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[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] IROS 2017 Workshop on Folding in Robotics

Sam Felton
What: Workshop on Folding in Robotics
When: Thursday, Sept 28th
Where: IROS 2017, Vancouver
Submission deadline: July 22nd
Submission requirement: one-page abstract, emailed to
[hidden email]
Presentation formats: 15 minute talks and posters
Dear Colleagues,

In preparation for the Folding in Robotics workshop hosted at IROS 2017,
the organizing committee invites all interested investigators to submit
one-page abstracts on their relevant research; selected submissions will be
invited to present a poster or a deliver 15-minute talk at the workshop on
September 28th. Early-stage research and young investigators (including
students) are encouraged to submit. More information can be found at:

Submission details: The submission deadline is July 22nd. Please prepare an
abstract no more than one page in length, in the IEEE style and in pdf,
doc, or docx format. Email the abstract to [hidden email].
Workshop Summary:
The intent of this workshop is to spread the techniques and applications of
foldable robots, and encourage their use in research and education. Origami
has a long history in art, mathematics, and biology, and similar folding
techniques have produced exciting advances in design and fabrication. This
has resulted in structures that can drastically change their size,
algorithms that generate origami folds to approximate any shape, and
self-folding sheets that autonomously transform into 3D structures.

These techniques are now applied to a variety of challenges in robotics:
microrobots harness laminate fabrication and pop-up assembly to automate
the fabrication of complex centimeter scale machines; satellites can be
folded into small packages and then unfolded in space; origami mechanisms
are capable of complex and functional behaviors; and soft robots can be
built from flexible planar materials.

In addition to being a rapidly evolving field in its own right, foldable
robotics is also used by many researchers as a practical and inexpensive
means to create platforms for other research. Swarms of robots can be built
cheaply and in parallel, while educational robots can be customized with
inexpensive tools for a variety of lessons. We have gathered a group of
speakers with first-hand experience building and using folded and laminate
machines to provide a comprehensive overview of existing design and
fabrication techniques. Researchers unfamiliar with the field will quickly
learn the basics, and experienced designers will share and discuss the
latest methods and research.
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