Soft Actuators: Design, Fabrication and Applications, 2nd Edition

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "A:Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 51

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Research Centre for Medical Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgical Devices, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen 518055, China
Interests: soft robotics; bioinspired robotics; smart materials; dielectric elastomer actuators; nonlinear dynamics
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Research Centre for Medical Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgical Devices, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen 518055, China
Interests: soft robotics; medical robotics; smart materials; dielectric elastomer actuators
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Soft robotics is a fascinating research field that integrates material sciences, robotics and biology to create the next generation of robots that can better adapt to natural environments with complex uncertainties and human-centric operations with strict safety requirements. As one of the core components of soft robots, soft actuators have always been the focus of this particular field of research. Over the last decade, we have witnessed the rapid development of many novel soft actuators, such as pneu-net and electroactive polymers, which have enabled soft robots to be capable of agile locomotion and complex task operations. However, we need to acknowledge that this field is still facing a set of key challenges. These include achieving more efficient/effective actuation of soft actuators through clever and elegant design; developing rapid, yet reliable, fabrication techniques to replace conventional, time-consuming casting for soft actuators; and developing novel applications for these soft actuators that exhibit their true potential in real-world settings.

This Special Issue will be devoted to state-of-the-art research on soft actuators, including the design, fabrication and applications of soft actuators. We seek submissions with original perspectives and advanced thinking on the theme addressed. In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Design of soft actuators;
  • Bio-inspired soft actuators;
  • Modeling of soft actuators;
  • Control of soft actuators;
  • Sensing of soft robots;
  • Materials of soft actuators;
  • Advanced fabrication techniques for soft actuators;
  • Artificial intelligence for soft robots;
  • Micro/nano soft actuators;
  • Soft robotic applications.

Dr. Chongjing Cao
Prof. Dr. Bo Li
Dr. Xing Gao
Guest Editors

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  • soft robotics
  • soft actuators
  • smart materials
  • bio-inspired designs
  • novel fabrication techniques
  • control of soft actuators
  • soft robotics applications

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