SMART workshop 1: Fundamentals of smart materials and soft robotics


The event programme could be accessed here

The SMART ITN offers a multidisciplinary training by combining two emerging fields of smart materials and soft robots with meaningful societal and economic impact (T-model). The first training event will, due to Corona, be organised virtually (using ZOOM). The topic is “Fundamentals of smart materials and soft robotics” and training in scientific writing, ethics and presentation skills.”

Participation is for free, but registration with motivation has to be accepted. Click here to register.

A personal telco link will be communicated just before the event.

NOTE: THE TIMINGS GIVEN IN CEST (Central European Summer Time)

Day 1: Tuesday 20 October Fundamentals of smart materials: 

9:00-10:00 Introduction to self healing materials by J. Brancart (VUB)

10:00-11:00 Intro to supramolecular self-healing polymers by T. Bosmans (

11:00-11:30: break

11:30-12:30: Introduction to sensing materials by F. Clemens (EMPA)

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-14:30 Characterization of materials by G. Van Assche (VUB-FYSC)

14:30-15:30 Switchable materials by S. Schlögl (PCCL)

15:30-16:00: break

16:00-17:00 Research ethics by John Pearson (ethics office VUB)

17:00-17:30 Jan Anthonisen – Octinion – soft grippers for strawberry harvesting robot

Day 2: Wednesday 21 October Valorisation

11:00-11:30 Pol Paelinck – Centexbel – Smart and Responsive Textiles at Centexbel

11:30-12:00 Daniel Haefliger – Sateco XT

12:00-12:30 Francesco Ciardelli – SPIN-PETFormulations of  Complex Materials :From Science to Applied Technology

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-14:30 Processing techniques by E. Roels (VUB)

14:30-15:00: break

15:00-16:00 Intellectual property: Hugo Loosvelt (technology transfer office VUB)

16:00-17:00 Ethical writing training by Maarja Kruusmaa (TalTech)

Day 3:  Thursday 22 October Fundamentals of soft robotics technologies

9:00-11:00 Soft Robots and Actuators by Matteo Cianchetti  (SSSA)

11:00-11:30: break

11:30-12:30 Soft Sensors by F. Iida (UCAM)

12:30:13:30: Lunch beak

13:30-15:30  Presentation skills (Peter Van Rompaey – MARCOM)

15:30-16:00: break

16:00-17:00 Introduction to SOFA by P. Ferrentino.(VUB) + Hugo Talbot (INRA-Sofa Framework)

Day 4: Friday 23 October Fundamentals of smart materials in soft robotics

09:00-10:00 Self-regulating materials for soft robots by B. Baytekin (BUCHEM)

10:00-11:00 Self-healing soft robotics by Seppe Terryn (VUB-R&MM)

11:00-11:30 break

11:30-12:30 Control/AI by M. Kruusmaa (TalTech)