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Co-chairs:

fumiya lida
Fumiya Iida
ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
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cecilia laschi
Cecilia Laschi
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy
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akio ishiguro
Akio Ishiguro
Tohoku University, Japan
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rob wood
Robert Wood
Harvard University, USA
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Surya G. Nurzaman
ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
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Website:

http://softrobotics.org

Founding date:

2012

Member count:

384

 

Soft Robotics

Scope:

page2There has been an increasing interest in the use of soft and deformable structures in the robotic systems. Soft and deformable structures are crucial in the systems that deal with uncertain and dynamic task-environments, e.g. grasping and manipulation of unknown objects, locomotion in rough terrains, and physical contacts with living cells and human bodies. Moreover the investigations on soft materials are also necessary for more visionary research topics such as self-repairing, growing, and self-replicating robots. Despite its importance and considerable demands, the field of Soft Robotics faces a number of fundamental scientific challenges: the studies of unconventional materials are still in their exploration phase, and it has not been fully clarified what materials are available and useful for robotic applications; tools and methods for fabrication and assembly are not established; we do not have broadly agreed methods of modeling and simulation of soft continuum bodies; it is not fully understood how to achieve sensing, actuation and control in soft bodied robots; and we are still exploring what are the good ways to test, evaluate, and communicate the soft robotics technologies. From this perspective, this technical committee will bring together the scientists and engineers who have different backgrounds and disciplines, and provide a set of opportunities to discuss these open issues.

Priority areas for the technical committee include:

  • scientific problems related with soft-bodied robots
  • soft materials for robots
  • modeling and simulation techniques of soft bodies
  • fabrication and control of soft bodies
  • interdisciplinary interactions with biological/medical sciences, material sciences and chemistry
  • soft robotics application

News:

Website:

http://softrobotics.org/

 

Activities

Activities Organized by / Related to the Technical Committee:

RSS 2014 Workshop on "Advances on Soft Robotics", July 2014

First International Conference on Soft Robotics in Germany, June 2014

IEEE ICRA Workshop on "Soft and Stiffness-Controllable Robots for Minimally Invasive Surgery", June 2014

IEEE ICRA Workshop on "Soft Robots", June 2014

Special issue on "Soft Actuators" in Actuators 3(2), 2014

IEEE/RSJ IROS 2013 Workshop on "Soft Technologies for Wearable Robots", November 2013

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International Workshop on Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation, Monte Verita, Switzerland, July 2013

Organized sessions on "Soft Robotics", in IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics (BioRob 2012), June 2012

Organized sessions on "Smart Materials and Actuators for Soft Robotics", in IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics (BioRob 2012), June 2012

ETH Summer School on Soft Robotics, Zurich, Switzerland, June 2012

Special issue on "Soft Robotics" in  Advanced Robotics 26(7), 2012

Special session on "Soft Robotics" at FET 11 conference, Budapest, May 2011

Swiss-Japan Joint Seminar on "Soft Robotics: Morphology, Materials, and Functionalities", University of Tokyo, June 2010