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:

08:25Welcome and Workshop Introduction
Keynotes: Soft Robotics - Current Progress and Challenges Ahead A
08:30 Cecilia LaschiScuola Superiore Sant’AnnaSoft Robotics technologies and applications, towards new robotics scenarios
08:45 Fumiya Iida
University of CambridgeModel-free design automation of soft robots
Session 1: Advanced Fabrication for Soft Robotics
09:00Pablo Valdivia y AlvaradoSingapore University of Technology and DesignDirect Fabrication of Soft Robot Bodies as Functionalized Soft Composite Structures
09:15Michelle Yuen (Rebecca Kramer's Group)Purdue UniversityPrintable Robots: from screen printing to inkjet printing soft, functional materials
09:30Jerry QiGeorgia Institute of TechnologyHybrid 3D Printing with Active Materials for Morphing Structures and Soft Robots
09:45Bram VanderborghtVrije Universiteit BrusselThe fabrication of self-healing soft actuators
10:00Coffee Break
10:30Preview for Poster Session 1 (each presenter has 2 minutes)
11:00Poster Session 1 / Live demos
12:00Lunch Break
Keynotes: Soft Robotics - Current Progress and Challenges Ahead B
13:30 Daniela RusMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyVisually Guided Grasping and Manipulation with a Soft Robot Hand
13:45 Jonathan RossiterBristol UniversitySoft materials and structures for embodied intelligence
14:00Oliver BrockTechnische Universität BerlinQuest for the Principles of Soft Robotics
Session 2: Morphological computation for soft robotics
14:15Surya G. NurzamanMonash University, Sunway CampusA dynamical system perspective of morphological computation and adaptation in soft robots
14:30Kohei NakajimaUniversity of TokyoExploiting the dynamics of soft materials for machine learning
14:45Thrishantha Nanayakkara (presented by Nicolas Herzig)Imperial College LondonAdvances in the MOTION project – Morphological Computation of Perception and Action
15:00Koh HosodaOsaka UniversityIntelligent behavior of muscular-skeletal humanoid robot
15:15Coffee Break
15:30Preview for Poster Session 2 (each presenter has 2 minutes)
16:00Poster session 2 / Live demos

Posters & Live Demos:

1 / PosterHongying ZhangNUS/Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyOn Designing a Soft Gripper with Topology Optimisation Method
1 / PosterS. KimUNISTRepeatable and Consistent Direct Writing of Eutectic Gallium-Indium (EGaIn) and its Application to a Soft Sensor
1 / PosterWoong-bae KimSeoul National UniversityDeployable Soft Bending Actuator Fabricated Using Mold Stacking
1 / PosterYun Hol ChanNational University of SingaporeFlexible and Soft Anthropomorphic Robotic Hand Inspired by Origami Folding
1 / PosterYi SunNational University of SingaporeDevelopment of a Shape-Morphing Soft Pneumatic Actuator: Soft Robotic Pad
1 / PosterBenjamin W.K. AngNational University of SingaporePrint-it-Yourself (PIY) Glove: A Fully 3D Printed Soft Robotic Hand Rehabilitative and Assistive Exoskeleton for Stroke Patients
1 / PosterQi GeSingapore University of Technology and DesignHighly Stretchable and UV Curable Elastomers for UV Based 3D Printing
1 / PosterEspen KnoopDisney ResearchMetaSilicone: Design and Fabrication of Composite Silicone with Desired Mechanical Properties
1 / PosterRyuma NiiyamaThe University of TokyoCompliant Jumping Mechanism with Bi-stable Structure
1 / PosterJun ShintakeEPFLGelatin Based Soft Pneumatic Actuator for Edible Robotics
1 / DemoWoong-bae KimSeoul National UniversityDeployable Soft Bending Actuator Fabricated Using Mold Stacking
1 / DemoKhin P. MayNational University of SingaporeApplications of Modular Fabric Based Actuators
1 / DemoJ.H. LowNational University of SingaporeA 3D-printed Soft Robotic Gripper
2 / PosterOliver BrockTU BerlinMorphological Computation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
2 / PosterN. JouandeauUniversidad Cooperativa de Colombia/Militar Nueva Granada University Bogota/LIASD, Paris 8 University/LEME, Paris Nanterre UniversityIntegrating Softness inside Robotic Prosthesis
2 / PosterN. JouandeauMilitar Nueva Granada University Bogota/Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia/LIASD, Paris 8 UniversityHybrid Force-Position Control with a Soft Force Sensor
2 / PosterAnik IslamSingapore University of Technology and DesignMultilayer Fluidic Elastomeric Actuators for Controlling Actuation of Soft Robots
2 / PosterVincent WallTU BerlinAutomated Co-Design of Soft Hand Morphology and Control Strategy for Grasping
2 / PosterVincent WallTU BerlinBenchmarking Soft Actuators for Human-Robot Interactions
2 / PosterSung-Sik YunSeoul National UniversityExo-Glove PM: An Easily Customisable Modularised Pneumatic Assistive Glove
2 / PosterYu-Chuan SuNational Tsing Hua UniversityWater-Powered Soft Robots for Orthodontic Application
2 / PosterFlippy Tianle PanChinese University of Hong KongA Soft Robot Targeted for GI Tract Inspection – GISoftBot V1.0
2 / PosterJiawei CaoNational University of SingaporeSoft Robots Driven by Smart Actuators
2 / PosterKit-Hang LeeThe University of Hong Kong/Queen Mary University of LondonNonparametric Online Learning for Hyper-Elastic Robotic Control: An EnablingTechnique for Effective Endoscopic Navigation
2 / DemoN. ChengNational University of SingaporeA Fabric-based Soft Robotic Glove for Continuous Passive Motion Therapy of the Hand
2 / DemoLiang XinquanNational University of SingaporeFabric-based Soft Robotic Arm
2 / DemoFan-Zhe. LowNational University of SingaporeSoft robotic sock device for assisted ankle dorsiflexion-plantarflexion and eversion-inversion


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