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Deadline: October 28, 2021, 11:59 pm EDT

Symposium SB02—Materials, Power Sources, Sensors, Actuators and Mechanics for Untethered Soft Robots

Joint symposium with Japan Society of Applied Physics

In recent years, considerable efforts have been devoted to developing novel soft robots, yielding advances in biomimetic robot mechanisms, soft actuators, soft artificial organs, and biocompatible and conformable prostheses. To realize these applications, high-performance power sources, sensors, actuators, and processors made of soft materials are essential.

The final step to achieve wearable and autonomous soft robots is to remove their tether to electrical power and introduce untethered systems. The integration of new, flexible energy harvesting/storage devices with soft actuators and sensors makes it possible to achieve this ultimate form of soft robots. For further development and future practical applications, multidisciplinary research linking materials, devices, actuation, mechanics, and information processing is critical. Based on this motivation, the main purpose of this symposium, by gathering researchers from different disciplines worldwide, is to discuss the challenges and possibilities for the next generation of soft robots. This symposium will cover newly developed materials, thin and light-weight energy harvesting/storage devices, flexible/stretchable sensors, flexible photonics for sensing and stimulation, new mechanics, and artificial intelligence.

Thanks to their tissue-like mechanical compliance (including both flexibility and stretchability), devices built with soft materials can serve as the interface between the electronic world and the biological one, conforming to internal organs or skin and other soft, curved surfaces. Furthermore, the stretchability of these devices allows them to maintain operation even under large deformation. Already, soft robots and soft machines that integrate energy harvesting, sensing, actuation, and information processing have appeared, heralding remarkable potential applications in wearable consumer electronics, mobile health monitoring, artificial prostheses, artificial organs, and disaster relief.

Topics will include:

  • Thin and light-weight energy harvesting/storage devices
  • Stretchable conductors
  • Soft actuators for untethered robots and wearables
  • Soft robotics and artificial intelligence with a focus on untethered systems
  • Design & materials for Flexible and stretchable electronic devices
  • Organic and hybrid electronics for flexible/stretchable devices
  • Soft optical devices for imaging, sensing and stimulation
  • Integrated systems for soft-robot applications

Invited Speakers (tentative):

  • Ichiro Amimori (Xenoma Inc., Japan)
  • Yi Cui (Stanford University, USA)
  • Marco Fontana (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy)
  • Chuafei Guo (Southern University of Science and Technology, China)
  • Christoph Keplinger (Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany)
  • Dae-Hyeong Kim (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Cecilia Laschi (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Pooi See Lee (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Yigit Menguc (Facebook Reality Labs, USA)
  • Kohei Nakajima (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • John Rogers (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Herbert Shea (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Takao Someya (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Kenji Suzuki (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
  • Koichi Suzumori (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Kuniharu Takei (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
  • Zhong lin Wang (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Kenjiro Fukuda
RIKEN
Japan

Vito Cacucciolo
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Switzerland

Shingo Maeda
Shibaura Institute of Technology
Japan

Xiaomin Xu
Tsinghua University
Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute
China

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