[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] UPDATES: 1) Programme of IROS 2018 Full Day Workshop on "Shape Changing Robotic Structures and Interfaces" | 5 October 2018 AND 2) Launch of "Frontiers in Robotics and AI" Research Topic

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[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] UPDATES: 1) Programme of IROS 2018 Full Day Workshop on "Shape Changing Robotic Structures and Interfaces" | 5 October 2018 AND 2) Launch of "Frontiers in Robotics and AI" Research Topic

Wurdemann, Helge
Call for Participation

Dear All,
We sincerely invite you to join our workshop aiming at bringing together and encourage collaboration between communities interested in soft robotics, reconfigurable mechanisms, human-computer interaction, haptics and beyond.
IROS 2018 Full Day Workshop on "Shape Changing Robotic Structures and Interfaces"
to be held at the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Madrid, Spain on 5 October 2018

Shape-changing robotic structures and shape-changing interfaces (as known in the Human-Computer Interaction community) are transforming systems that physically change shape exploiting 21st century robotics, including soft robotics, reconfigurable mechanisms, but also hinges on research areas such as modelling, control and material science. The design and fabrication process makes use of elements found in the field of reconfigurable mechanisms or soft material robotics or in a combination of both. Change in physical geometry can add new capabilities to these systems making them ideal for application in areas such as healthcare, production, homecare, autonomous vehicles and for interfaces with computers and machines.
Discussions at the seminar will be based around three key themes: (1) The technologies involved in shape-change, including soft, modular and reconfigurable robotics, smart materials, and actuation systems; (2) the design of shape-changing systems, including their key application areas, and their industrial and interaction design; and (3) current and future application areas.
This IROS 2018 Workshop on Shape-changing Robotic Structures and Interfaces will bring together researchers from the disciplines of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, Engineering, Robotics and Material Science to strengthen this new community, discuss grand challenges, form a research agenda, and to create opportunities for active collaborations. Round table discussions will focus on obstacles and challenges and the future direction. As part of the workshop, real demonstrators will be presented.

1) The programme of the workshop is live on https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__iros2018.softhaptics.website_&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=OTI2VaLC6VR8kh6n-ypMkS8ckFhI1XRUuju9gsjQjKs&s=Uq-y6Ibh0M-CmOTVCBec-M24Lc2NerhbjSWnlYhXQc0&e= - we have prepared an exciting combination of invited presentations by leading roboticists and contributed poster presentations!
2) We now launched a Research Topic " Shape Changing Robotic Structures and Interfaces" under Frontiers in Robotics and AI - Soft Robotics and welcome your contributions via https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.frontiersin.org_research-2Dtopics_8768_shape-2Dchanging-2Drobotic-2Dstructures-2Dand-2Dinterfaces&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=OTI2VaLC6VR8kh6n-ypMkS8ckFhI1XRUuju9gsjQjKs&s=xLFLkzLEMybXnNNA10vvVbFVvjv_P9fz8vhDWAK9SVY&e=.


We look forward to seeing you at this IROS 2018 Workshop,

The Organizing Committee
Dr Anne Roudaut, University of Bristol, UK

Dr Helge Wurdemann, University College London, UK

Prof. Sanja Dogramadzi, Bristol Robotics Lab, University of the West of England, UK

Prof. Jamie Paik, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Lining Yao, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

Prof. Audrey Girouard, Carleton University, Ontario, Canada

Dr Ali Alazmani, University of Leeds, UK

Prof. Kaspar Althoefer, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Dr Pete Culmer, University of Leeds, UK

Prof. Sean Follmer, Stanford University, Stanford, USA

Dr Van Ho, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Nomi, Japan

Prof. Jonathan Rossiter, University of Bristol, UK
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