Istanbul, July 31, 2015
Workshop "Bioinspired Soft Robotics:
How animals and plants help build soft robots"
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Don't miss your opportunity to discuss and be involved in Soft Robotics!
Cecilia Laschi, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, The BioRobotics Institute, Italy
Barbara Mazzolai, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Center for Micro-BioRobotics, Italy
Soft Robotics is a growing area of research, at international level. Projects and publications in this field are increasing at a fast pace and an interdisciplinary active community is growing around this field. Such community is gathering around the IEEE TC on Soft Robotics and, at European level, around the RoboSoft Coordination Action, funded by the European Commission in the FET Open programme (http://www.robosoftca.eu/).
Soft Robotics is an interdisciplinary field in robotics linking know-how from material science, mechanical/electrical engineering, control engineering, chemistry, physics, computer science, biology and medicine. This workshop aims at giving a view on the latest achievements in the field of soft robotics, through invited talks, showing how not only animals but also plants can provide important principles and concepts for developing new technologies.
The workshop will devote a part of time to a discussion on the potential and perspectives of bioinspired soft robotics, aimed at stimulating exchange of ideas and perspectives on the critical issues addressed. ALL ATTENDEES ARE INVITED TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS!
9:30 – 10:00 Cecilia Laschi “Soft Robotics: from bioinspiration to scientific challenges and technological applications”, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, The BioRobotics Institute, Italy
10:00 – 10:30 Barbara Mazzolai “Plants as a new model for designing bioinspired soft robots”, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Center for Micro-BioRobotics, Italy
10:30 - 11:00 ------- Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45 Robert Shepherd “On-Demand Skeletal Networks for Soft Robots”, Cornell University, USA
11:45 – 12:30 Claudio Semini “Soft through Active Impedance Control: Towards Versatile Real-World Legged Robots”, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, ADVR / Dynamic Legged Systems, Italy
12:30 – 12:40 Discussion
12:40 -14:30 ------- Lunch
14:30 – 15:15 Matteo Cianchetti “How to build a soft robot? Learn from an octopus”, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, The BioRobotics Institute, Italy
15:15 – 16:00 Discussion