[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Contributions: RoboSoft 2018 Workshop “ Soft haptics: what has been done, what can be done”

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[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Contributions: RoboSoft 2018 Workshop “ Soft haptics: what has been done, what can be done”

Dear colleagues,

We kindly invite you to submit your contributions to the RoboSoft 2018
workshop “ Soft haptics: what has been done, what can be done”, to be held
on Tuesday April 24 in Livorno, Italy.


The aim of this workshop is to analyze the multidisciplinary approach to
soft haptics as a related yet independent research field with respect to
soft robotics, its recent developments and the next avenues. Motivation for
soft haptics moves from the observations of biology. Indeed, human
fingerpads, our primary organ of touch, are soft and deformable. Deformable
pads have the advantage of conforming to the objects that are being
touched, ensuring a stable grasp for a large range of forces and shapes,
but also provide information on the interaction with the environment. In
recent years, the usage of compliant and deformable materials for the
design of soft tactile sensors and haptic interfaces has become somewhat
popular also in the robotics community. Moving from biological inspiration,
this choice allows for a more ecological interaction with the environment
and an easier integration with human body and soft robotic systems. The
enabling factor for soft haptics is the variation of device morphology,
which plays a crucial role not only to convey haptic stimuli in a natural
fashion but also to detect system internal deformation in response to the
interaction with the external world. This can be regarded as a paradigm
shift for the design of soft haptic devices from principle-oriented to
embodiment-oriented norms, which requires a highly interdisciplinary
effort, where studies in materials science, electro-mechanical design,
modeling, perception, as well as biological/neuroscientific modelling need
to be integrated.

The workshop will be organized as a series of invited talks. Here the list
of confirmed speakers:

Antonio Bicchi and Matteo Bianchi, University of Pisa

Fumiya Iida, University of Cambridge

Hongbin Liu, King's College London

Helge Wurdemann and Agostino Stilli, University College London

Jonathan Rossiter, Bristol Univ.

Koh Hosoda, Osaka University

Luca Brayda, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Rebecca Krammer-Bottiglio, Yale University

Thrishantha Nanayakkara, Imperical College

Tetsuyou Watanabe, Kanazawa University

The workshop will have also a poster session. The poster session will give
the opportunity to researchers to discuss their latest results and ongoing
research activities with the community. During a flask talk presentation,
presenters will have one minute to introduce their work to all workshop

We also solicit suggestions for hands-on demonstrations, to give more
practical insights about the workshop topics.

To participate, please submit, by March 14, 2018,  abstracts (maximum 2
pages in the standard RoboSoft conference format) for poster presentation
and demos. Please send all inquiries and submissions to:

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Important Dates

Submission deadline: March 14, 2018

Notification of acceptance: March 21, 2018

Topics of interest (but not limited to)

Embodiment in soft haptics

Morphological computation in tactile sensing

Bio-inspired soft tactile sensing systems

Softness-based interactive interface

Soft haptics in grasping

All contributions will undergo a review by the organizers

Kind regards,

Van Ho and Matteo Bianchi
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