Soft Robotics Week 2016

April 25 - 30, 2016, Livorno, Italy

Trends, Applications and Challenges of Soft Robots

The second Soft Robotics Week was held in Livorno on April 25-30, 2016.
More than 140 participants joined the events of the week, 38 selected PhD students participated to the working group activities of the School, 28 invited speakers presented the latest technologies and systems in soft robotics during plenary talks at the School and at the Plenary Meeting, or participated as panelists in the panel discussion sessions, 17 robots from 9 international universities competed in the Grand Challenge, 3 winners of the Grand Challenge, the Terrestrial Race and the Manipulation competition were awarded with the 5k€ prize.
It was an exciting week totally dedicated to Soft Robotics, featuring a unique concentration of several scientific, cultural and educational events and the RoboSoft Grand Challenge.
International experts across multiple fields in the scientific community of soft robotics, industrial leaders, young researchers and students, met together to discuss current trends and applications for soft robots and their prospects for the future.
Three major events took place:   

RoboSoft Spring School - April 25-29, 2016   

RoboSoft Plenary Meeting - April 27-28, 2016 

RoboSoft Grand Challenge - April 29-30, 2016 


Read the: Proceedings of the Soft Robotics Week 2016

Venue information: Guide


List of topics: 

  • Soft robots legged locomotion
  • Soft robots manipulation
  • Underwater soft robots
  • Biomimetic soft robotics platforms
  • Wearable soft robots
  • Flying soft robots
  • Plant-inspired soft robots
  • Micro-soft robots
  • Assistive soft robots
  • Soft robots in rehabilitation
  • Soft robots in endoscopy
  • Soft robotics prostheses and organs
  • Edutainment soft robots


Invited speakers: 

  • Cecilia Laschi, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
  • KyuJin Cho, Seoul National University
  • Metin Sitti, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
  • Barbara Mazzolai, Center for Micro-BioRobotics IIT@SSSA
  • Lucia Beccai, Center for Micro-BioRobotics IIT@SSSA 
  • Barry Trimmer, Tufts University
  • Fumiya Iida, University of Cambridge
  • Jonathan Rossiter, University of Bristol, BRL (Bristol Robotics Laboratory)
  • Mahmoud Tavakoli, University of Coimbra
  • Arianna Menciassi, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
  • Matteo Cianchetti, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
  • Mirko Kovac, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
  • Gabriele Ferri, NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation
  • Francesco Dal Corso, University of Trento
  • Christian Duriez, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique
  • Francesco Giorgio-Serchi, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute
  • Federico Renda, Khalifa University Robotics Institute
  • Marcello Calisti, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
  • Alice Tonazzini, Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, EPFL
  • Rob Scharff, Delft Robotics Institute
  • Helmut Hauser, University of Bristol
  • Thor Bietze, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique


Advisory Board:

  • Rolf Pfeifer, Prof. em. University of Zurich, Switzerland, “Specially Appointed Professor” at the Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University, Japan, and visiting professor, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • George Jeronimidis, Prof. em. University of Reading, UK



  • Cecilia Laschi, RoboSoft Coordinator, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
  • Fumiya Iida, University of Cambridge & ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jonathan Rossiter, University of Bristol, UK
  • Helmut Hauser, University of Bristol, UK
  • Matteo Cianchetti, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
  • Laura Margheri, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - contact person) The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy  


Venue and accommodation:

The events were held at the Grand Hotel Palazzo and at "Bagni Pancaldi" (Livorno, Italy) - Download the Guide.


For questions, please contact Laura Margheri (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)





                 Soft Robotics Journal                              Frontiers in Robotics and AI Journal


Soft Robotics: Trends, Applications and Challenges 

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





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