SMART workshop 2: Integration smart materials in soft robotics


A downloadable version of the programme could be accessed HERE.

This time 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 second training event will be organised either virtually (ZOOM) or physically if the current quarantine situation will be eased on 16 – 18 MARCH 2021.

The topic is “Integration smart materials in soft robotics” including training sessions on Science Communication and Fundraising skills.

Please note, participation is free. However, one’s registration details should include a motivations statement that should provide your intentions on why you would like to participate in the SMART workshop.

Workshop Programme

Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Workshop Welcome
09:00-09:15 Frank Clemens: Welcome and short overview Empa
09:15-09:30 Bram Vanderborght: Introduction SMART project
Session 1 ‘Elastomers’: Frank Clemens
09:30-10:30 Dorina Opris: Functional elastomers
10:30-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:30 Frank Nüesch: Printable and stretchable electronics
12:30-13:30 Lunch
Session 2 ‘Nanoparticles and functional fillers’: Guy Van Assche
13:30-14:30 Thomas Graule: Synthesis of Nanoparticles and surface modification
14:30-15:30 Frank Clemens: Introduction to Sensing Materials Part II – Magnetic Soft Sensors and Actuators
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
Session 3 ‘EAP based applications’: Dorina Opris
16:00-17:00 Gabor Kovacs: Industrial manufacturing of EAP transducers
17:00-18:00 Herb Shea: Soft Machines Driven by Electrostatic Forces
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Session 4 ‘Self-healing materials and robot applications’: Sandra Schlögl
09:00-10:00 Sandra Schlögl: Additive manufacturing with vitrimers
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11:30 Bilge Baytekin: Stimuli responsive materials for plant robots
11:30-12:30 Joost Brancart/Seppe Terryn: Combined mechanisms for self-healing soft sensors and actuators
12.30-13:30: Lunch
Session 5 ‘Scientific Skills 1’: Bilge Baytekin
13:30-14:30 Jochen Bihn: Open Access Publications
14:30-15:30 Anusch Bachofner: FAIR Data principle and openBIS system – Data management requested from public funding agencies
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
Session 6 ‘Scientific Skills 2’: Tonny Bosman
16:00-17:00 Andreas Kündig: Basics on patent applications
17:00-18:00 Pietro Lura/Manfred Heuberger: Bibliometrics and writing a good paper
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Session 7 ‘Soft Robot Controlling’: Fumiya Iida
09:00-10:00 Egidio Falotico: Model-free controllers for soft manipulators
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11:30 Thomas George: Learning based modelling and control of nonlinear time-variant materials
11:30-12:30 Robert Shepherd: Self-healing Photomechanical Systems
12.30-13:30: Lunch
Session 8 ‘Soft and Biomimetic Robots 1’: Matteo Cianchetti
13:30-14:30 Mirko Kovac: Physical artificial intelligence
14:30-15:30 Ardian Jusufi: Soft active materials enable transport in/of fluids, proprioceptive sensing, and mechanical feedback in biomimetic robots
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
Session 8 ‘Soft and Biomimetic Robots 1’: Maarja Kruusmaa
16:00-17:00 Gilles Decroly: Programmable Stimuli-Responsive Actuators for Complex Motions in Soft Robotics
17:00-18:00 Christoph Keplinger: HASEL Artificial Muscles—Versatile High-Performance Actuators for Bioinspired Robotics 

A personal invitation with a link to ZOOM will be communicated shortly prior to the event.

Thank you very much for your interest in the SMART programme!