Material Robotics (MaRo)
Bridging Materials Science and Robotics

RSS Workshop
July 15th, 2017 - 9:30 am to 5:30 pm .
Location: Building 34, Room 302


Workshop Schedule

930Exciting introduction
945Pecha Kucha 1
1030Coffee Break
1100Pecha Kucha 2
1145Posters 1
1200Lunch & Posters 1
1330Plenary 1: George Whitesides
1415Plenary 2: Tom McKenna
1500Coffee Break & Posters 2
1530Posters 2
1615Breakout Group Discussions
1715Final thoughts


Pecha Kucha & Poster Schedule

Session 1
1Vikas, VisheshVikas, VisheshUniversity of Alabama at TuscaloosaLearning locomotion in soft material robots through environment interaction
2Fleming, ChloeFleming, C., and Menguc, Y.,Oregon State UniversityToolpath Planning for Continuous Extrusion Additive Manufacturing
3Zhang, JunZhang, J, and Yip, M.University of California at San DiegoThree-Dimensional Hysteresis Modeling of Robotic Artificial Muscles with Application to Shape Memory Alloy Actuators
4Stokes, AdamMcKenzie, R., and Stokes, AThe University of EdinburghExploring Complexity With Low Cost, Modular, Soft Robots: Linbots
5Miriyev, Aslan Aslan Miriyev and Hod LipsonColumbia UniversitySoft Robust Material for Self-Contained Electrically-Driven Soft Actuation
6Russell, LorenWissman, J., and Majidi, C.Carnegie Mellon UniversityLiquid Metal Actuator Powered by Electrochemical Manipulation of Surface Tension
7Duduta, MishuDuduta, M., Clarke, D., and Wood, R.Harvard UniversityMultilayer Dielectric Elastomer Actuators as Artificial Muscles
8Hellebrekers, TessHellebrekers, Tess, Ozutemiz, Kadri Bugra, Sherman, Lam, Majidi, CarmelCarnegie Mellon UniversitySoft Robot Gripper with Integrated Electronic Sensing Skin
9Felt, WyattWyatt, F., and Remy, C.University of MichiganSoft Actuators with Integrated Inductance Sensing for Material Robotics
10Shah, DylanJoran W. Booth, Edward L. White, Michelle C. Yuen, and Rebecca Kramer-BottiglioYale UniversityRobotic Skins for Boundary Control of Soft Bodies
11Zhao, HuichanZhao, H., and Shepherd, R.Cornell UniversityOptoelectronic Sensing for Soft Robots
12Hughes, DanaHughes, D., Heckman, C., and Correll, N.University of Colorado at BoulderTerrain Sensitive Tires for Autonomous Driving
13Dorsey, KristenDorsey, K., Kacmoli, S., and Lazarus, N.Smith CollegeA Strain-Isolated Capacitor In A Hyperelastic Substrate
14Walsh, ConorWalsh, ConorHarvard UniversitySoft Materials in Wearable Robots
Session 2
15Ciocarlie, MateiCiocarlie, MateiColumbia UniversityThe Many Ways in which Fingertip Material Properties Affect Tactile Sensing: Lessons Learned the Hard Way
16Wen, Li Yueping Wang, Yufeng Chen, Xingbang Yang, Dylan Wainwright, Christopher Kenaley, Huan Liu, Juan Guan, James Weaver, Robert Wood, Li WenBeihang UniversityA bio- robotic remora (suckerfish) disc for underwater hitchhiking: design, fabrication, and function
17Gul, Jahan Zeb Gul, J. and Choi, K.Jeju National University.Multi-material Composite based Soft Catheter with Omni Directional Movement for Bio-Medical Applications
18Huang, Po-JungHuang, P., and Kameoka, J.Texas A&M UniversityPneumatic actuated Soft Micromold (PASMO) to create 3D Collagen microparticles
19Walker, StephWalker, S., Rueben, J., van Volkenburg, T., Hemleben, S., Grimm, C., Simonsen, J., and Menguc, Y.Oregon State UniversityUsing an Environmentally Benign and Degradable Elastomer in Soft Robotics
20Harnett, CindyHarnett, C., and Wagner, B.University of LouisvilleExpanding the robotics materials set with machine embroidery
21Shi, BenjaminShi, B., Drotman, D., Christianson, C., Lee, S., and Tolley, M.University of California at San DiegoTowards Rapid Fabrication of Soft Robot Hands for Haptic Object Visualization
22Leang, KamLeang, K., and Carrico, J.University of UtahFree-form Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) of Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites (IPMCs) for Soft Robotics
23Melenbrink, NathanMelenbrink, N., and Werfel, J.Harvard UniversityLow-cost Force-sensing Methods for Evaluating Strength and Stability in Large-scale Unsupervised Construction
24Branyan, CallieBranyan, C., and Menguc, Y.,Oregon State UniversityMechanically Pre-programming Soft Robots for Specific Shape Spaces
25Wang, LilianKe Yang, Ajay Dusane, Melanie Cotton, Jingjin Xie, Yanjun Wang, Xiangyu Gong, Suze Zhang, Chen Yang, Eugene Kim, Kaiyan Yu, Jingang Yi, and Aaron D. MazzeoRutgers UniversityAquatic and Aerodynamic Fluid-Soft Robotic Interactions
26Ryan TrubyTruby, R., and Lewis, J.Harvard University3D Printing of Soft Materials for Robotics
27Yirmibesoglu, DoganYirmibesoglu, D., Morrow, J., and Menguc, Y.Oregon State University3D Printing Soft Robots and Design Rules

Detailed Schedule Link

Important dates:

Extended abstract submission: May 31, 2017 New Date: June 5th, 2017 (midnight US Pacific time)
Notification of acceptance: June 7, 2017
Distribution-ready* papers due: July 5, 2017 (*to be shared with workshop participants)


Please e-mail submissions (which we hope will include a description of your demo!) to:
Use the subject line (without quotes): "MaRo2017 Submission"


The original vision of a ''robot'' introduced by Karel Capek in 1920 was that of an autonomous computing machine molded in the image of humans. Interestingly, the play begins with a discussion of the materials that make up the robots and introduces the techniques used to spin and extrude such materials into synthetic body parts and squishy computers. Apparently, it was intuitive to imagine robots not just in our image but also from the same kind of soft materials. Considering robots as closely influenced by and contributing to the study of materials can make this vision a reality. The goal of this workshop is bring together researchers in robotics and material science to learn from each other, and identify the research challenges and applications of robotic materials.

The workshop combines extremely focused spotlight talks (less than 5 minutes) with interactive breakout sessions to facilitate discussion and communication between the domains of materials science and robotics. Keynote talks by Harvard Prof. George Whitesides (confirmed) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) Program Officer Tom McKenna (tentative) will provide context to the history and future of the converging research efforts.

Lunch and Dinner included!: Accepted participants will be treated to lunch and dinner courtesy of CCC.

Travel support available!: Students, postdocs, and junior faculty in need of travel support should contact the organizers to discuss potential financial support from the CCC.

Call for Contributions:

We are soliciting extended abstracts in the RSS or IEEE format (1-2 pages plus references. Good Example.). Accepted contributions may be presented either as extremely focused short spotlight talks or in poster sessions. Live hands-on demos are strongly encouraged for both contribution formats and will be prioritized in our selection process.

Topics broadly include (but are not limited to):
  • Computation, sensing, and (wireless) communication integrated into materials.
  • Large-scale distributed computation co-located with signal sources and control targets.
  • Autonomous machines that exploit material properties to extend and expand normal robotic operations, such as changing appearance, stiffness or shape in response to the environment.
  • Process control capabilities of materials to facilitate making of robots, e.g. additive manufacturing, 4D printing, self-assembly, etc.
  • Applications in underwater robots for manipulation, soft adaptive fabrics, structures that self-monitor and morph, and multifunctional everyday objects that change shape or color for the occasion.

Organizing Committee

  • Contact Person: Yigit Menguc : : Oregon State University : Robotics and Mechanical Engineering
  • Nikolaus Correll : : University of Colorado, Boulder : Computer Science
  • Jamie Paik : : Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Rebecca Kramer : : Yale University : Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science


Generous Support:

CRA Computing Community Consortium (CCC) (Sponsor):
The mission of the Computing Research Association's Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community and enable the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research. CCC conducts activities that strengthen the research community, articulate compelling research visions, and align those visions with pressing national and global challenges. CCC communicates the importance of those visions to policymakers, government and industry stakeholders, the public, and the research community itself.