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Material Intelligence

From Functional Materials to Material Computing

Zoom statistics of the event: 253 unique computer users, total 499 users, >100 attendees in each Panel


April 12, 2021

Fully Virtual Event

Hosted by Yale University

About the workshop

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

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Mirko Kovac


Imperial College London




09:00 - 10:30

Panel I: Intersection of Physical Artificial Intelligence (PAI) and Bio-inspiration

Metin Sitti

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Barbara Mazzolai

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Michael Tolley

University of California San Diego 

Kirstin Petersen

Cornell University 

10:30 - 11:00

Networking break

11:00 - 12:30

Panel II: Computation and Control

Helmut Hauser

University of Bristol

Nikolaus Correll

University of Colorado at Boulder

Kohei Nakajima

University of Tokyo

Jiangying Zhou


12:30 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Panel III: Sensing, Actuation and Interfaces

Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio

Yale University 

Adam Stokes

University of Edinburgh

Jamie Paik

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Carmel Majidi

Carnegie Mellon University


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