Where Materials and Robotics Meet


April 6

Yale, New Haven, CT

* Due to the circumstances, the workshop will be modified and proposed for RoboSoft 2021


About the workshop


Aslan Miriyev


Imperial College London

Philip Buskohl


Robert Shepherd

Cornell University

Mirko Kovac


Imperial College London




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The role of soft, adaptive matter in Robotics is intensively growing with the increasing demand for compliant, intelligent and collaborative robotic behavior. 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, the advancement of this idea 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 the state of the art, identify technical/conceptual barriers, and outline key challenges and opportunities for Material Intelligence. The workshop will include a special Dialogue Panel along with classical presentation sessions and extensive networking time.