RSS Workshop - July 15th, 2017

Material Robotics (MaRo) - Bridging Materials Science and Robotics


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


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