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[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP2: ICRA2018 Workshop on Self-healing, Growing and Evolving Soft Robots

Fumiya Iida-2

This is the Second Call for Abstract for this workshop at ICRA2018 (Deadline 6th April 2018).

The plenary speakers will debate provocative questions such as:
        • Emergence of emergent behaviours in physically adaptive robots
        • Robots that morph and behave simultaneously
        • Are soft robots indestructible?
        • What do robots envy living beings?
        • How do you make soft robotic organisms, and why would you want to?
        • Brain is the last resort
        • Ten years of soft robotics: lesson learned and challenges ahead

Please come and join our stimulating discussions in our workshop!

ICRA2018 Workshop on Self-healing, Growing and Evolving Soft Robots
Brisbane, Australia --- May 21st (full-day)


The ability to flexibly and dynamically changing mechanical bodies is the foundation of adaptability in animals and other living organisms. Each animal starts its life with a single cell, and it is enlarged into larger organisms through differentiation, morphogenesis, and self-healing. These mechanisms are essential for biological systems not only to simply enlarge their bodies but also to create new functions, as stem cells are specialised into tissues, muscles, brains, and sensory systems. In contrast, our robotic systems today are mechanically very static, and unable to change their bodies in the satisfactory levels of flexibility in order to achieve comparable adaptivity and intelligence as animals’. Even though these topics are seemingly outrageously challenging for today’s robotics, there are several notable attempts and technological progress reported recently. In general, the recent advances in material science, rapid prototyping, and soft robotics technologies are providing us to explore a number of novel approaches to tackle the long-standing fundamental challenges of self-healing, growing and evolving robotics. From this perspective, this workshop provides a stage for active discussions about the state-of-the-art technologies as well as sharing the common views about challenges and perspectives.


The proposed workshop aims to present latest advances in the fields of self-healing, growing, and evolutionary soft robotics. Recent publications showed that: Self-healing materials were employed to form a series of inflatable artificial muscles to actuate various soft robots; Fused Deposition Modelling technology was extended to make a plant-like robot enlarge its size physically; And modular robots were extended for achieving evolutionary robotics in real life. Talks will describe new and innovative ideas in all of these fields as well as neighbouring fields that are technologically and theoretically related. The workshop will serve to highlight important challenges still facing the field and potential approaches needed to overcome them. To augment the contributed presentations, the organizing committee is planning to have preeminent researchers to give presentations on their latest results and experiences, along with poster presentations to discuss recent case studies interactively.

List of potential topics:
        • Self-healing robot technologies
        • Growing robot technologies
        • Evolutionary robot technologies
        • Advanced functional materials for shape-, colour-changing robots
        • 4D printing and fabrication with active materials
        • Advanced fabrication techniques for shape changing robots
        • Soft modular robotics and programmable matter
        • Design automation, optimization algorithms
        • Modelling and simulation techniques of shape-changing robots
        • Multi-material rapid prototyping/3D printing
        • Bio-mimetic and bio-inspired mechanisms and applications
        • Adaptive sensor morphology and morphological computation
        • Self-organizing behavior in soft and deformable robots
        • Embodied and mechanical intelligence in soft robots

List of Plenary Speakers (tentative):
        • Fumiya Iida (University of Cambridge)
        • Josh Bongard (University of Vermont)
        • Bram Vanderborght (Vrije Universiteit Brussel
        • Barbara Mazzolai (IIT)
        • Cecilia Laschi (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)
        • Daniela Rus (MIT)
        • Metin Sitti (Max Plank Institute)
        • Thrishantha Nanayakkara (Imperial College London)
        • Robert Shepherd (Cornell University)
        • Jonathan Rossiter (University of Bristol)

We welcome submissions of extended abstract (between 1 and 2 pages in the double-column ICRA format). Abstracts will be evaluated on novel perspectives, scientific importance, clarity, and relevance. We especially encourage young students and researchers to submit their earlier works. On-site robot demonstrations are also highly encouraged. All submissions should be sent to Fumiya Iida (fi224-at-cam.ac.uk) by the deadline below.

        • Submission deadline of extended abstract: 6th April 2018
        • Notification of acceptance: 13th April 2018
        • Final submission deadline: 4th May 2018
        • Final Schedule: 11th May 2018
        • ICRA Workshop: 21st May 2018

Fumiya Iida (University of Cambridge), Bram Vanderborght (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Barbara Mazzolai (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia), Cecilia Laschi (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa)

• Workshop website:
• Soft Robotics Technical Committee

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