[robotics-worldwide] [Meetings] Call for papers IROS18 - Workshop: Continuum and Soft Robots (CSR) for medical interventions: Design, Modeling, and Control

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[robotics-worldwide] [Meetings] Call for papers IROS18 - Workshop: Continuum and Soft Robots (CSR) for medical interventions: Design, Modeling, and Control

IROS 2018 workshop – Continuum and Soft Robots (CSR) for medical
interventions: Design, Modeling, and Control

5 October 2018. Palacio Municipal de Congresos, Av. Capital de España, 7,
28042 Madrid, Spain

Call for extended abstracts/posters (with future extension to journal

IROS 2018 workshop – Continuum and Soft Robots (CSR) for medical
interventions: Design, Modeling, and Control




Important dates

July 25: Submission deadline

August 25: Notification of acceptance

October 5: Workshop (full-day)

Authors are required to submit a 2-page extended abstract in PDF. Please
send the submission to:
15 July, 2018.


In recent decades, the development of MIS (Minimal Invasive Surgeries) and
NOTES (Natural Orifices Transluminal Endoscopic Surgeries) has been
accompanied by a proliferation of innovative medical robot designs,
especially based on incorporating continuum and soft design elements.
However, researchers have not yet reached consensus on do not have broadly
agreed methods for design, modeling, and simulation of soft and continuum
robot structures bodies. In addition, the challenges of sensing, actuation,
and control in soft and continuum bodied robots are still being overcome
The objective of this workshop is for participants to review and discuss the
most recent advances in terms of novel design and mechanism paradigms.
Modeling approaches, stability, and control the stability issue, and the
control strategy, which are intimately linked, will be covered, as well as
open challenges like follow-the-leader deployment, variable stiffness
mechanism, variable stiffness control, reconfigurable structure, data-driven
approach for robot control, and advance in the development of materials.

Invited speakers (tentative)

Elliot Hawkes, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of

Pierre Lambert, TIP, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Allison Okamura, Charmlab, Stanford

Pierre E. Dupont, Boston Children’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School

Christian Duriez, Director of research INRIA, Lille
Christos Bergeles Robotics and Vision in Medicine, University College of

Hongliang Ren, Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of

Jamie Paik, Reconfigurable Robotics Lab, EPFL

Jaydev Desai Georgia Center for Medical Robotics, Georgia Tech

Nabil Simaan, ARMA Research Laboratory, Vanderbilt University

Kaspar Althoefer, Centre for Robotics Research, King’s College of London

Arianna Menciassi, The Biorobotics Institute, Scuela Superiore Sant’Anna


Call for extended abstracts/posters:

We invite extended abstracts of 2 pages in the standard format for IEEE IROS
conference. Submissions should describe one or more of the following topics
of interest. All the submissions will be judged based on relevance to the
workshop topics, technical quality, and novelty. Authors of accepted
abstracts are expected to attend the workshop with a spot-light talk (~3
mins) and to present their work as posters during the interactive session
with posters prepared in advance. Best poster awards will be presented after
the interactive session. The extended abstracts will be included in the
proceedings to be posted on the workshop website. High quality extended
abstracts will be recommended to a special issue for a journal that will be
soon announced.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
♣ Continuum robots
♣ Soft material robots
♣ Actuated needles, catheters, and flexible instruments
♣ Modeling large and nonlinear deformation
♣ Follow-the-leader deployment
♣ Variable stiffness mechanisms
♣ Sensors fusion based closed-loop control
♣ Reconfigurable and deployable mechanisms



Jessica Burgner-Kahrs, Associate Professor, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Matteo Cianchetti, Assistant Professor, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna 
Caleb Rucker, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee
Kanty Rabenorosoa, Associate Professor, University of Bourgogne

For more information and for submissions please contact [hidden email]

This full-day workshop is supported by the IEEE Technical Committee on
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