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Workshop RoboSoft 2018

RoboSoft 2018 IEEE

FULL-DAY WORKSHOP

 VenueGrand Hotel PalazzoViale Italia, Livorno, Italy    24 April 2018 

Soft-bodied structures in nature and robotics:

towards new trends and opportunities

ORGANIZERS

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Barbara Mazzolai

Director
Center of Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR)
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34
56025 Pontedera (Pisa), Italy

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Robert Shepherd

Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
The Organic Robotics Lab (ORL)
Cornell University
553 Upson Hall, Ithaca, NY

 

ABSTRACT

The study and the extraction of biological key principles, and their translation in design guidelines for a new generation of robots and technological solutions have been widely adopted in the biomimetics and bionics fields.

Biologically inspired approaches have traditionally been widely adopted in robotics, as well. Robots that implement solutions inspired by nature show abilities that permit adaptive, flexible interactions with unpredictable environments. Consequently, in the goal to mimic living beings, the different components of an artificial system have to be designed from models of the reference biological systems, in an integrated way, making explicit the general design principles underlying the embodiment. The next generation of robots will be “soft”, because this better allows the interaction with the environment, mediated by the body, as in natural systems. Advances in “soft technology” will lead to a quantum leap in intelligent robotics. 

With this workshop, we wish to contribute to the discussion on the development of bioinspired soft robots, not just as robotic systems implementing solutions inspired by nature, but as platforms for biological studies: building a bioinspired robot allows thoroughly understanding the biomechanics, control, perception, and behavior of the reference living system. Mimicking animals, or plants and even microorganisms, requires deep investigation of new materials, bio-mechanisms, sensors, actuators, energy solutions, and control schemes and can lead to breakthrough advances in robotics technologies.

DESCRIPTION

This workshop aims at gathering robotics, biology, biophysics, and biomechanics researchers among the key actors of bioinspired soft robotics worldwide, with the objectives of:

-    stimulating a fruitful and attractive discussion on this emerging scientific area, not only restricted to the robotics community, but expanded to include interaction with the biology, materials science, biophysics communities;

-    providing an authoritative overview of recent advancements in studying features (e.g., materials, behaviors, mechanisms, etc.) of selected living systems belonging to Animalia, Plantae, Bacteria Kingdoms and their related counterparts in soft robotics;

-    creating an occasion in which scientists and roboticists can offer different perspectives and viewpoints in developing a new class of soft robots, which exhibit different performance compared with today's robots, in terms of materials, fabrication technologies, machine and natural intelligence, sensors and actuators;

-    discussing the role of dimensional scale, interaction with environment, morphology, materials hierarchical organization, and other features relevant to define new emerging abilities of soft robots;

-    outlining the current opportunities and challenges of bioinspired robotics.

PLAN TO ENCOURAGE INTERACTION AMONG PARTICIPANTS

The workshop will include a panel discussion open to all the attendees. The workshop speakers and additional experts will animate the discussion, by briefly presenting key issues that deserve further analysis and interdisciplinary debate.

The proposed workshop is intended for the robotics researchers and the scientists who share this vision of bioinspired soft robotics, including the young students and researchers who are encouraged to enter this emerging and challenging field of research.

The novelty of the area and the multidisciplinary approach will stimulate creativity and interactions among participants, with the potentiality of a strong impact for different topics in engineering, ICT solutions, and basic science.

INVITED SPEAKERS

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Name

Affiliation

Country

in alphabetical order

1

Bilge Baytekin

Bilkent University

Turkey

2

Antonio De Simone

SISSA

Italy

3

Peer Fischer

Max Planck

Germany

4

Peter Fratzl

Max Planck

Germany

5

Luca Gammaitoni

University of Perugia

Italy

6

Daniel Goldman

Georgia Institute of Technology

USA

7

José Halloy

Université Denis Diderot

France

8

Wenqi Hu

Max Planck

Germany

9

Mirko Kovac

Imperial College

England

10

Rebecca Kramer

Yale University

USA

11

Barbara Mazzolai

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Italy

12

Yasmine Meroz

Tel Aviv University

Israel

13

Paolo Milani

University of Milan

Italy

14

Bradley Nelson

ETH

CH

15

Kirstin Petersen

Cornell University

USA

16

Nicola Pugno

University of Trento

Italy

17

Arthur Seibel

Hamburg University of Technology

Germany

18

Robert Shepherd

Cornell University

USA

 

  PROGRAM

FROM LIVING BEINGS TO ARTEFACTS: SOFT ROBOTS, MATERIALS, ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR, MOVEMENT, AND CONTROL IN ANIMALIA, PLANTAE, AND BACTERIA

TIME

SPEAKER

TOPICS

09:00 – 09:10

Barbara Mazzolai & Robert Shepherd

Welcome and introduction

Animalia

Title

09:10 – 09:30

Robert Shepherd

Optoelectronic Nervous Systems

09:30 – 09:50

Daniel Goldman

Slithering snake diffraction: the need for (and efforts toward) a softer snake robot

09:50 – 10:10

Nicola Pugno

Bio-inspired structural composites for robotics

10:10 – 10:30

Arthur Seibel

A Gecko-inspired Soft Robot

10:30 – 11:00

coffee break

11:00 – 11:20

Kirstin Petersen

Minimalistic Soft Robots for Deployment in High Numbers

11:20 – 11:40

Mirko Kovac

Aerial BioRobotics: adaptive morphology for high-performance flight and surface interaction

11:40 – 12:00

Rebecca Kramer

Design of a Morphing Limb for a Turtle- and Tortoise-Inspired Amphibious Robot

Plantae

Title

12:00 – 12:20

Barbara Mazzolai

Plants inspire tomorrow's robots

12:20 – 12:40

Peter Fratzl

Heat-triggered and humidity-controlled shape change inspired from plant seed pods

12:40 – 13:00

Yasmine Meroz

A foundation for decision-making in plant tropisms

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch & Discussion

14:00 – 14:20

José Halloy

The material base of robotics and AI in the light of sustainability

14:20 – 14:40

Paolo Milani

Metal-Polymer Nanocomposites for the Fabrication of Complex Systems for Soft Actuation and Flexible Electronics

14:40 – 15:00

Bilge Baytekin

Bioinspired Heliotropism and Nyctinasty for Soft Plant Robots

Bacteria

Title

15:00 – 15:20

Wenqi Hu

Shape-programmable Magnetic Soft Matter and Millirobots

15:20 – 15:40

Antonio De Simone

Flagellar motility and metaboly in Euglena gracilis: lessons on locomotion and shape control from a unicellular protest

15:40 – 16:00

Bradley Nelson

Soft Microrobotics and its Application in Medicine

16:00 – 16:30

coffee break

16:30 – 16:50

Peer Fisher

Bio-mimicry and bio-inspired propulsion in tissue

16:50 – 17:10

Luca Gammaitoni

Biological cell as fuel source for powering micro robotic applications

17:10 – 17:30

Concluding remarks and end of the workshop

20:30

Social Dinner - by invitation only

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