From Functional Materials to Material Computing


Fully Virtual Event

Hosted by Yale Univeristy

April 12, 2021

April 12-16

News: The RoboSoft 2021 Committee has approved the workshop on Jan. 25, 2021.

The website is under development and will be fully ready in two weeks. 


About the workshop

The role of soft, adaptive matter in Robotics is intensively growing with the increasing demand for compliant, intelligent, and collaborative robotic behavior. The development of intelligent material systems combining actuation, sensing, and computation has become one of the grand challenges for realizing this vision of next-generation soft robotics. Material intelligence, the concept of material-level acquisition and application of knowledge and skills, embodies a critical synergy of sensing, actuation, and computation with the potential to redefine our expectations of material behavior. However, this idea's advancement faces several challenges due to the technical breadth, complex implementation, and conceptual paradigm shift of material behavior it requires.  In addition, physical integration of these capabilities and concepts is inherently interdisciplinary, requiring input and the development of a common language across numerous disciplines, including Materials Science, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Bioengineering, Architecture, and others. The present workshop aims to host "under one roof" the leading researchers in the fields of soft-material actuation, sensing, and computation to create a dialogue on state of the art, identify technical/conceptual barriers, and outline key challenges and opportunities for Material Intelligence.


Aslan Miriyev


Imperial College London

Philip Buskohl


Robert Shepherd

Cornell University

Mirko Kovac


Imperial College London



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