RoboSoft Workshop at RSS 2014

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Robotics Science and Systems Conference

Workshop on “Advances on Soft Robotics”  

Sunday July 13, 2014, 8:30 – 18:00, Room Wheeler 106

University of California Berkeley

The one day Workshop on “Advances on Soft Robotics” at RSS 2014 will gather experts across multiple fields in the scientific community of soft robotics. The workshop is organized to be part of the series of scientific events planned in the framework of RoboSoft Coordination Action (European Commission funded project under FP7-ICT-2013-C, Future and Emerging Technologies FET-Open scheme, aimed at bringing together researchers to enable the step-change in technologies and standards needed to advance soft robotics.

Invited talks, contribution paper talks and roundtable sessions will discuss the development of general theories, new and non-conventional approaches and techniques for most of the technologies involved in soft robotics, like smart soft materials, soft (muscle-like) actuators, soft sensors, modelling and control of soft robots, energy harvesting, design principles for soft robotics and morphological computation. Thanks to the high interdisciplinarity of the field of soft robotics the event will gather together researchers of different scientific background and potential stakeholders.


Main Topics

-   Soft materials and soft actuators

-   Modeling and simulation techniques of soft bodies

-   Fabrication and control of soft bodies

-   Energy storage and harvesting soft devices

-   Soft sensors

-   Stretchable electronics

-   Scientific problems related with soft-bodied robots

- Interdisciplinary interactions with biological/medical sciences, material sciences, chemistry, etc. 

-   Soft robotics applications


Workshop Program


RSS2014 Workshop on “Advances on Soft Robotics” - July 13, 2014




8.30 – 8.35


Laura Margheri, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

RoboSoft Project Management

8.35 – 8.50


A Coordination Action for Soft Robotics


Invited talks

8.50 – 9.10

Soft Robotics and Integrated Soft Systems

Adam Stokes, Edinburgh University

9.10 – 9.30

Soft-Matter Electronics, Multifunctional Materials, and Fabrication Methods for Soft Robots

Carmel Majidi, Carnegie Mellon University


Contribution papers

9.30 – 9.40

Shared Design Tools to Support Research and Development in Soft Robotics

Conor Walsh, Harvard Biodesign Lab

9.40 – 9.50

Experimental Characterization of a 2-DOF Soft Robotic Platform for Architectural Applications

Bratislav Svetozarevic, ETH Zurich

9.50– 10.00

How to Create Self-Sensing Air Muscles from Conductive Fibers

David Remy, University of Michigan

10.00 – 10.30

- Coffee break -


Invited talks

10.30 – 10.50

Morphological computation in soft robots by using thermoplastic materials

Surya G. Nurzaman, ETH Zurich

10.50 – 11.10

Design, Materials, and Power Systems for Autonomous Soft Robots

Mike Tolley, Harvard Microrobotics Lab

11.10 – 11.30

GeckoGripper: A Soft Robotic Gripper using Gecko-Inspired Elastomer Micro-Fiber Adhesives

Metin Sitti, Carnegie Mellon University

11.30 – 11.50

Open discussion, Q&A

11.50 – 15.00

- Lunch break - Final match of the FIFA World Cup -


Invited talks

15.00 – 15.20

Bio-Inspired Smart Pneumatic Artificial Muscles with Integrated Soft Artificial Skin Sensors

Yong-Lae Park, Carnegie Mellon University

15.20 – 15.40

Towards soft-smart skins: a biomimetic soft robotics approach

Jonathan Rossiter, University of Bristol


Contribution papers

15.40 – 15.50

Soft Tunable Whisker-like Sensors

Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology

15.50 – 16.00

Characterizing an elastomeric strain sensor at large strains and strain rates

Yiğit Mengüç, Harvard Microrobotics Lab

16.00 – 16.10

Structurally Compliant Orthotics

Tim Swift, Otherlab


Invited talks

16.10 – 16.30

Softworm robots: 3D-printed crawling machines

Barry Trimmer, Tufts University

16.30 – 17.00

- Coffee break -

17.00 – 17.20

Contributions of Compliance and Shape to Locomotion and Manipulation

Ronald Fearing, University of Berkeley

17.20 – 17.50

Open discussion, Q&A

17.50 – 18.00

Closing remarks

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Program Committee

Cecilia Laschi, RoboSoft CA Coordinator, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Fumiya Iida, ETH Zurich, Switzerlad (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Jonathan Rossiter, University of Bristol, UK (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Laura Margheri, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy (laura.margheri@sssup,it - contact person)




Soft Robotics: Trends, Applications and Challenges 

The book with the proceedings of the Soft Robotics Week published by Springer





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