ICAR 2015



Bioinspired Soft Robotics: How animals and plants help build soft robots

Full-day workshop at ICAR 2015, July 31, 2015

Don't miss your opportunity to discuss and be involved in Soft Robotics!


Cecilia Laschi

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

The BioRobotics Institute, Italy

Barbara Mazzolai

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Center for Micro-BioRobotics, Italy


Soft Robotics is a growing area of research, at international level. Projects and publications in this field are increasing at a fast pace and an interdisciplinary active community is growing around this field. Such community is gathering around the IEEE TC on Soft Robotics and, at European level, around the RoboSoft Coordination Action, funded by the European Commission in the FET Open programme (http://www.robosoftca.eu/).

Soft Robotics is an interdisciplinary field in robotics linking know-how from material science, mechanical/electrical engineering, control engineering, chemistry, physics, computer science, biology and medicine. This workshop aims at giving a view on the latest achievements in the field of soft robotics, through invited talks, showing how not only animals but also plants can provide important principles and concepts for developing new technologies.

The workshop will devote a part of time to a discussion on the potential and perspectives of bioinspired soft robotics, aimed at stimulating exchange of ideas and perspectives on the critical issues addressed. ALL ATTENDEES ARE INVITED TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS!


09:00 – 09:30 Cecilia Laschi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, The BioRobotics Institute, Italy

09:30 – 10:00 Barbara Mazzolai, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Center for Micro-BioRobotics, Italy

10:00 – 10:45 Maarja Kruusma, University of Tallin, Centre for Biorobotics, Estonia

10:45 – 11:00 ------- Coffee break

11:00 – 11:45 Adam Stokes, The University of Edinburgh, Institute for Micro and Nano Systems, UK

11:45 – 12:30 Claudio Semini, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, ADVR / Dynamic Legged Systems, Italy

12:30 – 13:00 Discussion

13:00 – 14:00 ------- Lunch

14:00 – 14:45 Matteo Cianchetti, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, The Institute of BioRobotics, Italy

14:45 – 15:30 Robert Shepherd, Cornell University, USA

15:30 – 16:15 Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, The BioRobotics Institute, Italy

16:15 – 16:45 Discussion