diverse range of disciplines to discuss the following topics: 1.
Science of functional materials, modeling of soft-sensorized bodies,
morphological optimization; 2 novel fabrication methods, integration of
sensing and actuating elements, active sensing; and 3. specific
applications of soft haptics in soft-bodied robots for interactive tasks
such as soft grasping, locomotion, and human-machine interfaces. Such
research is not only relevant to academic community, but has immediate and
potentially high impact in many practical areas such as telerobotics,
medical devices, and advanced human-human and human-robot communication
through wearables, among the others.

Allison Okamura, Stanford University, USA, confirmed, keynote speaker
Edward Adelson, MIT –confirmed, keynote speaker
Vincent Hayward, UPMC Univ Paris – confirmed, keynote speaker
Mark R. Cutkosky, Stanford University ( confirmed), keynote speaker
Fumiya Iida, University of Cambridge (confirmed)
Nathan Lepora, Bristol Univ (confirmed).
Thrishantha Nanayakkara, Imperial College London (confirmed)
Christian Duriez, INRIA – Lille – Nord-Europe, France (confirmed)
Lucia Beccai, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy (confirmed)
Ka-Wai Kwok, The University of Hong Kong, China (confirmed)
Shinichi Hirai, Ritsumeikan University, Japan (to be confirmed)


Submission deadline: April 19, 2019

If you would like to present your recent and ongoing work related to the
topics of this workshop, please submit a short abstract (max. 4 pages) over
email, outlining your research results. Demo submissions are also highly
encouraged: we will have a dedicated spot for these. In this case, please
include in your submitted abstract also the requirements (space, power
supply, etc...) needed to present your demo.
We are planning to have a spotlight session, in addition to a dedicated
poster/demo session for all accepted submissions during the workshop,
providing a unique opportunity to discuss your work in this area with


Morphological computation in haptics
Reconfigurable structures for sensing, haptic display
Modeling of soft-sensorized bodies
Novel functional materials and application in haptics
Double sensing of internal deformation and external tactile perception
Animal, plant-inspired tactile sensing systems
Fabrication of shape-changing haptic devices
Tactile perception for soft robots in grasping, locomotion, and interaction


Hongbin Liu, Associate Professor, Haptic Mechatronics and Medical Robotics
Lab, King’s College London, UK

Matteo Bianchi, Assistant Professor, Research Center “E.Piaggio” and
Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy

Van Anh Ho, Associate Professor, Soft Haptics Lab, JAIST, Japan

More information at:


Matteo Bianchi, PhD

Assistant Professor

Research Center "E.Piaggio"
Department of Information Engineering
School of Engineering - University of Pisa
Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, 56126 Pisa, Italy

Email: matteo.bianchi@ <matteo.bianchi at centropiaggio.unipi.it>
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