Objectives:
Advances in Soft Robotics are leading to increasingly challenging designs in terms of desired geometries, material distributions, and functionality. Traditional sequential casting and additive manufacture approaches present various limitations for fabrication and new techniques are needed. Furthermore, new available structural functionality presents a tremendous opportunity for new techniques in morphological computation, i.e. the way computation, control, and sensing are facilitated by the robot’s morphology which may include its shape, deformability and material properties. Recent advances in fabrication techniques and morphological computation are poised to further expand application areas, performance, as well as the impact of Soft Robots.

This workshop aims to present the latest advances in the fields of fabrication and morphological computation for soft robotics. Talks will describe new and novel ideas in both fields and various ways in which they can be applied to the field of soft robotics. The workshop will also serve to highlight important challenges still facing the field and potential approaches needed to overcome them.

List of potential topics:

  • Novel digital fabrication/ additive manufacture techniques for soft robots
  • Multi-material rapid prototyping/3D printing
  • Novel soft lithography techniques and applications in robotics
  • 4D printing and fabrication with active materials
  • Novel fabrication techniques in soft robotics
  • Manufacturing processes for non-traditional actuators
  • Bio-mimetic and bio-inspired mechanisms and devices
  • Control of stiffness, impedance and other physical properties in soft/compliant bodies/robots
  • Passive actuation, sensing, and control
  • Controllability, stability, force/torque transmission
  • Control of soft manipulation, locomotion, grasping
  • Programmable matter
  • Morphological computation approaches
  • Reservoir computing and information processing in soft robots
  • Embodied and mechanical intelligence in soft robots
  • Self-organizing behavior in soft and deformable robots

Workshop Program:

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Posters & Live Demos:

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Organisers:

Steering Committee

Prof. Cecilia Laschi – The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Universitaria Superiore Pisa

Prof. Koh Hosoda – Department of System Innovation, Osaka University

Dr. Wei Jun – Additive Manufacturing Programme Manager, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, A*STAR

Program Committee

Asst. Prof. Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado – Engineering Product Development Pillar, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Lecturer Surya G. Nurzaman – Mechanical Engineering Discipline, School of Engineering, Sunway Campus Monash University

Univ. Lect. Fumiya Iida – Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge