January 2014

Highlighted News

* IEEE ICRA Workshop on Soft and Stiffness-Controllable Robots for Minimally Invasive Surgery (June 1,2014)

* IEEE ICRA Workshop on Soft Robots (June 5,2014)

* RoboSoft: the Coordination Action for Soft Robotics start!

RoboSoft (http://www.robosoftca.eu/) is an EU-funded Coordination Action (CA) for Soft Robotics under the Future and Emerging Technologies Open Scheme (FP7-ICT-2013-C project #619319), that aims at creating a common forum to help soft robotics researchers to combine their efforts and enable the accumulation and sharing of scientific and technological knowledge to maximize the opportunities and materialize the huge potential impact of soft robotics technologies.

RoboSoft, coordinated by Prof. Cecilia Laschi (The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy) in partnership with the ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and the University of Bristol (UK), will involve the major excellent research laboratories and institutions at European and international level working in the field of soft robotics to take part to the scientific initiatives of the RoboSoft Community (plenary meetings and workshops, Summer Schools, working groups, and more).

RoboSoft will promote the visibility of soft robotics beyond its community and towards stakeholders and special interest research communities, to provide means for better exploiting the potential of soft robots and technologies in future ICT.

For more information about the RoboRoft Coordination Action please visit the RoboSoft web site: www.robosoftca.eu or contact Dr Laura Margheri, RoboSoft Scientific Secretariat and Management (laura.margheri@sssup.it).

New Project

The “Super Ball Bot” project, under development at NASA Ames, is a robotic exoskeleton designed to land on the surface of Titan without a parachute or airbag. The robot can then roll about the surface by adjusting its shape. The work is also based on the works published as a special issue on morphological computation (Artificial Life, Winter 2013).

Published Journal Articles

* Review, perspective:

* Soft manipulation:

* Soft locomotion:

* Soft sensing:

* Soft human-robot interactions:

* Growing robot:

* Soft actuator, flexible actuator, compliant actuator:

* Morphological computation, morphological change, self organization:

* Soft matter electronics, stretchable electronics:

* Biological studies:

Conference Papers

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