TALLINN JUNE 20 - 23 / 2011

Workshop on Soft Robotics (abstract)

09.00 - 09.45 Barbara Mazzolai, Director, Centre for Micro-BioRobotics of IIT@SSSA, Pontedera (Pisa), Italy, Cecilia Laschi, Prof. of Biorobotics, Scuola Superiore Sant?Anna, The BioRobotics Institute, Pisa, Italy, ?The octopus as a paradigm for soft robotics?
09.45 - 11.00 Rolf Pfeifer, Director, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, University of Zurich, Switzerland, "Embodied artificial intelligence"
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 - 12.15 Barry Trimmer, Tufts University ? Department of Biology, ?Lessons from Life: Novel locomotory strategies for soft animals and robots?
12.15 - 13.00 Frederic Boyer, Prof. in Biorobotics, Ecole des Mines de Nantes-IRCCyN, Nantes, France, ?Macro-Continuous Dynamics For Hyper-Redundant Robots: Application to Kinematic Locomotion Bio-Inspired by Elongated Animals?
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 14.45 Koh Hosoda, University of Osaka, Japan, ?Muscular-skeleton robots as platforms for soft robotics?
14.45 - 15.30 Maarja Kruusma, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, Paolo Fiorini, University of Verona, Italy, ?Soft responses to hard problems: sensor-actuator coupling for a compliant robot in a fluid flow?
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 - 16.45 Virgilio Mattoli, Team Leader, Centre for Micro-BioRobotics of IIT@SSSA, Pontedera (Pisa), Italy, "Smart materials"
16.45 - 17.00 Conclusions