UPDATE 2: We have received some exciting contributions and further extend the submission deadline to 10 March!
We like to invite submissions for
ICRA 2017 Full Day Workshop on "Innovative Haptic Interfaces emerging from Soft Robotics"
to be held at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Singapore, 2 June 2017
Submission deadline: extended to 10 March 2017
Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2017
Workshop Date: 2 June 2017
Submissions should be in the format of a one A4-page poster including a short description of the live demonstration that you intend to show at the workshop. Submissions should be in PDF format (<5MB). Please send the paper to Dr Helge Wurdemann ([hidden email]) by March 10.
Submissions will be accepted as either a:
- 15 min presentation and live demonstration or
- 2 min teaser, poster presentation and live demonstration.
The field of soft robotics has made inroads into a number of applications that have previously been dominated by rigid robots such as assistive technologies, surgical robotics and haptics. This workshop aims to bring together experts active in the field of creating sensors interacting with soft objects, understanding how sensory information is fed back to the human and studying haptic devices made of soft materials. We will explore the synergies that will arise from bringing together soft robotics and haptics and identify the advantages that these new soft materials bring to the field of haptics.
This ICRA 2017 workshop will provide a review of current technology using silicone and rubber materials for creating sensors on the one hand and haptic devices on the other hand. This will help exploring the reasons of current emergence of soft haptic interfaces and identifying the benefits associated with applying soft robotics in this field. The workshop will explore the challenges that lie ahead to create new robot systems that can enhance feeding back haptic information to the human in the future.
Round table discussions will focus on obstacles and challenges and the future direction. As part of the workshop, real demonstrators will be presented.
List of topics:
- Merging soft robotics and haptics: state of the art, current research efforts
- Wearable haptic technologies
- Soft haptic devices
- Stiffness-controllable mechanisms used for haptic feedback
- Design: basic architectures, optimization, scaling
- Controllability, stability of haptic feedback devices
- Future direction of development in soft haptic interfaces
- Soft tissue palpation in MIS
- Granular jamming robots
- Dynamic interaction modelling
- Sensor made of soft materials
- Testing and validation of soft haptic interfaces
We look forward to seeing you at this ICRA 2017 Workshop,
The Organizing Committee
Dr Helge Wurdemann, University College London
Prof. Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam, University College London
Prof. Mandayam Srinivasan, University College London
Dr Vijay Pawar, University College London
Prof. Kaspar Althoefer, Queen Mary University of London