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3 April 2023, Singapore
RoboSoft 2023 Half Day Workshop: When Soft Robots Get Small
Inspired by biological organisms, soft robots need to integrate multiple functionalities on a small footprint to achieve autonomous operation. Due to size limitations, soft robotic design principles are even more stringent for small-scale soft robots (<5 cm, <5 g), where fabrication limitations necessitate a further reduction in the number of components to the bare minimum. However, such constraints are also the driving motivation that is pushing research efforts towards the development of new smart materials and actuation mechanisms. As a result, smart and biohybrid materials, 4D processes and hybrid manufacturing are being combined with embodied design strategies to form small soft robotic systems with unprecedented performances. In recent years, this philosophy has led to the development of small-scale soft robots (SSSRs) that display a variety of locomotion and fluid propulsion strategies. Such systems are believed to play a key role in applications oriented towards the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nation, such as “Good Health and Well-Being” and “Climate Action”. This workshop aims to highlight the recent advances of SSSRs, from new materials and fabrication processes to actuation mechanisms and functional embodiment, and to provide a forum for researchers of diverse backgrounds to discuss the recent achievements and draw the future research lines to promote the further development of the field.
More workshop information can be found at the following link: